All you need to know about Auckland

The most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland is based around two large harbours and is a multicultural hub of art, food, and culture. The west offers a diverse landscape that immerses visitors in nature, with lush, native rainforests accompanied by black, volcanic beaches. The east’s glittering golden sand beaches contrast the rolling hills of the north and south to provide tranquil gardens and forests, ideal for exploration. With a variety of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, the Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour, and Britomart Precinct are all firm favourites that are well worth visiting. When staying in the city, make time to visit one of Auckland’s stunning wine regions where guests can sample cheese and wine by the sparkling ocean. Here at SilverDoor, we have a range of corporate accommodation options available for you to choose from; enquire today and we can elevate your stay with one of our many serviced apartments in Auckland.

What do I need to know about staying in Auckland?

Despite being New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a generally safe and easy-going place to visit. One-third of residents were born overseas, making Auckland a cosmopolitan city with many British, Asian, and Pacific Island influences. When flying to Auckland, be sure to check what you can and can’t bring into the country as New Zealand has strict laws about the declaration of items. It’s much quicker and easier to do some research prior to your travels than accidentally bring prohibited items to the airport. The striking black sand beaches on the West Coast are known for their ideal surfing conditions, however there can be strong currents and so it pays to be careful when swimming. Be sure to stay between the flagged areas as lifeguards monitor these areas for safety.

Transport in Auckland

Public transport consists of three modes: bus, train, and ferry. Britomart, in downtown Auckland, is the main transport hub and is where many bus and train journeys start and finish. Ferries also depart from the bay just two-minutes’ walk down the harbour, helping to make journey connections stress free. City Link buses are also a convenient and cheap way to travel around city centre and inner suburbs. They run reliably and frequently, therefore there is no timetable to worry about. Auckland also has an excellent motorway network and driving is a convenient option for anyone looking to discover more of New Zealand. If you're hoping to get some fresh air while you sightsee, Auckland can be easily journeyed by bike, with a number of new cycle paths dotted around the city. It’s also easy to get around the city centre on foot and there are hundreds of walking routes across the region for avid explorers.

Shopping in Auckland

With everything from high-end designers to open-air street markets, the city of Auckland offers a plethora of shopping options within easy reach. Head to Parnell or Britomart for the latest collections from top designer brands, both featuring upmarket, high-quality options with stylish surroundings. Alternatively, guests can wander down Newmarket’s cobbled alleyways to find some of New Zealand’s best independent boutiques and discover the recently redeveloped Westfield Market. Known for being the city’s premier shopping district, there are also a variety of restaurants and cafes dotted around to keep you fuelled. Takapuna is also worth stopping by as it features more than 400 shops and is the main shopping destination in Auckland’s North Shore. The Sunday markets run every week from 6am-12pm and feature everything from speciality food to gifts and homeware. Also, Matakana’s picturesque village with a superb farmer’ market makes this region a divine destination with organic, seasonal produce and fresh delicacies.

What to do in Auckland

A city of sophistication, Auckland features world class shopping and dining experiences while simultaneously providing a natural playground of stunning scenery and relaxing ocean views. For an adventurous weekend activity, visitors can contact Skydive Auckland or go for a Skyjump from the iconic Skytower. If visiting or relocating with family, be sure to book a whale and dolphin safari and marvel at the rare marine life situated along the Hauraki Gulf. Home to captivating coastlines, world-class vineyards, and an active volcano, there is something to suit everyone in Auckland. Spend a weekend or even a few hours at Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry ride downtown and offering the ultimate island retreat. Best known as the ‘island of wine’ for its plethora of wineries and vineyards, visitors can enjoy spectacular tours, views, beaches, and restaurants.

Facts about Auckland

Due to Auckland’s positioning between two natural harbours, Auckland is renowned for a certain Coast-to-Coast walk, where visitors can walk from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea in just four hours. As this is a 16-kilometre walk, be sure to take plenty of water if you attempt it! While exploring, remember to take in the stunning scenery and landscape, partly due to the plethora of volcanoes located across the city. Originating from a magma source buried 100-kilometres below Auckland, over 50 volcanoes can be found in close proximity of the area. With such beautiful, expansive land and a relatively low population, it is unsurprising that Auckland is frequently ranked in the world’s ‘Top 20 Most Liveable Cities’.

Why choose a serviced apartment in Auckland with SilverDoor?

With over 320,000 serviced apartments worldwide, we are unrivalled within the serviced apartment sector and therefore have you covered when searching for the perfect accommodation. Our Trustpilot rating contributes to the confidence that we have in our service and in our ability to match you to your ideal serviced apartment in Auckland. Our strong links with property partners also offers our clients increased flexibility when it comes to cancellation policies and negotiated rates. The depth of knowledge that we have developed is a credit to our twenty years’ plus worth of experience in the field and helps us to tailor our corporate housing to your every need. With a presence in over 110 countries, we are confident that you will be in the best hands when staying in a SilverDoor serviced apartment.

What is a serviced apartment?

The vast array of corporate housing available in our portfolio are decorated to meet a variety of different tastes but are all private and flexible spaces for you to enjoy. With facilities such as a fully equipped kitchens, living areas and multiple bedrooms depending on group size, guests can truly feel at home and separate their working, eating, and sleeping arrangements comfortably. If you have any specific requirements for your serviced apartment in Auckland, do not hesitate to contact a member of our team who will work hard to accommodate your needs. With a vast array of corporate housing available, our portfolio presents something for everyone.

Skyline of Auckland city centre