Waitemata harbor with a view of Auckland, New Zealand in the distance
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Cruise from Auckland, New Zealand

Before you cruise from Auckland, New Zealand, stay in downtown Auckland — it's 30 minutes from the airport and close to the cruise port terminal. Take a walk around after you arrive and adjust to the time zone: Head to the Sky Tower for 360-degree views of the city and the volcanic islands surrounding it. Then, hit the beach: Take a dip in the calmer waters of the white-sand beaches on the east coast — Pakiri is a favorite — or head to the more rugged black-sand beaches on the west coast for surfing.
National Language English
Currency Accepted New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

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Things To Do in Auckland

View of Auckland, New Zealand from Mount Eden

Auckland, New Zealand, View from Mount Eden

Adventure of a Lavatime

Adventure of a Lavatime

Auckland has 48 volcanic cones, including Rangitoto island, a 25-minute ferry from downtown. Mount Eden, the tallest volcano, has three craters and the remains of a Maori settlement. One Tree Hill has a monument to Auckland's founding father.

View of Auckland, New Zealand from Mount Eden

Auckland, New Zealand, View from Mount Eden

Taonga of the Maori

Taonga of the Maori

Visit the Auckland Museum, perched on another volcano, to learn about the history, culture and treasures (taonga) of the Maori. A Maori cultural performance takes place several times daily concluding with a very loud haka, the traditional version of the dance the local All Blacks rugby team uses to intimidate opponents.

A person bungy jumping from the Harbour Bridge

Auckland, New Zealand, Bungy Jump

Adrenaline Junkies

New Zealand is famous for adrenaline-boosting activities like bungee jumping and Zorbing. During your New Zealand cruise, get a rush by climbing the Auckland Harbour Bridge, then bungee-jump off it. Walk the outside of the 630-foot-tall Sky Tower. You can even base jump all the way down, flying for 11 seconds at more than 50 miles per hour.

A plate full of New Zealand green mussels

Auckland, New Zealand, Green Mussels

Local Cuisine

With the world's highest coffee roasters per capita, New Zealand is all about cafe culture. Though it's debated whether it was invented by Australians or Kiwis, drink a flat white while the kids have a fluffy, foamed milk with chocolate and marshmallow treats. Cruise to Auckland and seek out a hip farm-to-table spot for pastured-raised lamb roast, or feast on whitebait fritters or green-lipped mussels at a waterfront seafood spot.

A jar of Manuka honey

Auckland, New Zealand, Manuka Honey

Shopping

Souvenirs with New Zealand's unofficial emblem, the silver fern, are popular; rugby fans will want one in the form of All Blacks' paraphernalia. Pick up some raw Manuka honey; many believe it has medicinal benefits. Kids young and young at heart will love anything with a kiwi bird on it.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 New Zealanders reserve tipping for exceptional service. If you do tip, round up or aim for about 10 percent.
2 Dress for the possibility of four seasons' worth of weather in one day.

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