What are some things to know before visiting Auckland?

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Nicky Park

•  Always pack a wet weather jacket. It can rain at any time in Auckland. Even in the middle of summer when it seems like the hottest day you’ve ever experienced. Find something light that packs up really small so you can take it with you everywhere.

•  Embrace the outdoors. Kiwis are adventurous and active. They love getting out and pursuing their hobbies, mastering new skills and trying new things. Hiking (or “tramping” as it’s known here), snowboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, rock climbing, kayaking – they’ll give anything a go. You'll get the most out of your stay in Auckland and NZ if you do the same.

Kiwis are a friendly bunch. They are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever encountered (unless the All Blacks are playing - also good to know - never make fun of the All Blacks). They will want to teach you the history of New Zealand, tell you the best places to eat, join you for a drink and meet up with you again the next day for a meal. Let them get to know you and you might get some great insider tips.

If you're here for more than a weekend, consider hiring a car. There are plenty of great road trips to be had out of Auckland. The North Island is small and a short drive will get you to some of the coolest coastlines (you can read more about roadtripping from Auckland here.)

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