The first thing you should do in Auckland is buy a Hop card, the reusable prepaid smart card that gives discounted travel on Auckland’s ferries, buses and trains. Buy it online or at retailers around the city and suburbs.
The best way to see the 'City of Sails'? From the water, of course. The city skyline is truly spectacular and how can you say you’ve seen Auckland if you haven’t explored the islands of the Hauraki Gulf? They are officially part of Auckland, after all.
Car or campervan? If Auckland is your only New Zealand destination, then opt for the car. If you’re planning on exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud, then do as thousands do annually and hire a campervan so you can get up close and personal with nature.