Has anyone ever been? What fun things are there to do? Can anyone recommend a good hotel or part of town I should look into staying? Also, what about gay life...is there any?
It's very nice but if you've been to Vancouver, you've seen auckland. Are you going to be able to travel around NZ or are you only in Auckland? The rest of your questions depend upon your budget. Generally it's nice to be in the Ponsonby area...
A lot of the NZ gays go to Sydney or Melbourne, Australia if they want to have a fun night...the population NZ isn't that big so the gays are smaller of course in proportion to other places.
Thanks for asking.
Yes, last year. Frankly, it's a bit of a boring dump. There are some really good (and pricey) restaurants and the harbor is nice if you're into sailing. You're better off, hopping onto a ferry for a 30-minute ride to the island of Waiheke which is amazing with some great restaurants and wineries, and where a lot of Aucklanders have their weekend homes.
How is Auckland dumpy? I'm thinking of visiting Auckland and Wellington next year.
"so the gays are smaller of course in proportion to other places"
Well, it's not a particularly inspiring city. Nondescript architecture, not much in terms of culture, the downtown is kind of unexciting, grimy at times. Basically, a provincial backwater forced into becoming the most important city of a country. The rest of New Zealand was fantastic and my partner and I loved it, but we didn't care for Auckland at all.
Op here, I will have about a week in NZ. Flying in and out of Auckland. It seems like most of you are suggesting NOT to stay in Auckland more than a night or two. Is it Easy to get to some other cool places in NZ? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
You need to to go to Rotorua and check out the "Maori microwaves" in some residents' backyards.
Smells like Savannah if you've ever been there and smelled their paper mill.
Auckland is a boring shithole.
It is basically suburbs connected by a motorway and lacking any kind of heart. Some of the suburbs are nice to visit for the day -- especially in the East near the sea.
Don't spend too much time in the city itself, there are some wonderful places within 20-30 minutes drive. Or, r4 said, jump on a ferry and go to Waiheke.
Wellington has a much much cooler vibe, though it is much smaller, and the weather is worse.
Yes. The South island is beautiful. Air New Zealand flies to pretty much anywhere in the country. For example, you can take a flight from Auckland to Queenstown which is the swankiest resort town on the South Island, with a lot of things to do and places to explore nearby. We had a car and drove around, went to Te Anau (near which Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed), took a cruise along the fjords of the West coast of the South island, went to a lot of wineries, some mountain resorts, etc. The North Island scenery is lovely (very different from the South Island) but Auckland is not where you'll experience any of that. In any case, you'll love New Zealand.
You can go fishing for some auks, they make mighty good eatin'
Auckland is an okay but generic, forgettable city. To see the best of NZ, go to the S. Island and visit Fiordland Natl. Park/Milford Sound. That part of the country has such epic, mind-blowing scenery (even better than LOTR movies), I swear it gave me a hard-on.
Y'all shitting on Auckland but it's the only place OP is going to get laid. Let's be frank.
Lots of gays on Ponsoby Road. Pretty place, 60 volcanic cones. Things to do like sailing on a racing yacht, the usual adventure sports, etc. Not a long drive from Rotorua with its hot springs or Waitomo with its glow-worm caves. Not too far from Napier, either, for art deco aficionados. Wellington is the capital and very scenic. Just taking the ferry to the South Island is an adventure. You can take LOTR tours there but otherwise it really is dull.
Auckland reminds me of San Jose and Wellington reminds me of San Francisco.
OP can easily get laid in Queenstown. It's not called that for nothing.
You guys are being really helpful. Thanks a lot! Keep the tips coming.
Ew, wouldn't an Auk taste all fishy?
[quote]Auckland reminds me of San Jose and Wellington reminds me of San Francisco.
Sadly, one of my favorite little pubs, Surrender Dorothy with its ruby red walls, closed. In general, bars in Auckland are very friendly little but elaborate boutique places.
Auckland is visually scenic but not much to do, so I disagree with the San Jose comparison in that sense but understand where r19 is going with that. I'm from SF. Would rather live in Auckland than SJO!! Worth staying a night or two to recover from jet lag if needed. Took the ferry to Devonport for dinner. Kind of reminds me of Sausalito with a great views of the bay and city.
Stayed at gay homestay places all over NZ I found on purpleroofs.com so don't have any hotels to recommend. Great way to meet locals.
If you plan to go to the Northland, I highly recommend staying at this spectacular, gourmet, gay owned place owned by a Maori and his partner, who is a famous chef. Definitely a splurge...
Op here, Not long before my trip now. I will spend three nights in Auckland and four nights In Queenstown. Any more tips will be helpful. Thanks to all for the helpful hints so far. !
I went, en route to OZ, which I preferred. NZ is very pretty and very quiet, but there really wasn't that much to do. I ended up skiing for a few days in Rotorua or someplace like that. The skiing was terrible compared to Colorado skiing. I did, however, go bungee jumping off an old railroad bridge, and that was fantastic. I highly recommend that. But: just don't expect too much. It's a quiet, lovely town, but not a whole lot to do.
With four nights in Queenstown you probably don't have time for the Milford Track, one of the world's greatest hikes.
Does Auckland get earthquakes like Christchurch does?
For some reason, I'm reminded of an episode of FULL HOUSE where Stephanie and Michelle accidentally get on a plane bound for New Zealand. They start conversing with a boy sitting nearby and ask him where he's going and he replies in his Kiwi accident, "Auckland," and Stephanie turns to Michelle, "Oakland? That's right across the bay. Why don't they just drive there?" XD
The tsunami bomb was an attempt during World War II to develop a tectonic weapon that could create destructive tsunamis. The project commenced after US Navy officer E.A. Gibson noticed small waves generated by explosions used to clear coral reefs. The idea was developed by the United States and New Zealand military in a programme code named Project Seal.
Yes R39, since it is located on top of 80 volcanic cones.
Auckland’s strongest ever known quake was the 1891 Waikato Heads earthquake, which had a magnitude of between 5.5 and 6.0. Yet the only damage was some plaster and a chimney in Onehunga falling and some broken pottery and crockery.