Auckland is a vibrant and exciting city with lots to see and do. It is New Zealand’s largest city and considered by many the Gateway to the Pacific. While you’re here, take the opportunity to explore the city. For a comprehensive overview of Auckland, go to www.aucklandnz.com.
All overseas visitors are required to have a valid passport and, with the exception of delegates from visa-free countries (please see below), are required to have the appropriate visa. For information on obtaining a visa, including necessary funds and health requirements, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/visitors/.
We suggest that you allow for a minimum of 6 weeks to have your visa processed by Immigration New Zealand or the applicable New Zealand embassy or consulate in your country of residence. If you require a letter of invitation, please contact the organising committee.
Arriving in New Zealand
After collecting your baggage at the airport, proceed to the exiting point where your passenger arrival card will be checked by an officer prior to passing through Customs and the New Zealand quarantine inspection service.
Don’t forget to declare any necessary items including food, bones, shells. There are severe penalties for failing to declare articles that are prohibited, restricted or for which you are required to pay duty/sales tax. No fruit is allowed into NZ (along with a list of other items that you will see on the customs declaration form).
Also, every passenger carrying NZ$10,000 or more in cash and/or foreign currency equivalent must notify a Customs officer.
Travelex is the world’s foreign exchange specialist, with 10 stores located in the international and domestic terminals for changing money. Banks are also available in the city if you wish to exchange money there or at any other exchange (readily available).
Travel to CBD from Airport
Several transport options are available for getting to and from Auckland Airport (a number of bus, shuttle, and taxi services which can pick up from the terminal forecourts). A regular 15-minute Airbus Express service is available from the airport for all travellers to Auckland’s CBD and to the city’s waterfront Downtown Ferry Terminal.
Taxi and shuttle ranks are located outside the arrivals area (door 8) at the international terminal and outside the luggage collection area (door 4) at the domestic terminal. You can pre-book with one of the companies listed below or just turn up at the terminal ranks - taxis and shuttles are always available. Indicative fares from the airport into the city is between NZ$65 - NZ$85 one-way for a taxi and shuttles ($33 for one person plus $8 for each extra person together in the same group). For specific fare pricing, contact the taxi and shuttle companies directly.
Driving in New Zealand
The NZ Road Code can be found here for visitors - https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/road-code-index/
Driving is on the left side of the road, with speed limits 50 kmph in town areas, 100 kmph on the open road. Please refer to the road codes for signage and more details.
Attractions and Cultural Experience
The Auckland Museum is the cultural and spiritual touchstone for the many cultures that inhabit this beautiful land, and the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its peoples. You can experience Maori culture at the Auckland Museum with a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and a haka.
The Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop on, hop off sightseeing tour with full commentary, visiting Auckland’s big 14 attractions.
Tours and Nature
Fullers Ferries - Explore the Hauraki Gulf and its history, the Tiritiri Matangi island sanctuary, and Motuihe Island.
Ananda Tours - Discover Waiheke Island (Waiheke means ‘cascading waters’ in Maori). Enjoy the island’s award-winning wines and locally produced gourmet delights, along with gardens and galleries, music and poetry, native birds and bush walks, in any combination.
Auckland Wine Tasting Tours - Auckland Wine Tasting Tours offers a personalised experience encompassing the scenic North/West Auckland and/or Matakana regions. Enjoy a full day winery tour with lunch from $135 per person and a half day tour from $90 per person.
Goat Island Marine Reserve - Renowned for its amazing marine life, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, also known as Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve, is a great place to spend a day in the outdoors with friends and family. At Goat Island you will discover an abundance of New Zealand marine life and enjoy the experience of being surrounded by schools of playful fish and beautiful coral.