Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in both Polynesia and New Zealand, with a population of 1.65 million people. It is in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island.
This article only deals with Auckland City itself. In 2010 four cities amalgamated; Manukau in the south, Waitakere in the west, North Shore in the north and Auckland City itself, on and around the isthmus. These other cities, rural areas, small towns and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf can be found in the Auckland Region article.
Auckland is a modern cosmopolitan city with a population of over 1.65 million people — roughly one third of New Zealand’s entire population reside in Auckland.
The city and suburbs have developed within the same time frame and similar urban patterns as California (Los Angeles and Auckland have shared urban planning designs and are sister cities). Today the city and suburbs sprawl over a large urban area, hemmed to the east and west by two large harbours (Waitemata and Manukau) and ocean (Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea) beyond.
Many suburbs were once separate towns and offer examples of early European settlement (Mission Bay, Parnell Village and Ponsonby are historic suburban centres that remain well preserved and contain good examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Deco residential styles).
An extensive tram system was removed in the 1960s and motorway systems have since been implemented, although recent efforts to return two areas to trams for tourism purposes (in the CBD Wynyard Quarter and at Western Springs linking the Zoo and Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)) have had mixed results.
Because of its large geographic sprawl (and urban design focus on motorway systems) public transport can be frustrating and is not cheap by international comparisons – however – most destinations within 5km of the CBD and of appeal to visitors are served by frequent bus, train and ferry services from the Britomart transport centre (located in the downtown area of the CBD). An information desk operates at the ferry building and from inside the street level entrance to the train station with information for all public transport options across the city.
Regular ferry services depart the ferry building; with historic Devonport just 15min away – the view of the city and islands of the harbour make this a highly recommended trip. Further away with plenty of good beaches, boutique accommodation, wineries and olive groves is Waiheke Island (45min). Also worth a visit by ferry is Rangitoto (the large volcanic island that flanks the eastern horizon) – take good walking shoes, food and water to walk to the top – it can be very hot in summer – a bus service operates on some days for those that dont want to walk (enquire at the Britomart or ferry building information centre before setting out – and don’t miss the last ferry back to the city as there is no accommodation on Rangitoto).
The city offers a number of locations to explore its cultural offerings. The starting point for any visitor should be its recently reclaimed waterfront, which has been developed from an industrial zone into a thriving, stylish centre of business and leisure. Silo Park is a great place to take the kids and see views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Wynyard Quarter offers a variety of bars and restaurants by the water’s edge (including the recently refurbished Auckland Seafood Markets), the Viaduct is a lively precinct famed for its nightlife and Britomart is one of the most stylish areas in the city, full of heritage buildings, local shops and markets and some of the city’s best eating options. Further afield, Ponsonby Road offers a bustling inner city experience. Ponsonby Central is a great place to start, and the suburb is great for wandering – the leafy side streets offer some of the best examples of colonial villas in the world. Karangahape Road (known as K’Rd by locals) is an eclectic, alternative street that is fast becoming known for its stellar dining options as it is for its rough-around-the-edges selection of second-hand clothing stores, live music venue and LGBT+ venues. Parnell offers upmarket shopping for affluent Aucklanders, Newmarket is great for shopping and Kingsland is a small high street with a funky feel. Further afield, head to Sandringham for a taste of Auckland’s Indian and Sri Lankan community (including second-to-none Indian restaurants), check out the section of Dominion Road that is a bustling hive of dumpling restaurants and Chinese culture, or make your way to Avondale, which is home to Auckland’s thriving Samoan community (including the wonderful Avondale Markets on Saturdays).
Popular areas on good bus routes include Ponsonby, Newmarket, Parnell, Mission Bay, Takapuna. A tourist explorer bus also completes a regular circuit of popular tourist sites. For travel to more distant suburban locations a car is recommended – many car hire firms have set up business in Auckland and rental rates are reasonable especially if renting for longer periods of time. Be aware that parking in Auckland can be complicated – make sure you read and understand parking control signs ( local government enforces parking fines and has no hesitation to have your vehicle towed). Be aware also of bus lanes (zones marked out on the road where only buses are permitted at certain times). These zones are also signposted but it can be easy to miss seeing them if concentrating on traffic. Fines are large and the authority administering is not tolerant.
