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Perfect in every season, Adelaide promises exceptional food, wine, art and shopping, as well as a fizzing bar scene and world-class events.
South Australia's capital is a city that celebrates the art of living well. This spirit overflows into a calendar of events that promises to fancy-up your itinerary with a festival, race, party, show or gourmet weekend, no matter when you choose to visit. And did you know that Adelaide was recently named a Great Wine Capital of the World? As the central hub for all 18 of South Australia's wine regions, this city promises to win you over with its utter devotion to all things delicious, indulgent and fun.
About our flights to Adelaide
Air New Zealand offers non-stop flights to Adelaide from Auckland. On all flights you have a choice of seat, seat+bag, theworks and worksdeluxe fare types. The Auckland to Adelaide flight time is around five hours.
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Where to go and what to see in Adelaide
Known as the '20-minute city', Adelaide is compact, confident and full of character. There's a lot to do, and everywhere is close by.
Feel like a trip to the beach? Jump on a tram to Glenelg and 20 minutes later you'll be walking barefoot in the sand. Or perhaps you have an appetite for culture? Stroll for 20 minutes and you could be checking out the Art Gallery of South Australia, SA Museum (home to Australia's largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts) and the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Right next door is the National Wine Centre, which showcases hundreds of wines from across the state.
Consider a day trip to Mount Lofty or something more substantial like the Epicurean Way road trip to McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley.
Another 20 minute wander will lead you to Adelaide Central Market, where you'll discover all the flavours South Australia is famous for. Open Tuesday to Saturday, it's 'the pantry of the city'. Grab a coffee and a bite at one of the market eateries, then stock up on deli products and freshly-baked patisserie goodies for later.
The best shopping in Adelaide is concentrated around Rundle Mall, the first shopping area in Australia to be pedestrianised. Today there are more than 700 retail stores in this precinct, which is memorable for its gorgeous heritage buildings and amusing outdoor sculptures. To find a proliferation of great restaurants, head for Rundle Street East or Gouger Street. More about food in Adelaide and South Australia.
Hire a car and explore South Australia
After a couple of days getting to know Adelaide, it's fun to venture beyond the city limits. Consider a day trip to Mount Lofty in the Cleland Conservation Park and Hahndorf, or something more substantial like the Epicurean Way road trip to McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley. Or you can get really carried away with a super-size road trip. Southern Ocean Drive, from the Southern Beaches to the state's south east, is part of the Melbourne to Adelaide touring route and features quaint fishing villages and historic towns. Penola was home to Australia's first Saint - Mary MacKillop. As a bonus, right next door to Penola is the famous Coonawarra Wine Region, home of big, bold, award winning reds. See a one-week itinerary for touring South Australia.
Cruise the Murray River
Adelaide is also the perfect jumping off point for a Murray River experience. Australia's longest river, the Murray is continuously navigable for nearly 2000 kilometres and its part of the third-largest water catchment on the planet.
There are several ways to appreciate the Murray River, including luxury five-star accommodation at The Frames, cruises, houseboats, canoeing and fishing. Or you can drive from river town to river town, all the way to the New South Wales border. If your main aim is to relax, a cruise on the historic Murray River Princess is ideal. And for more adventurous travellers, the four-day Murray River Trails walk is one of the Great Walks of Australia, with accommodation along the way on luxury houseboats. Dive deeper into the Murray River.
Hop over to Kangaroo Island
It's no secret there are kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, but did you know that it has Australia's highest concentration of koalas? If you've never seen a koala in the wild, this island will deliver the furry encounters you've been craving. A holiday here will also feature kookaburras, echidnas, seals and a raucous collection of Australian birds. There's wildlife everywhere, as well as beautiful beaches, amazing rock formations and forests.
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Best time to visit Adelaide
South Australia is hot and dry from December to February, so if you want some fun in the sun, summer's your season. From March to May there's hardly any rainfall and temperatures are moderate. Winter is a little rainier, however Adelaide is still the driest of all the Australian capitals. Spring is a refreshing time to visit South Australia - the weather's warming up and the chance of rain is minimal.
How much will it cost?
This will depend on your tastes and what you want to do. As a rough guide, not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about AUD $150 to $200 a day per person for food and entertainment.
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