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New Zealand just got closer

Looking for an epic adventure? New Zealand is closer than ever with our new seasonal flights to Auckland starting this December. Just in time to escape the Canadian winter and go explore the Kiwi summer.

New Zealand packs Māori culture, stunning nature, world-class wines, and much more into two main islands. Fly to Auckland and you’ll have everything within reach.

Top 3 things to do in and around Auckland

  1. Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
  2. Matakana’s beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards, local arts scene, and picturesque village with a superb farmers' market, make this region a divine destination.
  3. Rangitoto is a dormant volcanic island that sits just off the coast from Auckland.

 

 

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Auckland city guide

The Māori Kitchen

For the authentic hangi

When the Māori Kitchen opened beside Auckland’s ferry terminal in 2019, it offered a taste of authentic hangi (an Indigenous method of cooking underground) outside the typical tourist circuit. Chef Rewi Spraggon, who learned the technique from his father, serves up traditional smoky pork and kumara, alongside contemporary dishes, such as deep-fried hangi potatoes with karengo (seaweed) aioli.

Hallertau

For the only-available-in-Auckland craft beer

The latest brew at Hallertau is #09, a light, easy-drinking beer designed for hot summer days. Dedicated to Auckland, it’s available only in its home city. A love for all things local is also evident on the menu: Produce comes from the on-site garden, eggs are laid by free-range chickens, and sauces are made in-house.

Depot

For the charcoal-cooked seafood

When Kiwi celebrity chef and cookbook author Al Brown opened Depot, he envisioned a restaurant that captured the esthetic and informal atmosphere of a New Zealand bach (holiday home) – no white tablecloths here. There are plenty of oysters, cooked over charcoal or native hardwood for succulent flavour.

Rothko

For the smoked kahawai (fish) omelette

Sculptureum, the sculpture garden, took Anthony and Sandra Grant a decade to develop on the 25-acre property and now includes six art galleries. That same degree of care went into the restaurant, Rothko. Expect seasonal dishes with ingredients from local producers – such as smoked kahawai omelettes or confit lamb shoulder with slow-cooked greens – as well as wines from the on-site vineyard.

Sid at the French Café

For the fine dining

Husband-and-wife team Sid and Chand Sahrawat – the duo behind top Auckland restaurants Sidart and Cassia – took over the French Café in 2018. If you can’t choose between the cured salmon, Hawke’s Bay lamb and venison tartare, opt for the tasting menu; a vegetarian-friendly version is also on offer.

Caretaker

For the cocktails and live jazz

You won’t need the menu at this nearly hidden bar that’s best known for handcrafted cocktails tailored to your tastes. Tell the bartender what you like, and they’ll personalize your drink based on recipes from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Several nights a week, you can also sip your drink to the tune of live jazz.

Café Hanoi

For the contemporary Vietnamese

This restaurant may be based on the Old Quarter of its namesake city and use traditional cooking techniques, but the food is decidedly modern. Salmon from Akaroa is cooked in a caramelized sauce with chili and fresh dill, while sustainably farmed kingfish is served with lemon grass, palm sugar and Thai basil oil. Marou dark chocolate with sour-cherry sorbet is the perfect sweet note to end on.

Waiheke Island

For the artisanal souvenirs

This island is known for olive groves and vineyards, but it’s also home to artisans and makers. Walk into Timmy Smith’s store and you’ll likely be offered tea to sip while perusing her handmade jewellery and leather wares. At Veranda, look for works from Thea Ceramics, which are hand-thrown on the island. Waiheke can be done in an afternoon but deserves a weekend if you can spare it.

Mount Eden

For the Maori-guided tours

Auckland’s landscape is punctuated by 48 ancient volcanic cones (don’t worry – all dormant). At 196 metres, Mount Eden is the city’s highest natural point and takes only about an hour to climb. Don’t miss the award-winning garden, visited by native birds, such as tui and bellbirds. Maori tour company Tāmaki Hikoi also offers guided walks, illuminating the area’s cultural and spiritual significance to the Ngati Whatua iwi (tribe).

AJ Hackett

For the if-you-dare adrenaline rush

Queenstown may be considered the adventure capital of the world, but you need not travel all the way there to get your heart racing. Auckland is where the commercial bungee was pioneered, when A.J. Hackett jumped off the Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. For NZ$165, you can make the leap or try the SkyJump (NZ$225): an adrenaline-pumping plunge from the Sky Tower, New Zealand's highest building.

The Shuckle Ferry

For the hands-on oyster experience

Since the early 1970s, the nutrient-rich bays of Mahurangi Harbour have provided the perfect home for Pacific oysters. On New Zealand’s only oyster-farm tour, you’ll learn the history and science while collecting fresh bivalves right from the water. Enjoy them fresh or barbecued with butter, Tabasco and shallot mignonette; it’s all you can eat, provided you do the shucking.

Ponsonby Road

For the local fashion

Montreal has Saint-Laurent, Toronto has Queen Street West and Auckland has Ponsonby Road. Considered one of the hippest places to be seen, there’s also plenty to see on this trendy strip, just a short distance from the CBD. The Poi Room, for one, carries pounamu (greenstone) carved by contemporary Maori artists, while the Garden Party is the place to find Kiwiana textiles, including native-bird cushion covers by local artist Reuben Price.

Auckland Fish Market

For the fresh seafood

Although Auckland Fish Market, which sells the widest range of seafood in the country, has been around for more than 100 years, 2019 marked a new era following a massive revamp. You’ll still find the oldest fishmonger in New Zealand (Sanford & Sons), alongside newer additions: a cooking school (Auckland Seafood School), eight more eateries (from sushi to gelato) and a courtyard bar selling craft brews.

