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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2016
i am visiting auckland on feb 7  (2 Answers)

Hi I am planning to visit Auckland on Feb 7 please kindly which is best place to stay and search for job , and I need room for rent .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2016
Public transport  (2 Answers)

Dear VTers,
could anybody tell me, how I can get from the airport to Grafton, 21 Whitaker Place by public transport ? We have accommodation there but we are travelling on budget and public transport is something we are going to use as often as possible. :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2016
Need to rent a car in Auckland  (1 Answer)

We'll be in Auckland for 2 - 3 nights, and want to see the city sights and visit Waiheke Island. Should we rent a car in Auckland?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2016
Need Travel Companion  (1 Answer)

Hi I will be in Auckland in Aug for 8 days, wondering if any local who can provide guidance or help out with my trips..please reach out to me..thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2016
Auckland Iterinary  (2 Answers)

I plan to visit Auckland New Zealand in February 2017.
1. Is the period of visit is fine or Okay..
2. How many days I may need to see only the v. v. important sight seeing / tourist places in and around Auckland
3. Is there any important attraction near Auckland and how may days it will take.
4. South Island / Christ Church is worth seeing and what is the economic mode mode of transport .
5. Best & economical place to stay in Auckland
Can you pl suggest an interesting terinary of nothern Island
Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2016
Accommodations  (2 Answers)

We will be arriving late in the night during the second week of May in Auckland. The next day we intend to do some city sight seeing . We check out on the 3 rd day morning and head towards Paihia.
Which is a good area to stay in Auckland for this short stay? We are looking at mid range stay options like bed and breakfast places. We wish to do the sky walk and perhaps take the ferry to Devenport.
Thank you in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2016
Getting from Auckland out to Piha  (9 Answers)

Hi, Im arriving at Auckland airport late Monday afternoon. I'd like to get out to Piha the same night, but not sure how to make it without paying heaps for a shuttle. There's a train out to the Hampton station - but from there I'd need to hitch hike to get out to Piha. My question is, could I trust that I'll easily catch a car around 8pm or would it be too risky and better to pay for a direct shuttle?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2016
1 day in Auckland -  (15 Answers)

We are a family of 4 with two teenage boys. We are travelling from North America to Sydney in July 2016. We arrive at 9am and depart the following morning around the same time. This is our first time in Auckland. Any suggestions on Auckland sites and hotels will be helpful..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2016
Joint adventure on January 22 in Newzealand  (4 Answers)

Hello.... We are 3 Asian girl from Sydney will go to Newzealand on 22 January ~ 31 January it will be our first to visit there so would like to ask if anyone / group that we can joint the itinerary or having adventure together?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2015
AT Hop Day Pass  (1 Answer)


As I will not be renting a car in Auckland, I thought of getting the AT Hop Day Pass . With this pass, can I use it to take public transport to the airport?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2015
reasonable priced restaurants  (2 Answers)

where do the locals in auckland eat, that is reasonable in price

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2015
Moving to Auckland! Help needed  (5 Answers)

Hello all! I'm moving to Auckland in a few months! Very excited to be back in a beautiful city in a beautiful country. Have done some research for the move but I still have some questions related to administrative matters and would love input from VTers. For context, this won't be my first time living in a place that isn't my home country. In fact, quite the opposite. Been a nomad for a long time so just need to know the specifics for NZ for consideration. Thank you for any help you can offer!

1. Which bank is better to set up a savings account? The most important thing would be customer service and that online banking is available.
2. Which credit cards are best to get/ should I consider getting? There are so many options; I tend to prefer those that help you accumulate miles or those that offer points which can then be converted into miles (no surprises there!)
3. I hear that insulation isn't great in buildings. Other than wearing jackets indoors, any tricks to save on electricity/heating bills?

Thanks again!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2015
One night in Auckland.  (6 Answers)

Hi, we will be arriving from Sydney landing at 17.10 on a Friday evening at the end of October. We are picking up a car at the airport at the start of a 32 night tour of the north island staying mainly at rented bach's at various locations. We intend staying one night in the Auckland area before heading up to Whangerei on Saturday morning. Before our journey north we need to stock up on food, wine, beer and a chilly bin etc. Can anyone suggest a mid-range motel / hotel that is within walking distance of bars & restaurants that also has a suitable supermarket / store nearby for us to stock up at. We would prefer not to stay too close to the airport as choices are limited, a suitable suburb of Auckland would be preferable. Any help would be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2015
Accommodation in Auckland  (4 Answers)

Dear VTers, can you recommend me a decent accommodation in Auckland? I mean, we'll be travelling quite on a bugdet so no Hilton , please. A small guesthouse will be perfect. Or maybe local company or trustworthy website offering this type of accommodation. Thank you in advance for your advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2015
Auckland 4 days  (10 Answers)


Will be travelling to Auckland for a wedding at Waiuku in April. The following is a rough itinerary. Would appreciate any suggestions and tips:

Arriving Auckland on Wednesday 2pm. Staying in Auckland city.
Thursday morning, renting a car from the city and leaving for Waiuku for the wedding. Staying over night in Waiuku.
Friday morning, booked tour at Spellbound caves. Thereafter, driving to Taupo and staying there for the night.
Saturday morning, drive to Rotorau and Agrodome. Drive back to Auckland and staying the night in Auckland.
Sunday morning return rental car. Depart Auckland Sunday night - shuttle to airport.

