Auckland is the main hub for cruise ships to New Zealand. It is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of more than 1.3 million people.
Known as the city of sails, Auckland is built on a narrow strip of land surrounded by two harbours, dotted with 50 picturesque islands. For a popular metropolis, it certainly has a lot of natural beauty on offer. Volcanic cones, forest parks and stunning beaches are all within easy reach. In downtown Auckland you can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, and sights. Favourite cultural attractions include the Auckland Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery. If you've a mind to explore, visit the island volcano of Rangitoto, or head to Waiheke, known as 'the island of wine' each are within a 40 minute ferry ride of your port.
Cruise ships will berth at either Princes or Queens Wharf, which are both in downtown Auckland.
Auckland is the main hub for cruise ships to New Zealand. Upon arrival you will be greeted by friendly and helpful locals who can supply maps and important information such as where to find money changing facilities.
Both cruise ship berths in Auckland are handy to shopping, dining and all sorts of urban comforts. There are many transport options, and if you need local assistance, you can call into an i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. There’s one at the end of Princes Wharf.
Auckland's central city area is an easy walk from your cruise ship berth. Queen Street is the city's main street; but there's great dining all along the waterfront, and great shopping along city's side streets. Ask at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for tips on where to shop.
It’s easy to get around the inner city and surrounding suburbs on Auckland’s modern public bus network. A bus to locations in the central city will cost approximately NZ$2, while bus trips to the suburbs will be approximately NZ$3-5.
Freephone 0800 10 30 80 or visit https://at.govt.nz/(opens in new window) for timetables and fares.
You can visit Auckland's top attractions with Auckland Explorer Bus. Hop on at the waterfront stop, close to both cruise ship terminals, and hop off at attractions including Kelly Tarlton's, Auckland Museum, Mt Eden, the Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower. Your pass also includes a free Devonport ferry ticket. Buses every 15-30 mins.
A one-day ticket costs $45 for adults and $20 for children (age 14 and under). For more, see www.explorerbus.co.nz(opens in new window)
Taxis are available to take you into the centre of Auckland from Princes or Queens Wharf. Corporate Cabs can be contacted on (09) 377 0773, or visit online at www.corporatecabs.co.nz(opens in new window)
Corporate Cabs accepts New Zealand dollars and major credit cards.
It’s a good idea to book rental cars in advance. Find a rental car in Auckland.
Fullers offer ferry services between downtown Auckland, the historical suburb of Devonport on Auckland's north shore, and the nearby islands of Waiheke and Rangitoto. One way tickets cost from NZ$6. Visit www.fullers.co.nz(opens in new window) for timetables and fares.