The Auckland area was first settled by a confluence of Māori people of different tribes more than 700 years ago. From 1600 to 1750 the Tāmaki tribes terraced the volcanic cones, building pā(settlements behind protective palisades). Across the isthmus they developed 2,000 hectares of kūmara (sweet potato) gardens. These earthworks are easily seen on Mt Eden – a volcanic hill easily accessible from the CBD.
European settlement began in the early 1800s. The settlement resembled a shanty town in parts and ran along the gully in what is now Queen Street – alongside a creek (now under the road). The original shoreline remained until port reclamation and road development obscured it (although the original sea cliff can still be seen in Shortland St, Fanshawe St and along The Strand in Parnell). The port is the biggest in New Zealand and continues to grow but continued harbour filling is controversial.
In 1840 the city became the capital of New Zealand for 25 years and migration from Europe and Australia began in earnest. The University of Auckland was founded in 1883 and historic buildings and fortifications can be seen on campus.The War Memorial Museum (which houses a good collection of early Māori and European settlement on the ground floor and top floor respectively) was built in 1929 and the eight lane Harbour Bridge (linking the North Shore to the rest of the city) was completed in 1959 (and carries some 170,000 vehicles per day).
Dominating the midtown skyline of the CBD is the Sky Tower – an observation, restaurant and telecommunications tower completed in 1997. It is 328m (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. It could also be known as the “City of Extinct Volcanoes”. Much of its natural character comes from the fact that it is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field which consists of about 48 volcanoes. All of the volcanoes are individually extinct but the volcanic field as a whole is not.
Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia. For some Polynesian island nations there are more expatriates living in Auckland than in their homeland. Auckland’s rich Pacific cultural mix is celebrated at festivals and sporting matches.
Auckland often rates well in international quality-of-life polls, consistently rating in the top five. Culturally, the city is an interesting mix. As Europeans only settled in New Zealand less than 200 years ago, an immigrant culture is prominent – many migrants from the British Isles and their immediate offspring populate the city. The city has attracted a sizeable population of Asians and Pacific Islanders in recent years and in some areas Asian migrants represent 50% of the enrolled voting population. Along with changing demographics and decentralisation of commerce to suburban nodes, the central city has witnessed significant residential influx over the last decade.
Education facilities and related services, many aimed primarily at Asian students, now represent a significant portion of commercial and residential building use in the CBD.
The indigenous peoples of New Zealand are the Māori, a large portion of whom have emigrated from their tribal villages in the last 60 years to cities such as Auckland. Representing about 11% of the city, most of these Māori are fully integrated into the urban culture and many are estranged from their tribal roots.
Many think that Central Auckland does not have enough green space. Instead of parks having been planned as centre pieces of the city from inception, as most other British Empire cities were, Auckland parks were after-thoughts, located on marginal land, as if no one ever expected Auckland to grow beyond being a port town. Myers Park (bought for the city by the Myers family) is tucked out of the way in a gully. Albert Park is well worth a visit and adjacent to the University of Auckland main campus and historic buildings. Further up, Grafton Bridge crosses an historic cemetery where it is an easy walk to the Auckland Domain which is the largest green space in Central Auckland.
Auckland is in a temperate climate zone and does not experience hot or cold extremes at any time of year. The summer months are December to March. The sun is very strong during this time and it is advisable to use sunscreen and cover skin from prolonged exposure. April to June brings cooler temperatures and rain toward the end of June which persists through winter until September and October. Westerly airstreams predominate throughout the year and there’s occasional high altitude haze from summer wildfires in Australia; making for spectacular sunsets.
Humid and moist conditions are usual in all seasons. There is no monsoon but tropical cyclones spin down from the Pacific Islands a couple of times a year bringing damaging winds and heavy rain. Rainfall is never far away especially outside the summer months – outdoor activities should be planned with an alternative inside option in case it rains. Localised tornadoes occur infrequently in summer months (they have always occurred but only recently been reported as the areas where they occur have only been developed within the last decade).
Summer brings settled dry weather systems most years from early January – but being a maritime environment with no continental land mass it is not unusual to have wet summers also. Winter brings chilly temperatures and overnight frosts to sheltered suburban areas. Snow flurries are a once in a generation event.
Best time for beach swimming is between late December to May.
Free internet Wi-Fi for 30 minutes is provided throughout the airport.
A special area is provided for assembling bikes that have been crated for air transport: ask one of the security guards.
International check in desks are located on the ground floor. Arriving passengers come into the ground floor at west end of the terminal.
