Auckland is the main hub for cruise ships to New Zealand. It is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of more than 1.3 million people.
Known as the city of sails, Auckland is built on a narrow strip of land surrounded by two harbours, dotted with 50 picturesque islands. For a popular metropolis, it certainly has a lot of natural beauty on offer. Volcanic cones, forest parks and stunning beaches are all within easy reach.
In downtown Auckland you can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, and sights. Favourite cultural attractions include the Auckland Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery. If you've a mind to explore, visit the island volcano of Rangitoto, or head to Waiheke, known as 'the island of wine'; each are within a 40 minute ferry ride of your port.
Popular onshore activities in Auckland
- Visit the Sky Tower and travel 328 metres up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms. Family members who are 10 years or over might like to do a Sky walk or Sky jump!
- Experience New Zealand's rich history at the Auckland Museum. Daily Maori cultural performances include a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and haka.
- Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World gets you up close and personal with sharks and penguins.
- Explore the Viaduct Harbour area that hosted the America's Cup; the waterfront boasts a wide aray of excellent restaurants and cafes. Go sailing on an Americaí»s Cup yacht, or if you're feeling brave, try bridge climbing, bungy jumping or jet boating!
- Auckland offers outstanding shopping, with New Zealand labels like Karen Walker, Workshop, Zambesi and World. Head to High Street and Chancery Lane for the top shops.
- Go sightseeing! Visit the summit of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano that last erupted about 15,000 years ago or take a tour to the Waitakere Ranges or black sand beaches which lie to the west of the city.
Cruise ships will berth at either Princes or Queens Wharf, which are both in downtown Auckland. Auckland is the main hub for cruise ships to New Zealand. Upon arrival you will be greeted by friendly and helpful locals who can supply maps and important information such as where to find money changing facilities.