First disclaimer, they don't serve sailors at The Mad Sailors.
Auckland gives the vibes of a working city. When I was walking around the city centre, all I saw were stern-faced workers shuffling along the streets. And unlike most major cities, Auckland has yet to have a metro system (construction was underway and I read that it would be ready in a few years' time). Therefore, the best way to get around the city centre was on foot, and thankfully, most sights we're within reach.