Cheap and Cheerful

Auckland is the seventh-cheapest tourist-friendly city in the world, cheaper than Marrakesh in Morocco, rated eighth. The website Tripadvisor has launched TripIndex, which compares the cost of 5 tourist cities around the world. The cities were ranked on the prices of an 8km taxi ride, a night in a four-star hotel, some pizza and a dry martini from a five-star restaurant. Auckland came seventh, with a total of $173. Number one, Bangkok, cost $131.8 and Beijing $141.3. The most expensive city was Paris, which cost $57.2. Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the news was “fantastic” in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup. “It’s marvellous and helpful to be communicating our affordablility, but it’s also an indication that we’re coming through a really hard time,” Brown said.


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…