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

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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