Is Auckland Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Auckland, New Zealand
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 67 / 100 based on 3 user reviews.

Auckland refers to the largest metropolitan area in both Polynesia and New Zealand.

It has a population of 1.45 million people where almost one-third of New Zealand’s entire population resides.

What attracts tourists is the fact that many suburbs were once separate towns and the city has to offer examples of early European settlement.

Some popular areas include Ponsonby, Newmarket, Parnell, Mission Bay, and Takapuna.

Many events are held in Auckland, such as the Auckland Festival, the Auckland Triennial, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Warnings & Dangers in Auckland

Overall Risk


Auckland, and New Zealand, in general, have the lowest rate of serious crimes. Violent crimes involving guns are very rare and almost do not exist. Theft and pickpocketing might happen. There is also an increase in the number of thefts from hotel rooms, so it is advisable not to leave valuables there or use a hotel safe if possible.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transport or taxi risk in New Zealand is very low. You can get around by bus, ferry, train, taxi or shuttle. Auckland taxis are plentiful and taxi drivers always use the meter and are honest. All taxi drivers must be licensed. Public transport is also very reliable and safe.

Pickpockets Risk


In Auckland, police tend to decrease the number of pickpockets and they are doing it successfully, but still, you need to be vigilant at places frequently visited by tourists and watch your belongings.

Natural Disasters Risk


Auckland is prone to strong earthquakes. Volcanoes are an inactive phase and volcanic eruptions may take place frequently. New Zealand’s entire coastline is at risk of a tsunami, so travelers need to follow the weather forecast and be prepared in case any of the hazards happen.

Mugging Risk


When it comes to kidnapping and mugging risk in Auckland, the chances of being kidnapped are extremely low. Mugging is very rare, but the possibility exists, so you need to remain watchful of any suspicious activity around you. In case you become a victim, do not resist, but give them what they are after, and that is usually money and valuables.

Terrorism Risk


The global risk of terrorist attacks exists and Auckland might be the target, but the possibility is very low. Still, to minimize your risk, you need to follow the advice of local authorities which will inform you what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

Scams Risk


The only frequent scam is lottery winning scam when you receive a letter which says that you won a prize in a lottery and that you need to pay a fee for processing it. Your money is never recovered if they manage to deceive you.

Women Travelers Risk


Woman travelers can feel free in Auckland and walk the streets without encountering any trouble. The risk is low, but it is recommended to exercise normal safety precautions and avoid going to dangerous areas especially at night.

So... How Safe Is Auckland Really?

The European settlement of Auckland began in the early 1800s and nowadays it is the largest metropolitan area not only in New Zealand but in the whole Polynesia.

Auckland has activities that may amaze even an experienced traveler, such as hiring a kayak and paddling out to a volcanic island, visiting Waiheke Wine Island or exploring the largest collection of Mãori taonga.

The more interesting city for tourists is at the same time the more interesting for criminals, even though that is not a situation in Auckland.

The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity, like pickpocketing and theft from vehicles.

However, travelers need to be careful in the areas Karangahape Rd where a large number of pubs and clubs are located and Queen Street where an increasing number of homeless people sleep.

How Does Auckland Compare?

CitySafety Index
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82

Useful Information



People coming with an Australian passport or who hold a current Australian resident return visa, do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. Other nationalities might need a visa to enter the country. Visa and other entry and exit requirements can change at short notice. All the information about the visa to New Zealand can be found on the following website:



The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar. ATMs are available and credit cards are acceptable, but it is better to contact your bank before coming to see whether your card can be used overseas. Most retail shops and supermarkets accept credit cards while some tourists or souvenir shops might exchange foreign money for purchases.



Auckland is located in a temperate climate zone which means that temperatures are neither extremely hot nor cold. From April to June temperatures are cooler and it is raining most of the time, so humid and moist conditions are usual in all seasons. Summers are characterized by dry weather.



When you come to Auckland, you can travel via Auckland International Airport which is New Zealand's largest airport and has direct flights from Europe, UK, Middle East, and the USA.

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Auckland Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 20° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 17° C
May 15° C
Jun 12° C
Jul 11° C
Aug 12° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 19° C
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3 Reviews on Auckland

  1. C
    Carolyn says:

    Auckland is not prone to earthquakes and in recent history 100 years not vulcanic either – there is a slight risk of eruption as we do have a lot of volcanos

  2. T
    Tammy M. says:

    It was safe when I was there

    I loved Auckland when I visited in 2015, I am not sure how much it changed regarding safety since then but it was lovely when I was there and didn’t seem dangerous at all.

  3. R
    RealTruth says:

    Walk down Queen Street at night good luck to you.

Auckland Rated 3.33 / 5 based on 3 user reviews.

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