Auckland is not the capital of New Zealand, but it is by far the largest city in the country. This means that it is the hub of many major New Zealand industries and offers some of the best dining and nightlife that the country has to offer. Planning a trip to Auckland can be a tricky thing to do as there is simply so much on offer that choosing an activity can be a very tricky task. This guide will explore some of the best things to do in the city by day and by night, making it easy to select the best activities.
Eating in Auckland
Auckland’s size and diversity mean that it offers some of the best foods available in New Zealand. Almost every cuisine from around the world is available somewhere in the city and Asian foods, particularly from Japan and China, are particularly well represented. Restaurants with views of the ocean tend to book up particularly quickly and visitors who want to be able to enjoy the sights of the city when they dine are advised to book as early as possible.
Nightlife in Auckland
The bars around Viaduct Harbour are the first places that most people head to when looking for nighttime diversions in Auckland. The area is popular with locals, backpackers and other visitors alike. Younger visitors (and younger-looking visitors) should keep in mind that establishments in New Zealand tend to be pretty strict at IDing customers who order alcohol. At busy times, it may not even be possible to gain access to a club without showing a valid ID.
Away from the busier venues, Britomart Street offers a slightly more refined take on Auckland’s nightlife and is more dedicated to bars than clubbing. In short, no matter what a visitor’s taste and preferences when it comes to going out, there is almost certainly a venue in Auckland that is right for them.
Practical tips for visiting Auckland
Auckland has by far the busiest and best-connected airport in New Zealand, so getting here from Australia, the rest of Asia, and North America is relatively easy. Due to the distance involved, visitors from Europe will have to change planes somewhere in Asia or North America, but there are plenty of airlines who will be quite happy to make the arrangements. In short, getting to Auckland is easier than ever, and nothing should stand in the way of a visit.