Auckland, New Zealand
Cruises that visit or depart from Auckland sail to other ports in New Zealand, as well as to Australia, South Pacific islands and Asia.
New Zealand’s largest city -- and the world’s largest Polynesian city -- sprawls across an isthmus positioned between two harbors. The “City of Sails” boasts more boats per capita than any other city. Queen Street is the major shopping area, while Victoria Park Market offers food and crafts in a re-created European-style village, and the Parnell area has art galleries and antique shops in restored Victorian buildings. Some excursions introduce cruise passengers to Maori culture, while others head to sheep and cattle farms for a glimpse of New Zealand’s rural life. Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World offers a look at the marine and birdlife of Antarctica. Beachgoers will want to head to Takapuna, four miles north of the city.
Language: English Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Driving Directions and Parking Information
99 Quay St
Exiting airport, turn left at the first set of traffic lights onto George Bolt Memorial Drive. Continue on that road which runs into the motorway route 20. Exit the motorway at Queentown Road Exit and turn first right onto Queentown Road. Go through roundabout, and up the hill. You are now on Route 12. Follow Route 12 all the way into the city (clearly sign posted) Turn left onto Alpers Avenue and then right at the end of the road. Turn left onto the motorway on-ramp. Take a second off-ramp (Symonds Street Exit) which will take you to the heart of the city. Follow Symonds Street down to the very end, past Auckland University. This road runs into Anzac Avenue. Follow Anzac Avenue until the last set of lights. Turn left into Customs Street. Follow Customs Street until Commerce Street. Turn right into Commerce Street and at the end of Commerce Street turn left into Quay Street. Queens Wharf and Princes Wharf are both located on Quay Street.