Auckland is New Zealand's most urbanized city, with 33% of all residents of the country. This is the largest political and economic center of an island nation spread in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean. The city is located on 48 extinct volcanoes that turned into mountains, lakes, and even islands. It is called the most colorful city of Polynesia, because it harmoniously combines Asian, European and Polynesian culture. Tourists will not find historical architectural monuments, ancient castles or fortresses, but this is not what attracts millions of travelers every year. Auckland is beautiful, with a large number of modern museums and galleries. All travelers of all ages will be pleased to spend a couple of days here, and many will think about staying here forever.
Districts of Auckland
Many green parks, futuristic structures, monumental bridges, the largest zoo and aquarium in Polynesia, beautiful scenery, and, of course, the Bay of Islands — all these make a lasting impression not only on beginners tourists but also on experienced travelers.
Brief history of Auckland
In 1840, on the approval of the local chiefs, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, which implied the creation of a new colony. It was named for George Eden, the first earl of Oakland. In 1842, the name was approved by the Queen of Great Britain.
As the city developed, a new stream of settlers poured through Auckland. Most of these were families from Australia, and after a while, British natives began to move here.
Because of the increased population and a more favorable location, it was decided to move the capital of New Zealand to the city of Wellington, which remains the capital to this day.
Despite the large influx of migrants from England and Scotland, most of Auckland's population is from the Polynesian community, and the city itself is the unofficial capital of Polynesia.
The best time to visit Auckland
However, the weather in Auckland changes very often and dramatically. The locals say that it's like a girl's temperament. The warmest months are December and March. The air temperature during this time reaches +24°C.
Winter in Auckland lasts from June to September, with temperatures ranging from +10 to +14°C. By the way, it is during this period that the city receives the greatest amount of precipitation.
Do you want to save money? Then remember, where you can go for free. The Art Gallery often hosts exhibitions, such as the LEGO construction, where every child can get a Lego set as a gift. Silo Cinema offers watching movies in the open air every Friday and Saturday in summer. The Botanic Garden is a must-see for all tourists.
New Zealand is one of the most difficult countries to get a visa to. In addition to a huge package of documents, it is necessary to translate papers at an official bureau and have everything certified by a notary.
The country does not have the warmest weather, but it has the highest sunshine. People with fair skin should especially stock up on sunscreen.
Things to do in Auckland
- Climb the Sky Tower, Auckland's landmark. It's a 328-meter radio tower with a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.
- Rent a bike and head to Mission Bay Beach. After exploring the outskirts of the city, finish your route on the Pacific Ocean. Here you can roast sausages, taste local ice cream, and watch the sunset while basking in the warm sand.
- Visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens. There are more than 10,000 plants from around the world, and unique species found only on Polynesian soil.
- Go to a surfer's paradise. The small town of Raglan is about 150 kilometers from Auckland, and it's where the flat waves form for surfing, which attracts surfers from all over the world.
- Try Hangi. This is an ancient way of cooking Aboriginal Maori food. Meat or vegetables are placed in a special oven, which is located underground. The entire process takes 3-4 hours.
- Climb to Mount Eden. It is a long-extinct volcano with an overgrown grass crater. There is a photographic view of the Sky Tower from the top.
- Buy real uggs. Comfortable shoes on sheep's fur began its conquest of the planet from Oakland. You can also bring woolen items, New Zealand jade, bone jewelry, paua (shell with unusual shimmering colors), or Maori products as a souvenir.