About Auckland

Auckland is home to a population of 1.3 million people and is the largest city in New Zealand. It lays claim to being one of only a few cities in the world that has a harbour on the shores of two major oceans. It’s no surprise therefore that many of Auckland’s attractions lie in and around the waterfront areas. Also of interest are the subtropical forests and volcanic rocks that can be found a short distance away on some of the smaller islands, plus a busy nightlife, with plenty of bars and restaurants.

Getting There

Auckland International Airport is serviced by many major airlines, covering a wide range of locations across the globe.

From the Airport to Hotel

The easiest way to get to the casino on your arrival at the airport is to use a taxi or the airport shuttle bus. The taxi rank is located outside the baggage claim area in both the International and Domestic terminals. The journey should take roughly 45 minutes and cost around NZ $70. It’s also possible to catch a bus, which will take about 60 minutes and cost approximately NZ $25.


The rate at SKYCITY Hotel is for Premium rooms is $185 Inc GST per room, per night and for Luxury rooms is $215 Inc GST per room, per night. You can book by emailing: hotel.reservations@skycity.co.nz

Alternatively, email: Grand.reservations@skycity.co.nz, or can call our reservations team on 09 - 363 6000 and make a booking directly over the phone.

APPT Hotels

For all other poker players, media and anyone else planning to attend APPT tournaments, we have set up a dedicated website for hotel bookings: http://www.appthotels.com/. Please e-mail info@appthotels.com or call +34 93 352 1010 to take advantage of our special hotel rates.

Useful Information

People from most countries are not required to have a Visa to enter New Zealand; however there are some that may. Visit the countries official visa requirements page for further information.

Time: GMT+12.

Language: English and Maori.

Climate: The weather in Auckland will be cool to warm during the time of the event in November. The maximum temperature usually ranges from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius.

Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD). Exchange rate approx. USD $1 = NZD 1.19 (approximately).

Official tourist website: Auckland.