The food court and shops on the first floor in the departures area before security provides comfortable seating and electricity sockets to recharge devices. Tired passengers can get a bit of snooze time – or for a better rest there is a modern hotel located within the parking zone – five minute’s walk from the terminal. A well positioned public viewing area and seating area is up the escalator beside the first level food court. A small games arcade and children’s play area is also there. A news stand, information booth and a coffee shop is located in the arrivals area – nearby escalators will take you to the first level if you want the food court.
There is duty free shopping available in both the arrivals and departure terminals. Alternatively, travellers can pre-purchase their duty free goods via the Aelia Duty Free website. There are also multiple collection points in the airport for you to collect your goods upon return.
ATMs, currency exchange booths and Duty Free and souvenir shops are on both sides of security.
If you have time between flights:
A free shuttle bus loops between the International and Domestic terminals every 20min. It’s a 5min ride. Otherwise, a paved uncovered walking path is well signposted – follow the line painted on the pavement. The path is level and suitable to take luggage trolleys.
The airport’s 25km south of central Auckland and 15km west of Manukau’s centre, in the south of the greater conurbation on the shore of the Manukau Harbour. Transport to central Auckland and suburbs includes bus, shuttle van and taxis. Parking is plentiful for private motor vehicles and car hire firms are located in the area. If driving, orient yourself with a map first – and remember NZ drives on the left (passenger side always at the curb or road edge unless on multiple lane roads).
Runs daily every 30 min 06:00-20:00. From/to Downtown Auckland via Queen Street. Domestic & International terminals are served. Journey time is 40 – 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Tickets can be purchased online (https://www.skybus.co.nz), at the ticket kiosks at the airport, or at the SkyBus Hub at 396 Queen Street. You can also pay wit an AT HOP card.
For central Auckland bus 380 departs every 15 min daily 05:00-23:38 from both the Domestic and International terminals and takes about 20min to Papatoetoe Train Station (bus stop 6480) from where suburban trains connect to Britomart station in another 33 min (if the schedules meet up). The bus departs from a bus stop to the right of that the Airbus uses (in both terminals). Its the same bus stop for to/from airport just outside Papatoetoe Train Station.
For Manukau City Centre retail and travel hub; check with the driver and stay on the the 380 bus.
Shuttles will pick up/drop you to the door of your destination – which can be an efficient and quick option if you are the only passenger – less so if you are the first or last of six passengers to be picked up/dropped off. Rates are set by zone and do not vary much between drivers/companies. It is usual for a driver to wait for other passengers going vaguely the same way as you. There are regulations as to how long a driver can wait after the first passenger arrives at the van. If you turn up and other passengers are already loaded but going to another part of the city, the driver will direct you to the next shuttle in line.
Taxi fares may be $50-100 from the airport to a city location, about the same as it costs to hire a car per day. Taxis are metered and wait in a rank outside terminals. A cheaper option might be to negotiate a flat fare (if you are familiar with fares and think you can cut a deal). Otherwise, it is possible to call one of the many taxi companies and enquire how much they will charge to take you to your destination – then have the cheapest pick you up from the Drop Zone immediately outside the terminal. Doors into the International Terminal are numbered. For clarity, advise the driver which door you will wait outside of.
Mobile apps Uber and Zoomy offer flat rate airport service. Uber charges $70 to CBD whereas Zoomy charges between $39 and $66. Dialkiwi offer $10 rides for distance travelled within 3 KM.
Many car hire firms operate close to the airport or nearby suburbs and have free shuttles from airport terminals. Best deals are often when booking in advance. If you arrive on a public holiday to pick up a car without a booking, you could be out of luck or asked to pay inflated rates.
The InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal (102 Hobson St, behind Sky City Plaza) is the main hub for national carriers InterCity and GreatSights. Facilities include an InterCity ticketing office, free Wi-Fi, cafe and luggage lockers.
The Overlander train runs from central Wellington to central Auckland, a 681km (423 mi) journey. The trip runs much of the length of the North Island with stopping-off opportunity at Tongariro National Park. In a single day you will pass every kind of scenery: coastline, volcanoes and mountains, green farm pastures and dense New Zealand bush from $119.
