Located in the southern suburb of Mangere, Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. The airport consists of an International Terminal and a Departure Terminal connected by a retail area.
To get from the airport to the city centre, you can hop on Airbus Expresses that runs 24/7 and connects to the Downtown Ferry Terminal, or take the 380 Airporter to various parts of the city. Taxis are available at both terminals as well. When you’re in the city centre, you can get around by bus, train, taxi, or by renting a car. Opting to rent a car might be a good choice, as Auckland does not boast an extensive public transport network. However, if you do not have a driving license or are not confident in tackling foreign roads, buy a day pass and hop on a bus to explore the city.
Auckland is dubbed the “City of Sails”, due to the large number of yachts dotting the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. The modern cosmopolitan city that has an interesting cultural mix; while the majority of inhabitants claim European descent, there is a substantial number of Māori, Pacific Islander, and Asian communities as well.
If you're looking for the perfect beach holiday, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is the answer to your prayers. There are more than 50 islands within the park, many of which are public conservation lands and are open to the public for recreation. The most popular island is Waiheke Island, thanks to its scenic beaches and vineyards that produce wines with a distinctive character. A quieter alternative to the bustling Waiheke Island is the neighboring Motuihe. Like Waiheke, Motuihe is known for its beaches and is a popular spot for day trips.
Should you prefer to stay indoors, head to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to discover and understand the history and culture of New Zealand. The iconic building is one the country’s most important museums and war memorials as its collection covers New Zealand’s naturak and military history. Permanent exhibitions include a large collection of Māori and Pacific Island artefacts and treasures.
Another iconic building you should put on top of your itinerary is Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. The gallery boasts the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. This award-winning establishment, filled with world-class art is sure to keep you occupied all day.
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