1) How are the road conditions? Will a normal car do or do I need to rent a 4x4?
2) Driving from Waiuku to Spellbound Caves, is it easy to find?
3) What is the weather like in April? Is it quite chilly in Waiuku and Taupo?
4) Any coffee places along the way?
5) If i have half a day, with no rental car, would you suggest Devonport or Waiheke?

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2015
Transport from Airport Auckland to Tepuke  (10 Answers)

would like to know how do i take transport from Auckland airport to tepuke?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2015
One night in Auckland  (5 Answers)

We're a group of friends (12 total) will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand (South Island), then on the way back will spend one day (arriving to Auckland airport at 10:30am) and one night in Auckland. Next morning at 9:30am we will depart back to US. Can anyone please recommend whether we should get a hotel in the airport or in a city center for this night, and what we can do/see during this short visit?
Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2015
Auckland in one day  (4 Answers)


As part of our honeymoon in September we will have one day from 6 am to 9 pm in Auckland.

Please let me know what can we do in Auckland in one day - we want to do city tour in Auckland- and maybe a sailing to see the city from the ship. what exactly to see in Auckland in one day?

What kind of New Zealand food specialities to try?any recommendation for restaurant where NZ food can be tried - which is not that expensive?

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2015
Fishing Store in Auckland  (2 Answers)

I will be in Auckland just for a day and am looking for a large fishing store for ocean fishing.
Can somebody recomend one?
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2014
Child seats in taxis  (11 Answers)

I have visitors arriving at Auckland International Airport. They have a child, so how do the taxis do that? If they are on the ramp do they have access to child seats? Thanks for any insight.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2014
family fun at new year  (1 Answer)

We are new to Auckland having moved here a few months ago from Scotland. We have friends visiting 30th Dec with their children under 10, I am struggling for ideas other than have a BBQ and go to the beach for New Year? the Music festivals look great but as far as I can see they don't seem to be kid friendly...camping is tricky as we wouldn't have enough gear to accommodate all of us. Any suggestions ?? thanks in advance !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2014
Driving from Auckland to Mata mata  (12 Answers)

Hi friends!

Kia Ora! Will be traveling for 2 months in NZ this October and the first thing I want to see is the Hobbiton in Mata mata. If say we are driving all the way up there, how long will it take? Is it better to book a hotel somewhere? Do I have to pay fees for entering the place too?

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2014
Shopping sales in AKL  (11 Answers)

I'll visit AKL next month and I know there are lots of expensive stuff there. I want to know how often do AKL stores (clothes etc) have sales? Every week? Month? Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2014
Honeymoon must see's/dp  (3 Answers)

My Fiance and I are taking our honeymoon in Carins, Sydney, Auckland, and then Fiji. We will be at each place for about 4-5 days. Is there any suggestions for must sees or must do's in these areas. Also looking for unique romantic honeymoon type things? When we are in Cairns we are scuba diving the great barrier, and in Auckland we are spelunking with waitomo. Other then that any suggestions would be amazing! We are going in the end of May- June so I understand it will be warm in Cairns and Fiji and chilly in Sydney and Auckland. I would really love to go wine tasting in Auckland but haven't found enough information yet?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2014
Holiday in Auckland  (2 Answers)

I am planning to visit Auckland for 1 week this April. Can anyone tell what to do and to visit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2013
Transportations and eats  (15 Answers)

Will be arriving late night and staying downtown. What is best way to get there? Also good places to eat.
Thanks from Texas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2013
Best dinner and fireworks sightseeing

Where could be a good location to have a nice dinner on 31 Dec and cosy fireworks sightseeing nearby ? Westhaven Marina is better than Devonport ? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2013
Mobile Internet.  (5 Answers)

I will be travelling New Zealand for 2 weeks in Feburary 2014.

I shall be arriving in Aukland and departing from Christchurch.
I have a car hired and will be staying in hotles and motels troughout the North and South Island.
As I will not be sure where I would be staying overnight from day to day I like to book my accomodation through the internet daily.
For this and other reasons I require mobile internet for which I already have an Australian Telstra "Dongle" and I hope only to buy the relevant SIM and provider service.

Can anyone confirm that New Zealand and Australia run the same Mobile and Mobile Internet networks please?

Is there a kiosk or company that provides such things at the Auckland Airport?
Thank you in keen anticipation.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2013
Accommodation in Auckland  (2 Answers)

Hi guys!

Does anyone know of any good websites for room rentals/ house share in Auckland? Also, any idea what's a somewhat average price range for a double room in or around the Ellerslie area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2013
Local beer  (1 Answer)

Traveling from Australia for the weekend, just wondering what beer is available or a favourite by locals? Also a price would be good. Anyone recommend a local mascato wine?

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