Auckland Flights:

Flights to Auckland

image of Auckland Auckland is the largest and most populous city in New Zealand and is situated on the country’s North Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Auckland International Airport is New Zealand’s largest airport and is well connected with South Africa. Direct flights depart from OR Tambo in Johannesburg as well as from Cape Town and Durban and there is a good choice of airlines to use for your flight from South Africa. British Airways (BA), South African Airways (SAA), Air Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Malaysia Airlines all fly these routes.

There are several forms of transport to get you from Auckland airport to either the suburbs, or into the city centre itself, including shuttles, buses and taxis.

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The Tourist Attractions of Auckland:

Auckland is a vibrant city with a great mix of attractions for visitors to enjoy. When not enjoying the attractions you can sit back and admire the scenery of volcanoes, ocean, sea and two harbours.

A good place to start a tour of Auckland is at the Sky Tower. This is a 328 metre high tower, making it the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. You can of course go to the top of the tower for fantastic views of up to 80 km (50 miles) all around. Really daring visitors can also choose to do a SkyJump where you leap off the tower and fall 192 metres. Unlike a bungee, this is actually a controlled and smooth fall!

One of New Zealand’s best museums is here in Auckland: the Auckland War Memorial Museum; though despite its name, the museum is in fact a general one. It has large collections of both natural and human history as well as a pictorial collection of photographs and art.

Keeping with this theme, the Auckland Art Gallery holds the largest collection of national and international art in the country and you can also visit the New Zealand National Maritime Museum and MOTAT – the Museum of Transport and Technology.

If you prefer the animal kingdom, Auckland has several attractions for you too: Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World is an aquarium with an Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, whilst Auckland Zoo contains 500 animals of 150 different species. For more family fun, visit Rainbow’s End, a theme park with family focused rides and attractions.

Auckland has some great natural attractions too. There are many parks here, including those which are based around the cones of extinct volcanoes. Mount Eden is one such park and provides the highest natural point in the whole city so is a popular one to climb! There’s also One Tree Hill and Mount Victoria to climb for slightly different views.

To the west of the North Shore of Auckland City is the Waitakere Ranges, about a half hour drive from the centre. This is an area of spectacular natural beauty, including waterfalls, lookouts and beaches. Some areas are just a few minutes walk from convenient car parks, others require a longer walk, but all of the scenery and views are worth it!

Back in the city, there are many restaurants, cafe’s and shops to wander around. The Otara Flea Market, which takes place every Saturday morning, is very popular and sells a variety of goods, many of which are influenced by the culture of this area of the city which is mainly Polynesian.

When Should You Visit?:

Auckland experiences warm and humid summers, and mild and wet winters though rain is common and fairly frequent all year round!

February is the hottest month with an average high of 23.7C (74.7F) and July is the coldest with an average high of 14.5C (58F) and low of 7.1C (45F).

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