Auckland is a major cruise ship port of call with over 100 cruise ships a year. The main cruise terminal, Shed 10, is on Queens Wharf next to the central business district (CBD) and Britomart Station. To get beyond the CBD, look for a bus called “The Link”. The red city LINK bus runs along Queen Street and is only $1. It will always end up back at the place you started so you can never get lost – stay on the bus and see it all for one low flat fare. Explorer runs a hop-on, hop-off bus service. Taxis are relatively plentiful; many, such as those that serve the airport, accept credit cards.
There are a variety of ways to get around including bus, train, ferry, taxi, shuttle and hiring your own car. You can use the Auckland Transport website to find ways to get round using public transport or download the AT Mobile App. Auckland Transport also has a text messaging service which can be used to find the time of the next bus, ferry or train or to find the quickest way to get to your destination using public transport.
It may be prudent to hire a car if you wish to do a lot of cross city travel, particularly if you plan on leaving to see the nearby natural beauty, though roads frequently become heavily congested.
The Britomart Transport Centre on the corner of Queen Street and Customs Street is the main information centre for public transportation. You can get free bus, train or ferry schedules there. Timetables are also downloadable from the AT website.
Explorer Bus offers a sightseeing tour which runs regularly around an inner city loop to main attractions, and which you can hop on and off as you please.
AT HOP cards can be used on all Bus (including SkyBus), Train and Ferry services in Auckland.
They cost $10 (as of February 2016) and can be topped up with a minimum of $5. They offer a minimum of 20% discount of the equivalent cash fare. Those not wanting to purchase an AT HOP card can still pay by cash (buy a ticket from the driver onboard the bus, from ticket machines at train stations, or from ferry operators).
On buses, AT HOP card users must tag on and off with the blue card readers placed adjacent to the doors. Wait for the tone and green light. On trains and ferries, users must tag on and off with card readers on the platforms. Failing to tag off incurs a penalty fare.
On buses, multiple users can use one AT HOP card. The driver will need to process the tag-on though.
Bus is the most-used method of public transport. The network can work for you with a bit of planning (decide where you want to go then consult the Auckland Transport website or downtown information centre at Britomart).
For a fun way to see the city, buy a day pass and hop on and off buses (and trains and ferry) all day.
Generally the further your destination the longer it will take to get there – some exceptions (such as Hibiscus Coast) where express buses operate during peak times making use of exclusive arterial and motorway lanes.
It’s usual to hail (wave) as the bus you want approaches so the bus driver will know (bus stops can be used by a number of routes – these sometimes have displays showing the times the next bus is expected).
Most bus drivers will let you know where to get off – ask when you get on the bus – otherwise, ask a fellow passenger or consult your smartphone map GPS location and ring the bell when you approach your destination.
Buses usually depart on time but often face traffic delays en route. Frequency of services in the CBD and inner city suburbs usually mean little waiting until the next bus arrives.
Bus services operate every day from early in the morning. Higher frequency services operate during commuter times. Last buses are around 11pm except for [Night Buses] that depart the CBD to distant suburbs and points in between in the early hours of Friday and Saturday night.
Most bus routes of importance to the traveller terminate/originate in the CBD.
The Link bus operates four loop routes around the CBD, Tamaki Drive and inner city suburbs and pass many areas of interest – the Link bus will always end up back at the place you started so you can never get lost – stay on the bus and see it all for one low flat fare or combine with the Day Pass to hop on and off where you like. The red City Link bus is 50 cents for those with an AT HOP card and $1 for cash riders.
If you want to explore Auckland’s more distant suburbs, it’s possible to take a service from the CBD to a hub where information and further connections are available. Hubs are located in larger suburban centres – retail malls, entertainment facilities and (depending on destination) beaches are never far away.
The bigger hubs are (buses only unless otherwise indicated):
Paper tickets for single trips are charged based on the amount of zones travelled. When purchasing a paper ticket you will need to tell the driver how many stages you wish to travel. If you are not sure, tell the driver your destination and the driver will tell you how much it costs. Or use Auckland Transport’s on-line journey planner to calculate the cost of your journey in advance. Some services, such as the Airbus Express, City Link and Inner Link, have a fixed price regardless of how far you travel.
AT HOP day passes can be purchased for $18 from Auckland Transport customer service centres, ticket offices or AT HOP retailers. AT Hop Day Pass The pass is valid until midnight hours from first tag-on. They are not available for purchase on board.
AT HOP Day pass may be used on all Auckland busses (ex. AirBus Express), all trains and Fullers inner harbour ferries (Does NOT include Waiheke). See at.govt.nz/daypass for full information.
