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Book cheap flights to New Zealand from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban. The stop-over destination will be determined by your airline and city of departure, with flights stopping in Dubai, Hong Kong or Doha. Flight ticket prices may vary, depending on your airline of choice, but you can compare cheap flight prices between Emirates Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airlines or search for student flights if you’re under the age of 25 or a full-time student. Cheap travel deals might be available in quieter seasons.

 

Attractions in Auckland

Breathtaking natural scenery is what rates Auckland as one of the most livable cities in the world. Based around 2 large harbours, the city is named ‘The City of Sails’ because of the large number of yachts that sail between the 2 harbours. Look beyond the harbor and you’d be able to spot some of the 48 volcanic cones across Auckland – not only do they form part of a unique Auckland landscape, but they hold cultural, historical and spiritual significance for the Māori people of New Zealand. There are a couple of half-day tours available to Mount Eden, Rangitoto or One Tree Hill, which are all rated amongst the top destinations to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand. If exploring a volcano are too adventurous for you, you can discover one of the beautiful beaches in the area – Mission Bay, Milford Beach, Cheltenham Beach and St Helliers are some of the most recommended.

 

Shopping in Auckland

As New Zealand’s biggest City, Auckland is packed with shopping options – whether you’re a first-time backpacker or a seasoned traveller. True Kiwi style is to combine your shopping with coffee – so make sure you squeeze in a flat white or a single-origin pour-over at one of the many local cafes. For shoppers there are a few must-visit stops of which Britomart and the well-known Queen Street are at the top of the list. Britomart is home to designer boutiques, award-winning eateries and the beautiful juxtaposition of some of the city’s oldest and most modern architecture. If you’re looking for something just a little different, head to the area of Ponsonby, just 10 minutes from the city centre. One of the hippest areas, it’s known for fashion, especially showcasing the best local designers. From boutiques and designer fashion to five-star restaurants and casual cafes – if the shopping is done, sit down for a drink or wait for the sun to set and the music to start.

 

Transportation in Auckland

Once you’ve arrived at Auckland International Airport you can get to your accommodation via the shuttle, bus or train services. Consider getting the AT HOP card if you’re staying in Auckland for a few days. Similar to the Oyster card in London, it’s a prepaid card which can give you up to 20% off the normal fares, and can be used on the Auckland buses, trains and ferries. Alternatively, hire a car from the airport for the duration of your stay, this will give you more flexibility and accessibility to add a day trip to Matakana waterfalls, Karekare Falls or the Waitakere Ranges.

 

Accommodations in Auckland

From backpackers and hostels to luxury hotels and Airbnb apartments – there are many options for every kind of budget in the city of Auckland. First-time visitors can stay in the CBD to have a true cosmopolitan experience with easy accessibility to restaurants, shops and some of the city’s mayor sites. For an alternative, and more cost-effective district, search for cheap accommodation in Grey Lynn. Just 3 kilometers west of the city centre, this neighbourhood are often referred to as the arty one, being home to some of the cities free-thinkers. With a choice of good restaurants and cafes in the area, it’s become a popular area for both visitors and local residents.

 

Flights to Auckland

There are currently no direct flights available to Auckland from South Africa. The shortest flights have one stop over and are available through Qauntas Airlines, South African Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. Other airlines that fly to Auckland from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban include Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and KLM. The fastest flight to Auckland takes approximately 22 hours. Your flight time to Auckland will of course be longer if you have more than one layover travelling from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban and can take up to 40 hours. Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. The Auckland City service operates 24/7 with two bus routes between the Airport and the city and takes approximately 40-60 minutes.

 

Our expert preferred spot in Auckland

Rangitoto Island is a dormant volcanic island that’s situated not far from downtown Auckland. You can get there by ferry in only 25 minutes but hiring a kayak and paddling across to this 5.5km wide island is by far the more enjoyable day trip activity. Once you arrive you can walk up the old lava flows to the summit which will take you approximately 1 hour, or alternatively you can join a guided tour on a train to the top. The panoramic view from the summit Is breathtaking, make sure your selfie stick is at hand. Auckland is known for having more local cafes and coffee shops in comparison to the big coffee franchises. From pour-overs and cold-press to standard flat whites – if you’re serious about coffee you’ll visit one of the local roasteries like Allpress Expresso, Weta Coffee or Espresso Workshop. Grab a cold brew at Chuffed in the Auckland city centre or visit Amano, Eighthirty or Coffee Pen.