Allbirds

For the supremely comfy shoes

You’ve probably noticed Allbirds from Instagram ads declaring them “the world’s most comfortable shoes.” What you may not know is the Kickstarter success story has local roots: Founder Tim Brown is a Kiwi, and the shoes are made with New Zealand merino wool. Now, here at its first New Zealand shop – opened in 2019 – you can try on a pair on the brand’s home turf.

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

For the city’s best view

With the Four Points Sheraton’s location in the CBD, most rooms come with a view, but for the ultimate take on the city, head to the 20th floor, where you’ll find New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar, the Churchill. Modelled after Shanghai rooftop cocktail bars, it’s an ideal spot to order oysters and gin (there are more than 160 types) and soak up a panoramic sunset.

Hotel Grand Windsor

For the historic glamour

At just 10 storeys, 58-60 Queen Street was Auckland’s first skyscraper in 1928. More recently, the building was all but abandoned until Sofitel rescued it and restored it to its art deco glory, complete with velvet and crystal finishes throughout. Hotel Grand Windsor has scooped up multiple industry accolades, including winning several categories in the 2019 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards.

Franklin 38

For the elevated B&B charm

Sandra and Doug Stockwell, who previously operated a B&B in the neighbourhood, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy 38 Franklin Road, formerly a boarding house for nearly 100 years. The couple retained the building’s historic features but added contemporary touches: smart TVs, ensuites with luxe soaker tubs and underfloor heating. Located in trendy Freeman’s Bay, it’s only a 15-minute walk to the CBD.

SO/ Auckland

For the stylish esthetic

Benny Castles of Kiwi fashion label World designed the look for this hip hotel, so expect a bold esthetic, with nods to Auckland’s volcanic past. Tile mimics the swirl of lava, rooms come in molten tones and a custom Moooi chandelier with 68 individual lamps dominates the lobby. Order the “bath butler” service, which includes rose petals and a glass of champagne, or head to the rooftop bar for views over Waitematā Harbour and Rangitoto Island.

Heritage Auckland

For top-rated amenities

This historic building was once home to the iconic Farmers department store (and its beloved giant winking Santa around the holidays). Even without the nostalgia, it’s easy to love. New additions include the outdoor rooftop pool, with views of the Sky Tower; a tennis court with balls and racquets available to rent; and a vegan-friendly restaurant within a seven-storey palm-filled atrium.

Delamore Lodge

For the Waiheke Island setting

A short ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD will take you to another world, Waiheke Island, and the luxurious Delamore Lodge takes full advantage of its serene oceanside location. Moulded into the hillside like a Maori fish hook, it has suites facing the sun, with views over the Hauraki Gulf. Relax in the infinity pool, wander through citrus groves or book an on-site cooking class to learn about local ingredients.

Hotel DeBrett

For the Instagrammable design

Hotel DeBrett is a welcome pop of colour in a predominantly sepia-toned hotel landscape. All 25 rooms are uniquely decorated with New Zealand art and mid-century modern furniture. A standout is the Loft, which features an Instagram-ready spiral staircase dressed in the boutique property’s distinctive striped carpet. Rates include breakfast and a welcome drink in the 1920s-themed bar.

Getting from the Airport

Taxi and shuttle ranks are located outside Door 8 at Auckland Airport. The fare into the city is from NZ$38 to NZ$75, depending on the size of your group and the time of day. Expect the ride to take 20 to 40 minutes.

Alternatively, SkyBus operates Auckland City Express, a 24-7 airport transfer service, which costs NZ$17 and takes 40 to 50 minutes to get to the city centre. Public transit from the airport is also available; the 380 Airporter bus has stops outside both the domestic and international terminals.

Public Transportation

Auckland Transport has a well-established system of buses, ferries and trains. Fares are based on zones, and you can pay in cash (drivers will give change for small notes) or use an AT HOP card, which costs NZ$10. It must be topped up before use, but you’ll get substantial discounts (up to 50 percent) off fares. AT HOP cards may be purchased at select retail locations or transit stations. Day passes are also available.

Taxis

You can hail a cab, but it’s best to book in advance when possible. Rideshares such as Uber and locally owned Zoomy are also available.

Co-op Taxi: 64-9-300-3000
Auckland Taxi Service: 64-9-845-4666

Bikes

Cycling is growing by as much as 8.9 percent per year in Auckland and with it, infrastructure is improving. Auckland Transport and Bike Auckland both have maps of the Auckland Cycle Network, which includes bike paths and low-traffic routes that are safer to bike.

Bike-share services include NextBike and Kiwi-owned Onzo, with rentals starting at around NZ$1 per hour.

Scooters

E-scooters are popular in New Zealand’s urban areas, with about 2,000 for hire in Auckland alone. Find self-serve rentals citywide from operators like Lime, Flamingo and Wave. Simply download the applicable app, scan the QR code and go. The cost starts around NZ$0.38 per minute.

Weather in Auckland

Wednesday light rain
62°F Sep 23, 2020
Thursday moderate rain
60°F Sep 24, 2020
Friday broken clouds
65°F Sep 25, 2020
Saturday light rain
68°F Sep 26, 2020
Sunday heavy intensity rain
62°F Sep 27, 2020
Monday light rain
56°F Sep 28, 2020
Tuesday light rain
59°F Sep 29, 2020
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