AT HOP Monthly Pass is also available, typically used by commuters that require multiple services on one journey.
Waiheke Island Day pass: Unlimited travel on Waiheke Bus Company buses after 9am weekdays. $9 Adult, $5.50 Child and $21.50 family.
Travel by train is a good option if you are near a train station and travel on weekdays.
The lines are:
The road network experiences congestion at rush hour.
Auckland city is well covered by the main global car rental companies. All car rental companies offer competitive pricing for economy class vehicles and unlimited mileage options. Local car rental companies like Apex & Jucy also offer competitive pricing.
The three main motorway systems running through Auckland are the Northern Motorway (from Orewa to the Central Motorway Junction (CMJ) a.k.a. Spaghetti Junction), the Southern Motorway (from the CMJ past Bombay Hills, where it merges to the Waikato Expressway), and the Northwestern Motorway (from Auckland Port through CMJ to Westgate). These motorways clog up during the morning rush in the CBD-bound direction, and the same thing happens in the opposite direction during the evening rush. The Harbour Bridge has a method of mitigating this traffic load – it changes the lane system from 4-4 to 5-3 favouring the side which has the heavier traffic load, so be careful when crossing the bridge during different times, some lanes might not be there at some times!
Some motorway on-ramps have traffic lights operating in busy periods – they allow one car to proceed every three seconds to ease the merging onto the motorway. Cameras are operating to catch red-light runners.
Auckland taxis are plentiful and may be hailed from the road side, booked over the phone or increasingly with mobile apps. Check for the prices printed on the door – they do vary between operators. Taxi drivers always use the meter and are honest. Most taxis are fitted with CCTV and many take EFTPOS and credit cards. Traditional Taxis are expensive however.
Apps Uber and Zoomy operate extensively in Auckland. Users can hail a cab to their exact location using their smartphone. They will be notified of their driver’s car type, registration number and name once he is on his way.
Zoomy uses the taxi’s meter (and prices) but allows in app payment.
Uber operated its own considerably cheaper fare structure and are usually less than 1/2 the cost of a regular taxi. Payment is handled entirely within the app – all the user needs to do is ensure he sees the driver “end” the journey by swiping the red bad on his iPhone screen. Note: Many Uber drivers are also regular taxis. If you book a ride through Uber, it will be charged through the Uber system – not the taxi’s own meter. This is legal and cheaper.
Regardless of app or regular taxi, all drivers must be licensed and will display their government issued ID card on the dashboard.
Dialkiwi – 100% New Zealand Owned & Operated Company based in Auckland providing a cheaper taxi to ride across Auckland. Dialkiwi provides hassle-free Taxi and shuttle services. There charges estimated as per the distance travelled, minimum fare starts from $10.
Auckland is surrounded by nature, much of it free to enjoy.
From fashion districts to flea markets, department stores to malls and retail parks – shopping is as much a recreational activity for Aucklanders as watching for the latest sale (discount promotion) is a sport – big retailers are only too happy to oblige – widely advertised sales and offers are announced daily. Competition keeps prices reasonable – although supermarket (food) prices are expensive when compared with some countries in Europe.
ATMs for cash withdrawals are plentiful in high pedestrian areas and at malls.
Most retail shops and supermarkets accept credit cards and EFTPOS (an electronic card similar to a credit card linking directly to your (NZ) cash account). At markets and smaller shops/food outlets pay with cash or EFTPOS. Some larger retailers and supermarkets allow cash back when paying with EFTPOS (i.e. amount deducted from your account is the sum of the goods purchased plus the amount you wish to take from the retailer in cash).
Bank branches prominently display current exchange rates and many have an exclusive currency window. There are also exchange booth operators in tourist areas. Some tourist or souvenir shops might exchange foreign money for purchases (usually at inferior rates) – otherwise, presenting anything other than $NZ will get you a blank stare.
Haggling or bargaining on marked prices is not customary in NZ – there are exceptions on higher priced goods if you need to save a few dollars (whiteware, electronics and motor vehicles for instance). Simply ask the retailer if there is a discount for cash when you are pricing items… this may get an on the spot reduction (usually a split of the % that would otherwise go to the credit card or finance company). Retailers are not permitted to add to a marked price if you wish to pay with finance or credit card.
