Air New Zealand announced its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft – painted in the airline’s stunning All Blacks livery – will be used for non-stop flights from Auckland to Perth. The announcement was made at the unveiling of the 787-9 in April 2014 as the aircraft was formally unveiled. The plane will be the first…read more >>>
Vibrant, cosmopolitan and the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is situated on a narrow strip of land between two harbors – Waitemata, to the northeast provides access to the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean; Manukau Harbor to the southwest provides access to the Tasman Sea.
The Maori people refer to the city as Tamaki-makau-rau: the maiden with 100 lovers. Legend has it that Auckland earned its name because it is a place desired by all and conquered by many. We can't speak to conquering the city but do know that Auckland is definitely somewhere you'll want to visit.
Aucklanders enjoy a warm, temperate climate and an outdoor lifestyle with a city center that includes many parks and wide-open spaces. Visitors can enjoy the city's many unique villages, each with a character defined by their prominent heritage buildings. Visit Parnell, Newmarket, Devenport, or Ponsonby for trendy boutiques, art galleries, outdoor cafes and popular bars.
Auckland is a leader in Pacific Rim cuisine, a style combining fresh seafood and meats with flavors drawn from European, the Mediterranean, and Asian influences. Be sure to sample some of the fine dining options while you're there.
- Enjoy a day in Takapuna on the North Shore, starting with brunch at Jam Organic Café to savor organic and free-range delights prepared by a well-known local chef; work off your meal with a walk by the beach between Takapuna and Milford to watch the kite surfers and meander through a unique fossilized forest - the result of volcanic activity many years ago.
- Texan Art Schools’ five Auckland shops feature the work of talented New Zealand artists and designers with a focus on contemporary, quirky, well-designed gifts and products, rather than the traditional woolly sheepskins.
- New Zealand’s original boutique brewery, the 109-year-old Shakespeare Brewery & Hotel is owned and run by former All Black Ron Urlich. Award-winning beers including Summer’s Day Bohemian Pilsener and Puck’s Pixilation are brewed on site.
- Catch one of the daily Maori cultural performances for a welcome dance and the legendary haka at the Auckland Museum. You'll also be able to see excellent exhibits of Maori art and follow the history of New Zealand's military involvement.
- Mingle with the locals at the Westfield Shopping Centres: Auckland’s Downtown Centre is a short walk from the international cruise ship terminal – for last minute items and souvenirs; in Takepuna, Westfield’s themed boutique retail center features designer shops and stylish bars and restaurants.
- Visit Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland for wine tasting and great food on an island-community rich in Maori and European history.
- Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is an interactive experience for those not heading to the southern end of the earth. See colonies of penguins play in real ice and snow; hand feed sting rays and explore the fascinating Southern and pacific marine environments - or plunge into the tanks and get really up close to the marine life.
- AJ Hackett Bungy is the ultimate adrenalin rush and the world’s first harbor bridge bungy jump. From Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, you can leap out over the edge to touch the Waitamata Harbour.
- Relax on the water while seeing the city from a different perspective. Choices include a sightseeing cruise, sailing on a former America’s Cup yacht and chartering your own boat.
- Join a guided tour to Rangitoto Island, home of a dormant volcano, for a train ride and 900 meter boardwalk to the top for spectacular 360 degree views of the Hauraki Gulf.
- The wild black sandy surf beaches of Piha and Karekare, on the west coast, with their waterfalls, native rainforest and gannet colony are not to be missed. Stop by a winery on your way for great tastings.
- The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure - 1,000 feet - in New Zealand. From the glass bottom viewing platforms, you'll find the most amazing 360 degree views of the region. The adventurous can try SkyJump, a 630 foot jump off the tower or SkyWalk, a thrilling walk along the edge of the tower - with no handrails!
If you’re departing from Auckland Airport with too much time before your flight, here’s something to pass the time – and help ensure a good sleep on your flight. Auckland Airport has opened a nearly 5 kilometers (3 miles) long Runway Mountain Bike Park, which has been designed for everyone from beginners through to advanced…read more >>>
Air New Zealand announced its first commercial route for its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will be flights to Perth from Auckland. Although Air New Zealand has not announced plans to introduce this aircraft on its flights to New Zealand from the US, North American travelers will be able to experience this luxurious aircraft when their…read more >>>
Jetstar, the low-cost subsidiary of Australian carrier Qantas, will launch flights between the South Australian capital city, Adelaide and Auckland, New Zealand from December. The non-stop flights will operate three times per week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – beginning on December 16. The flights will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft. Air New…read more >>>
Australian airline Qantas has been named the official airline for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand segments of singer Taylor Swift’s The RED Tour. The Australia/NZ segment of the tour will start with Swift performing at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on November 29 & 30. It will be followed by stadium shows…read more >>>
Air New Zealand has announced increasing capacity on one regional route and axing flights on two loss-making routes, as a reaction to prevailing market conditions. The airline will increase capacity between Auckland and Rotorua from February 2014 by introducing a larger Bombardier Q300 aircraft on the route. The 50-seat Q300 will replace the 19-seat Beech 1900D…read more >>>
Qantas is launching a new schedule for flights between Australia and New Zealand to better align the flights with its partner Emirates. The airline will also launch twice-weekly seasonal flights between Auckland, New Zealand and the Western Australian city of Perth from December 6. Under the new schedule, Qantas is changing its existing Christchurch to…read more >>>
Air Tahiti Nui will increase flights between Los Angeles and Auckland via Papeete, Tahiti, the idyllic French Polynesian destination, to 3 times per week, from 2 per week at present, beginning December 10. The airline will launch an additional year-round flight between Auckland and Papeete on Tuesdays, in addition to the existing Thursday and Sunday…read more >>>
Culinary hotspots in New Zealand’s largest city As far as location and climate go, you can’t ask for a much better place to create (and taste!) superb fresh produce than New Zealand. Auckland’s gastronomic scene has been built on this foundation: a whole host of superb places to eat have made central Auckland a real…read more >>>
If you’ve flown to Auckland on a flight from Los Angeles, you’ll find this airport a welcome change from the hecticity of LAX. To help you navigate through the compact airport, here are some handy tips: Baggage Luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport and are free to use. If you’ve arrived at the domestic…read more >>>