According to its Māori heritage, Auckland is a place with many lovers. Spend a little time here and you’ll fall head over heels.

So what is it that makes Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau so alluring? It could be the city’s remarkable Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean coastlines or its glamorous harbor precincts. Perhaps it’s the low-lying extinct volcanoes that surround the city with rolling farmland, lush rainforests and thermal springs. Or is the local people, who keep the city ahead of the curve with food, wine, arts and culture? Somehow, Auckland finds its way into everybody’s heart.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Auckland

What is the AT HOP card?

This is your golden ticket to enjoying cash-free journeys on the city's public buses, trains and ferries. Order one online and have it delivered to your accommodation, or look out for the AT HOP sign at convenience stores and train stations around the city. Remember to charge credit before travelling. Unfortunately, it doesn't include trips on the SkyBus airport transfer.

What are the biggest summer festivals in Auckland?

On and off the water, there's a bundle of exciting days out to enjoy in the city. Discover a host of national and international indie music acts at January's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. Watch colourful sailboats and tall ships cruise around Waitemata Harbour during the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. Enjoy superb food and wine experiences at November's Taste of Auckland, held in the Western Springs suburb. And celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Auckland Lantern Festival.

Does it snow in Auckland?

Although winters can be bitterly cold, snowfall isn't as common here as you might think. In fact, 2011 brought the first downtown snow since the 1930s. So if you've brought your skis or snowboard then you'll be better off visiting the South Island.