Auckland Basic Information
Just because it's just across the ditch, doesn't mean a holiday in Auckland is entirely straightforward. It will feel like a home away from home, but there are a few differences to be aware of before you go. The following information should help bring you up to speed.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to holiday in New Zealand. Passports should be valid on the day of arrival in New Zealand and for at least 3 months beyond your intended departure date. Please be aware this information is only a guideline and visa requirements can change regularly. For the latest visa information, contact the High Commission or Consulate of New Zealand before you travel.
The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the New Zealand Dollar can change regularly, so monitor the rate in the leadup to your trip to get the best deal. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
Surrounded by 3 harbours, seafood in Auckland is a standout with many locals jovially arguing that their fish/pavlova/rugby team/anything is better than the rest of the world. While it's your patriotic duty to jest back (and mention sheep while you're at it), you should make the most of the local produce and dig in too. The food really is as good as they say. Gastronomy has taken off here in recent years with fancy fish and chips (fush and chups) and local wine making an ideal combination best enjoyed with those harbour views. Auckland is known for its Pacific Rim fare, which combines South Pacific island staples with Asian cooking methods and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as a host of international cuisines from Indian to Italian on offer. A million-dollar view comes with a million-dollar price tag though, so for cheaper grub, the cafes and Asian restaurants of Ponsonby and along Karangahape Road (K'Road) will be kind to both your taste buds and wallet.
K'Road is the undisputed home of Auckland nightlife and the city's most famous street. The former red-light district and bohemian strip has both seedy and stylish venues standing side by side, providing the patrons of Auckland with ample variety. From caberet restaurants to karaoke bars and from live music pubs to pumping LGBT clubs, the choice is yours and the beer is cheap on K'Road. For more crowded dancefloors, Viaduct Harbour by the waterfront is where big dinners evolve into big nights out, while the boutique bars of Ponsonby are great for a laidback cocktail in a trendy setting. Close to Eden Park stadium, check out the pubs and bars of Kingsland, or head to the Britomart precinct for live music, cocktail bars and DJ sets. In Auckland's CBD, places to go include Federal Street, Vulcan Lane, Sale Street, High Street and Fort Lane for a variety of bars and clubs.