General information

Auckland at a glance:

Auckland’s population

Auckland is the country’s largest city and home to almost a third of all New Zealanders.

New Zealanders of European descent make up the majority of the ethnically diverse 1.5 million population, followed closely by Māori, Pacific peoples and Asian communities. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population in the world and there are also growing African and Middle Eastern populations.

This ethnic diversity ensures Auckland screen industry’s talent (actors and extras) and crew includes a wide variety of language speakers.

Languages

Official: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. English is the most widely spoken language in New Zealand.

Other common languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Tongan.

Auckland’s climate

Auckland's climate is temperate. Productions typically encounter vivid blue skies, unrestricted by smog. Filming in New Zealand is characterised by crystal clear conditions, in both summer and winter.

Time zone

New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and is one of the first countries in the world to welcome the new day.

NZ Standard Time (GMT+12): from the first Sunday in April, until the last Sunday in September.

NZ Daylight Saving Time (GMT+13): from the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday in April.

In standard time, this means that Auckland, as with all of New Zealand is:

  • 19 hours ahead of the US west coast (calculate five hours behind and one day ahead)
  • 4 hours ahead of Beijing and Shanghai
  • 12 hours ahead of London.

Currency

The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

Getting here and around

By air

Auckland Airport is Australasia’s second largest and handles more than 70 per cent of all international arrivals into New Zealand – welcoming eight million passengers annually.

It is served by 18 airlines and their partners from 32 global airports, ensuring you can travel to Auckland and back with ease from across the globe.

Auckland Airport is 35 km (21 miles) or 20 - 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

There are several flights daily to and from the US, UK, Asia and Australia and travel within New Zealand is easy, with hundreds of connections daily.

Charter and private flights

  • Helicopters and light aircraft tours provide a bird’s-eye view of the region. Flights are easy to arrange with experienced pilots and are perfect for locations scouting above Auckland’s beaches, islands and forests.
  • Private jet services are available for charter.

On the road: vehicle rental

Auckland has many car rental companies – both international and local operators – with several specialists catering to film-productions.

Many vehicle options are available, including transport vehicles, from luxury to budget.

Tracking vehicles, camera vans and makeup/wardrobe trucks, Winnebagos and motorhomes are also available for hire.

Accommodation in and around Auckland

The proximity of film locations and facilities to central Auckland makes city accommodation feasible for production crews. After a hard day’s work, they can enjoy a meal in Auckland’s vibrant inner-city and waterfront dining precincts, or head to the hills for a retreat from the street scene.

Accommodation is available for all budgets – from motels or serviced apartments, to five-star luxury hotels. Outside Auckland, many 'rural' towns offer boutique hotels and lodges. Some crews prefer to be based out of the city centre.

Mobile phone coverage

Cellphone and wireless data coverage is extensive throughout most of the country and particularly in Auckland.