The Afar Guide to

Long known as the City of Sails, Auckland is the gateway to 100 percent pure New Zealand. A sparkling, fresh, and vibrant South Pacific city, Auckland offers much to those seeking natural beauty and urban adventure. The diverse population and proud Maori heritage have created a unique culture with distinct suburbs and precincts. There’s so much to explore—from the suburban markets to the vineyards of the Hauraki Gulf—that a few days may not be enough.

Essential Auckland Facts to

know before you go


Guy NeedhamAuckland Local Expert

Guy Needham is an international freelance photographer who calls Auckland home. Brought up in a town of pop. 257, he appreciates small-town values and loves big-city buzz. When not writing and taking photos that have appeared in AFAR, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Stock,, Real Travel, and numerous publications and exhibitions, he’s a Director of Marketing. If you’d like to know more about Auckland or New Zealand feel free to contact him through AFAR or