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Tips on Auckland Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

Auckland Warnings and Dangers

As the most heavily populated urban area in New Zealand, the city of Auckland attracts visitors from around the world. However, there are warnings and dangers you should be aware of before visiting.


As with all major urban areas, there is crime and violence in Auckland. Though it can be avoided for the most part, you will want to avoid traveling too late at night, particularly alone. Rmember to stay in groups when possible. If you’re out late or in any suspicious parts of the city, keep your valuables secured and don’t walk into any isolated areas.

Airport Troubles

Before flying to Auckland, make sure you check the reputation of the airline you’re thinking of using. There are reports of delays and bad service on some flights, so make sure you’ve read some reviews before departing.

Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is a big problem in Auckland and much of New Zealand. Before you get into any car, make sure that the driver hasn’t been drinking too much. Also, make sure you not to drink and drive yourself, since the police have check points in different areas. In response to this problem, the Auckland City council has an alcohol ban in force. In Parnell and Newmarket, it operates in public places from 10:00 P.M. to 6.00 A.M. from Wednesday through Saturday night in designated areas.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Auckland.


By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC,, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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