New Zealanders are a bit shy to haggle over small items – try asking for a discount if buying more than one of something at a market…
A 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applied to all goods and services. Prices on display include GST. Unless otherwise stated you should not be charged extra at the checkout (although the till receipt may document the sales tax component of the total amount).
Sales Tax Refund: the bright side (for international visitors) is New Zealand has a tax refund arrangement on goods purchased (over a certain value) and taken from the country when the visitor leaves.
How the process works:
Another privilege of being an international visitor is that you may purchase goods on arrival and departure at Duty Free shops – without paying another tax known as Duty. These are the shops you pass by on the way to immigration – or the very large up market duty free department store DFS Galleria in Customs Street West (downtown CBD).
Duty free prices are generally better than buying at full New Zealand (or Australia) retail (i.e. with tax included) but in recent years international competitiveness on electronics and tobacco items seem to have slipped… much better prices are available at the beginning/end of a long haul flight to Asia or Middle East. Cosmetics are another item you might want to check the price of internationally – you might find that jar of moisturizer is cheaper at Bangkok or Heathrow. You can often buy New Zealand beer and wine on sale cheaper at Auckland supermarkets.
Also, make sure you don’t exceed your duty free allowance – and be aware of the allowance of your destination if leaving New Zealand. Duty may be requested if you taking more than you are allowed to.
You will need to present your airline ticket or boarding pass to get duty free prices.
The downtown area of the CBD has a number of souvenir shops for a range of budgets. Check around the lower Queen Street and lower Albert Street area. Also DFS Galleria on the corner of lower Albert Street and Customs Street West.
Hobson Street (at the top end) has a couple of large shops also stocking honey and health products.
Auckland Museum has a well stocked shops as does the Zoo. The airport has souvenir items both before and after immigration.
For menswear, visit Little Brother, Crane Brothers, and World Man. For New Zealand and international brands in both mens and womenswear, see Workshop, Brave, Browns and Fabric, along with Ashley Ardrey for shoes.
Made on Customs St West (parallel to Quay St, near to the Britomart transport centre). Recently, some of New Zealand’s notable designers moved their flagship stores into this new Britomart precinct, including Zambesi, World and Kate Sylvester.
Womenswear in Zambesi, Karen Walker, World, Cybele, Miss Crabb, Hepburn, Jaimie stocking local and international brands (Vivienne Westwood), IsaKelle.
Karangahape Road (K’ Rd)
Cultural stores such as Third Eye (Indian), Buana Satu (Polynesian), vintage stores like Fast and Loose and Vixen (St Kevin’s Arcade), designer stores like Adrian Hailwood. Across the road from St Kevin’s, find Illicit and Miss Illicit.
Branches of the many stores listed above, as well as a few others. Nuffield St is home to Lucy Boshier (a local designer), Trelise Cooper Kids (upscale kids clothing from the New Zealand designer), and Superette (predominantly Australian designers). Look to Teed St for Drop Dead Gorgeous – offering brands such as Stella McCartney, Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim and Muse offering international labels such as Diane von Furstenburg, James Perse, and Rebecca Tayl stenbeck&morse stocks directional New Zealand & Australian labels such as Jimmy D, Cybele, Deborah Sweeney and Josh Goot.
Malls offer an ambient environment with good retail options and typically have a food court and cinema multiplex within the facility, if not nearby. Specialst as well as large New Zealand department stores (Warehouse, Farmers, K’Mart), along with large supermarket chains, add scale – many families and teens make malls a destination after school, on late nights and on weekends.
Suburban malls can be reached by bus and in some cases by train, however, a car is often the most convenient and efficient way of crossing the urban sprawl – and mall car parks are plentiful (and free). Late night shopping hours are usual on at least one night of the week.
Auckland has a vast selection of eating choices reflecting a diverse ethnic mix.
There are some good cheap food courts (food halls) offering a variety of usually Asian foods usually priced around $10.
Try next to the Queens’ Arcade at the bottom of Queen St (slightly hidden entrance), or the Metro award winning Food Alley at 9 Albert St.
Very good value and good quality non-Asian choices are available at The Stables located in Elliott Street. Also on Elliott Street is a good quality food court of predominantly Asian food Atrium on Elliott.
The Ponsonby International Food Court has the cheapest eats in this somewhat pricey neighbourhood with the Mexican stall a standout among the Asian stalls.
