Auckland city life
Auckland is not the kind of place you would get bored while living here, as the city has a little something for everyone, indulging all tastes.
Main attractions include:
- Sky Tower
- Auckland Civic Theatre – famous heritage atmospheric theatre
- Harbour Bridge
- Auckland Town Hall – with a concert hall considered having some of the finest acoustics in the world
- Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Aotea Centre
- Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Check out the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, performing concerts and accompanying opera and ballet.
Walk through Ponsonby, the main street in Auckland known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas, and Aotea Square – the hub of downtown Auckland. Enjoy promenades in Auckland’s parks: Auckland Domain, Albert Park, Myers Park, Western Park and Victoria Park.
Since Auckland is the only city in the world built on a basaltic volcanic field that is still active, you should take trips to see Maungawhau / Mount Eden, Takarunga/Mount Victoria or Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and their volcanic cones.
One of Auckland's nicknames, the "City of Sails", is derived from the popularity of sailing here. The Waitemata Harbour has several popular swimming beaches, including Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Devonport, and Takapuna.
Auckland is abundant in bars and restaurants including live music venues. Federal Street and Vulcan Lane both have a great selection of bars and restaurants.
International atmosphere in Auckland
Auckland is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and the most cosmopolitan in New Zealand, embracing and welcoming people coming from all over the globe. Almost 40 % of the population is born overseas and Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population worldwide. Other significant minorities are: British, Irish, Maori, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Indians and people from South Africa.
Auckland experiences warm, humid summers and mild winters. Auckland is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and also one of the sunniest. High levels of rainfall occur almost year-round, but snowfall is very rare. Temperatures during the day range from around 15 °C (59° F) from June to August to around 22-24 °C (71-74° F) from December to March, so basically what you would call “winter season” it is actually summer in Auckland.