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Auckland at a Glance

Auckland is a city built quite literally on volcanoes. Fifty extinct or dormant volcanoes form cones throughout the city. The good soil and excellent lookouts these volcanoes brought made the area an attractive place to settle. 

Take time to visit the volcanoes and survey the sprawling city of Auckland from on top. Visitors can also take in the view from downtown Auckland's Sky Tower, which is a dual communications tower and observation platform. Auckland is a multicultural city with sizable Asian, Polynesian and Maori populations. With so many different cultures calling the city home, visitors can sample a huge assortment of cuisines. With the ocean so close, the seafood is delicious. 

While Auckland is a huge city, you can still take advantage of the outdoors. Parks are scattered throughout and offer places for children to play, walking trails and the ubiquitous volcanic cones. It is only a hop skip and a jump to get to the beach and surfers, swimmers and sunbathers will find it their dream come true in the summer time. 

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April - November
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December - March
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      European, American and Canadian residents do not need visas to visit New Zealand if their visit will be for less than three months. All travelers must have a valid passport with at least one page available for stamping. Travelers can learn more by contacting the Embassy of New Zealand. American travelers can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Don't underestimate New Zealand's changing weather. Strong winds buffet the country and will bring rain and snow quite suddenly. During the winter the weather can be quite windy and clammy cold. 

      Safety Concerns Don't leave valuables in your car especially when it is parked at trail heads or other tourist-heavy destinations. In all cases, don't leave anything visible in the car seats as car break-ins are a problem. 

      Health Concerns: Travelers are usually most comfortable if they are wearing insect repellent. The mosquitoes can be vicious. Undertows and riptides are present at certain beaches. Ask around to find safe swimming spots.