There is also a popular food court at 184 Karangahape Rd (with a mini buffet) and at the nearby Chinese supermarket at the bottom of Mercury Lane. Also on Karangahape Road is Hare Krishna Food For Life (286 Karangahape Rd) with $5 vegetarian morsels.
Suburban malls are a good choice for good quality food at reasonable prices (see the Malls section). 277 Broadway (Newmarket) is the closest mall to the CBD.
For kosher food, the Auckland Jewish Community Centre, which includes the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, has a kosher shop located on Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD (right next door to the Duxton Hotel) and is open every day except Mondays, Saturdays and Jewish festivals. It includes a large range of kosher products.
Galbraiths Alehouse, 2 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, . A brewery and pub, with a great selection of traditional beer and wine.
The Occidental, 6 Vulcan Lane, City Centre. A popular place with the after-work crowd. Serves traditional Belgian beers alongside mussels and frites.
Shadows Bar, University of Auckland campus. Student bar with decent prices.
Cassette 9, 9 Vulcan Lane . Great bar and club featuring different music nights.
Skycity, cnr Federal & Victoria Streets, . Entertainment complex with a dozen bars & cafes including a Spanish Tapas bar Bellota, .
Bar Tabac, 6 Mills Lane, . In a rustic heritage building in the back streets of downtown Auckland. Co-owned by musician Neil Finn of Crowded House.
Whammy Bar, 83 Karangahape Rd. Down a flight of stairs in St Kevins arcade, premiere venue for local music of a wide range of genres
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DigiMarCon Conferences are affordable to attend, from single-day event passes up to two-day VIP options at a fraction of the cost of other industry events. We offer significant discounts for early bird registrations. Additionally, on top of time-limited discount pass rates, because budgets are tight, we want to make sure all groups have a chance to attend DigiMarCon. For government employees, students, academic, startups, non-profit organizations and teams, we offer generous discounts off the prevailing registration price.
Attend DigiMarCon and you become part of the show! DigiMarCon Conferences tap into the talent of the room, drawing from the knowledge and experience of the professionals in the audience. All DigiMarCon events include regular interactive question and answer sessions with speakers and the audience ideal for collaboration, audience polls, along with ice-breaker and group exercises, steered by charismatic Emcees.
DigiMarCon Conferences put you right up and close with the speakers giving you the opportunity to meet these social media influencers which you follow in person. Speakers are never hidden in private speaker rooms away from the audience, they are in the auditorium sitting right beside you and participating.
Attending a conference is a well-researched decision. There are many factors to consider such as location, time, venue, cost, speakers, content, etc. At DigiMarCon our results-obsessed Customer Service team are at your service before, during and after the event to help with your needs. It’s at the core of what we do — it drives our business. Offsite, we are ready to assist you via phone, ticket or chat. Onsite at our Conferences, friendly DigiMarCon staff serve as your hosts. They welcome your input and are happy to assist you.
At all DigiMarCon Conferences is the co-located exclusive event TECHSPO Technology Expo, which showcases the new generation of technology and innovation, including; AdTech, MarTech, Internet, Mobile and SaaS technologies. Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for the better. Access to TECHSPO Technology Expo is included with all DigiMarCon passes.
DigiMarCon All Access & VIP Passes include a 12-month on demand access to hundreds of hours of DigiMarCon speaker keynotes, panels and master class presentations from recent DigiMarCon Conferences, including videos, slide decks and key takeaways, available on demand so you can watch what you want, when you want.
Attendees of DigiMarcon Conferences gain membership to an exclusive global Digital Marketing Community of over 500,000 worldwide subscribers to our award-winning digital marketing blog and over 70,000 members to our Digital Marketing Professionals Group in LinkedIn (visit https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2661359/). This global community comprises of innovators, senior marketers and branders, entrepreneurs, digital executives and professionals, web & mobile strategists, designers and web project managers, business leaders, business developers, agency executives and their teams and anyone else who operates in the digital community who leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing. We provide updates to the latest whitepapers and industry reports to keep you updated on trends, innovation and best practice digital marketing.
