Formed from volcanic remnants, Auckland is visually arresting and diverse. Rugged hills and cliffs give way to expansive forests and geothermal pools. Whether you are looking to island-hop in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park or climb the volcanic peaks of Mount Eden for sweeping New Zealand vistas, the dazzling variety leaves much to be uncovered. Within the city limits, a rich medley of cultures gives rise to distinctive museums, art galleries, and world-class restaurants. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is also home to a majority of the country’s LGBT population, with gay-friendly bars, restaurants and nightclubs to explore.
Same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand in April of 2013. Couples must fill out a Notice of Intended Marriage at least three days prior to the ceremony. Birth certificates may be required. Divorce and death decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Climate & Beaches
Auckland has an oceanic, temperate climate with warm summers and damp winters. The average temperature in February is 74 degrees F and the average temperature in July is 58 degrees F.
Auckland’s beaches range from volcanic sand surf spots to sheltered golden bays. Mission Beach is most accessible from the city center and is one of the region’s most popular, with white sand and a lively strip of restaurants and bars to choose from. On the Hauraki Gulf, Oneroa has golden sands and shallow water that’s perfect for swimming. Karekare Beach is a protected nature preserve and feels remote and intimate.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Known for its endless variety of beaches, the coastline caters to surfers, snorkelers, fishers and sunbathers alike. For a more relaxing excursion, sailing and kayaking offers an up-close view of Auckland’s world-class marine life. On land, the exotic volcanic landscape is filled with lush national parks and rolling farmland, so try hiking, biking, or simply relaxing at one of the geothermal pools. There are also well-known wine regions surrounding Auckland, so a vineyard tour is a must for wine-lovers. Auckland is a melting pot of heritages, so the city-center will be filled with Māori and Pacific restaurants, galleries and museums.