Initially, Auckland area was settled by a confluence of Mãori people more than 700 years ago. European settlement began in the early 1800s. Nowadays, being the largest metropolitan area not only in New Zealand but in the whole Polynesia, it has a population of just 1.45 million peoples. However, almost 3rd whole nation resides in Auckland. It is situated in the northern part of North Island, around two large harbours. Auckland’s activities may amaze even an experienced traveller. Among the top things to do, the following one should be on the priority place: hire a kayak and paddle out to a volcanic island, walk from east to west coast in 5 hours, visit Waiheki wine island, explore the largest collection of Mãori taonga, see the city lights from above the Sky Tower and it’s just the beginning of the list! Auckland is generally a very safe place to visit. The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing and theft from vehicles are the most common types of crime. The use of weapons in crimes are very low. In order to make your journey as calm as possible, SafeAround carefully compiled information concerning all possible dangers in the Auckland’s neighborhoods.


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The following places are supposed to be dangerous with the highest amount of committed crimes:

Auckland CBD, North Shore, West Auckland, County Manukau, Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK :

The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity. Auckland and New Zealand has the lowest rate of crimes involving guns in the world. The city is on the 24th place in the list of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK :

Auckland as a big urban area and a destination frequently visited by tourists are affected by pickpockets. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK :

New Zealand is a country, where an occurrence of kidnappings is low. Mugging is very rare, but the possibility exists, notably in the remote neighborhoods and outskirts of the big urban areas. Remember, no personal possession is worth your life.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK :

Lottery winning scam – you receive a letter, that you won a prize in a lottery. In order to collect your winnings, you are asked to pay a fee for a processing. Inland Revenue scams – Scammers, claiming to be from the appropriate establishment, call people to say that they are being investigated for tax fraud and are asked to pay a debt urgently or go to jail.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :

On the whole, there are no transport or taxi risk in New Zealand. We recommend only drive carefully in the poor visibility. There are a wide variety of ways to get around, including bus, ferry, train, taxi, shuttle.  Although worth to mention, that Auckland is a very car dependent city.


Severe and poorly predictable weather may be an issue in New Zealand. Strong earthquakes are often with an average magnitude of 6. Having a number of volcanos in the active phase, volcanic eruptions may take place. All tourists should be aware of venomous spiders: “redback” and “kapito”.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK :

Though the threat from terrorism is low in Auckland. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.


Overall, woman travelers risk seems to be lower than in the main European countries, Canada or USA. However, sexually motivated crimes are still on the rise. SafeAround recommends exercise normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.



Karangahape Rd

Numerous pubs and clubs are in this area. Care should be taken late at night, being alone or intoxicated is not recommended during the dusk on Friday and Saturday.

Queen Street

Respectable shopping area. During the day the neighborhood is very safe. On weekends there are typically many intoxicated people. An increasing number of homeless sleep around this area. Some fights happen in late hours.

 High Street/Vulcane line

An elegant shopping area. There will be a large crowds and the density of the pickpockets is high. Keep an eye on your valuables and do not leave it unattended, the area attracts pickpockets and scammers.

Auckland City Hospital / Middlemore Hospital

The number of victimization in areas surrounding hospitals has increased for a last decade. Pay attention to suspicious activity.

Useful Information

You may need a visa for entering New Zealand. More information about the visa can be found on the following website: Be sure that your passport valid for at least 6 months. Ireland immigration officials may ask for your onward/return ticket.
New Zealand (NZ$) dollar is the official currency. Visa and MasterCard are accepted all over the country. In small towns may be maximum one ATM in the surrounding area.
Weather in New Zealand is unpredictable. Advised to follow a weather forecast before a long drive or trip to remote areas.
Direct flights from Europe, UK, Middle East and the USA are available. The biggest airport of the country is Auckland’s airport. Website:
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.