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We collect anonymous, non-confidential, and non-personal information when you use our site, send us e-mails, or respond to special promotions or newsletters that we may send to you from time to time. For example, cookies are small computer files that we transfer to your computer's hard drive that allow us to know how often someone visits a site and the activities they conduct while on that site (such as the chat rooms you visited, whether you submitted orders for services or products, etc.). Every computer is assigned a different cookie by DigiMarCon. The information collected by cookies helps us dynamically generate advertising and content on web pages or in e-mails specifically designed for you and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and selected affiliated business partners sites, or are opening our e-mails. We may use cookie information to target certain advertisements to your browser or to determine the popularity of certain content or advertisements. It may be possible to link non-personal cookie information to Personal Information collected. You may be able to turn off cookies in your browser, but this may hinder our ability to provide you with certain services or your ability to enjoy certain features of the Site.
In limited circumstances we also may use "web beacons" to collect anonymous, non-personal information about your use of our Web site and the sites of selected affiliated partners, and your use of e-mails, special promotions or newsletters we may send to you from time to time. Web beacons are tiny graphic image files imbedded in a web page or e-mail that provide a presence on the web page or e-mail and send back to its home server information from the Users' browser. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and selected affiliated business partners sites, or are opening our e-mails, and for what purposes. It may be possible to link non-personal web beacon information to Personal Information collected.
As noted in the discussions of cookies and web beacons (see above), we collect anonymous, non-personal information about your use of e-mails and newsletters that we may send to you from time to time. In some cases, when you click on a link or an advertisement in an e-mail or newsletter, your browser may be momentarily directed to the site of a third party which, acting on DigiMarCon behalf (see Disclosure to Web site Service and Content Contractors, below), notes or "counts" your response to the e-mail or newsletter before re-directing your browser to its proper destination. This re-direction process will not be apparent to you.
II. DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
Except as set forth in this Section II, or as specifically agreed to by you, DigiMarCon will employ best efforts to not use or disclose any Personal Information it gathers from you unless reasonably required in order to answer your questions, provide products and/or services you may request or purchase from DigiMarCon (such as, information we need to share with our credit card internet gateway), or to comply with governmental or internal record-keeping requirements as reasonably required. We may release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a financial threat to you or others. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party, we will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
DigiMarCon operations and maintenance contractors may sometimes have limited access to your Personal Information in the course of providing products or services to DigiMarCon. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content related to operation and maintenance of our Web site. These contractors also may have access to your e-mail address to send newsletters or special promotions to you on our behalf or to send e-mails to you for purposes such as conducting market research on our behalf. Access to your Personal Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary in order for the contractor to perform its limited function for DigiMarCon.
DigiMarCon may provide to third parties non-personal information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted and that is combined with the non-personal information of other users ("Aggregate Information"). For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our site and the activities they conduct while on our site. We might also inform a company that performs services or that provides products and/or services to DigiMarCon (that may or may not be a DigiMarCon business partner or an advertiser on our site) that "50% of our users live in the USA" or that "85% of our users have purchased products and/or services which can be downloaded from DigiMarCon Web site." Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this Aggregate Information. We may not limit the third parties' use of the Aggregate Information.
DigiMarCon wants your Personal Information to remain as secure and accurate as possible. We implement appropriate measures and processes to protect your Personal Information and maintain its quality, such as encryption. Although we make reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that thieves could find a way to thwart our security systems.
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You may also have the option of receiving e-mails or newsletters from third parties, participating in research or marketing surveys and participating in other activities. You may exercise these options by placing a check mark beside a statement that expresses a preference for receiving these communications or participating in these activities. You may change your decision at any time by following the directions regarding how to unsubscribe from these e-mails or newsletters.
This privacy statement applies only to the Site. The DigiMarCon Web site does contain links to other sites. Once you enter another Web site (whether through an advertisement, service, or content link), be aware that DigiMarCon has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every Web site that you visit through a link or advertisement on DigiMarCon Web site or any site that collects Personal Information from you.
You can always contact us in order to (1) delete your Personal Information from our systems, (2) update the Personal Information that you have provided to us, and (3) change your preferences with respect to marketing contacts or other activities, by e-mailing us at email@example.com. Such changes will not have any effect on other information that DigiMarCon maintains. If you have a complaint or problem you may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the customer service department will forward your complaint to the appropriate internal DigiMarCon department for a response or resolution. We try to answer every e-mail in a timely manner but are not always able to do so.
You should be aware that it may not be technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to DigiMarCon from our servers. The need to back-up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your Personal Information may exist in a non-erasable form that may be difficult or impossible for us to locate. Nevertheless, upon receiving your request, we will endeavor to delete all Personal Information stored in the databases we actively use for research and daily business activities, as well as other readily searchable media.