Auckland, New Zealand

The Islands of New Zealand, in the south-western Pacific Ocean to the west of Australia, offer awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate, making it a haven for many outdoor activities.  And although New Zealand is comparable on size to the UK, there are only 4 million residents.  You can experience a truly a magical, peaceful experience which lacks for nothing, except, possibly, people!  Many would say that's what makes the country so special.  Once you are away from the main cities, people become a very scarce commodity.  However, this cannot be said for the sheep, cattle and deer, of which there are millions!


Located towards the northern tip of the North Island, Auckland is sandwiched between 2 large bays in two different seas.  The Hauraki Gulf in the north-east coast, is on the Pacific Ocean, and Manukau Harbour on the south-west coast, is on the Tasman Sea.  This forms a slender landbridge between the larger southern part of the island, and the narrow north of the island.  The city has a predominently European-descendant population, but also has Asian, Maori and large Polynesian communities.


The harbour-side city is vast with a huge amount to offer the short stop or long stay tourist.  From world-class shopping, dining to suit many different palates and budgets, a buzzing nightlife, many large parks and green areas, the Auckland Zoo and numerous museums and cultural exhibits, to the 328 metre high Sky Tower, offering an observation deck, SkyJump bungee jump, and in the complex at ground level, 2 hotels, bars, cafes, an eclectic range of restaurants and a glitzy casino.


A huge attraction in Auckland is the water front, bay and many different islands of the Hauraki Gulf, and why the city is nicknamed 'The City of Sails'.  From the harbour-side and surrounding coast, you swim, snorkel, sail, and take bay cruises, whale and dolphin safaris, and ferries to some of the islands in the bay.  Some of the islands offer wildlife santuries, lovely beaches, cove and coastal walks, vinyards, snorkelling, swimming and horseriding.  One of the best and most popular islands to visit is Great Barrier Island, which is a natural haven of stunning beaches, amazing coral formations, fantastic scenery, hot thermal springs and great hiking and walking; just don't forget your camera!


Travelling around Auckland is easy and usually hassle free.  Driving a hire car here is easy, with roads similar to the UK, and driving on the left, as we do.  The city is huge and a car would make things a little easier to get to places, but if you would rather not, there is a comprehensive and cheap bus service called The Link, trains services, and mainly through central and southern Auckland, water taxis and ferry boats


The weather in Auckland is ideal for most tourists, almost all the year round.  The summer months, January and February, average a daily temperature of 23C/74F and the winter months, July and August, averages a 14C/57F daily temperature.


Tipping in New Zealand is not expected or required, but if you feel someone has provided exceptional service or kindness, tips are usually accepted with gratitude.


Auckland is an ideal place for a stopover, but with so much to see, you may want to stay more than a day or two


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If you have any questions regarding the islands of the Pacific Ocean or you would like us to provide a quote for your planned itinerary, then please contact us, we will be more than happy to help.


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Transpacific's recommended hotel selection

Mercure Auckland Hotel - Rooms available from £110 per room, per night

A contemporary, spacious hotel, located in the heart of the waterfront district, The Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and City.

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Hilton Auckland - Rooms available from £176 per room, per night

The Hilton Auckland is located in the heart of Auckland city, at the end of the Princes Wharf, which extends 300 meters out into Auckland Harbour.

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M Social Hotel - Rooms available from £115 per room per night

Located right on Auckland's waterfront, the newly opened M Social Hotel provides quick and easy access to the Viaduct Basin, Central Business District, shopping, bars, restaurants, and all the harbour activities

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Grand Chancellor Hotel Auckland Airport - Rooms available from £70 per night

The Grand Chancellor Hotel at Auckland International Airport is a short 5-10 minute shuttle ride from the terminals, and only 9 miles (15km) from Auckland city centre.

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Amora Hotel Auckland - Rooms available from £100 per room per night

Centrally situated in Auckland, The Amora Hotel Auckland is a recently refurbished boutique hotel, with easy access to all the attractions the city has to offer.

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Barclay Suites Auckland - Rooms available from £91 per room per night

With 69 one bedroom and 41 two bedroomed suites, being situated within 100 metres of the shopping in Queen Street, in the heart of the Central Business District, the Chifley Suites is in a great location for exploring Auckland.

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Skycity Hotel - Rooms are availabe from £106 per room, per night

A modern and contemporary hotel in the centre of Auckland, in the Skycity Entertainment complex, offering over 340 recently refurbished and well appointed rooms.

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Skycity Grand Hotel, Rooms available from £125 per room per night

With 316 Luxury Guest Rooms and Suites, the 5-star Skycity Grand Hotel is located in central Auckland, at the Skycity Entertainment Complex on the Harbourfront.

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Braemar Bed & Breakfast Residence

Lovingly restored over 7 years, the luxurious Braemar Bed & Breakfast is the last Victorian property in central Auckland still used as a residence.

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Citylife Auckland, Rooms available from £110 per room , per night

The Citylife Auckland Hotel is a centrally located aparthotel with a perfect blend of comfort and functionality, offering your choice of Superior Guest Rooms and one-, two- or three-bedroom suite options.

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Crowne Plaza Auckland Rooms are available from £123 per room, per night

The Crowne Plaza Auckland offers modern, comfortable accommodation and selection of useful facilities, in a great location right in the centre of Auckland, close to shops, restaurants, entertainment and the Harbourside.

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Jet Park Airport Hotel - Rooms available from £86 per night

The Jet Park Hotel at Auckland Airport is a friendly,family run quality hotel just 5 minutes from the terminals.  They also offer complimentary car parking and up to 14 days free aiport parking for 1 car per room.

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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City, Rooms available frm £92 per room, per night

The Copthorne Hotel Auckland City is right in the heart of central Auckland, within easy reach of Queen Street and Viaduct Basin, the Central Business District, SKYCITY Entertainment complex, and the Harbourside area.

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