Auckland City Attractions

Art Galleries

Auckland boasts an impressive array of Art Galleries.  The Auckland Gallery (Toi o Tamaki) has the largest collection in New Zealand and showcases historic, modern and contemporary Art.   As well as the main gallery, Auckland has a multitude of small boutique art galleries scattered across the city.

Auckland Beaches

An advantage of being a coastal city is the huge variety of beautiful city beaches to explore and enjoy. Just minutes from the Port of Auckland are a string of beaches where you can swim, sunbath, walk and cycle along. Mission Bay is a popular spot with cafes and restaurants lining the road. The North Shore also offers great city beach options, including Davenport (a short ferry trip away) and Takapuna. These East Coast beaches are sheltered and great for swimming, but if you are after some surf, the wild West Coast is where you want to go. Wild and rugged, beautiful black-sand beaches spread across the West Coast. These beaches are not so good for swimming, but are a popular spot for surfing and walking.

Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungee

Auckland Bridge Bungee is a great way to experience the Waitemata (Auckland) harbour, especially if you opt for the water-touch! This bungee experience offers an exclusive bridge walk out to the Bungee pod with great views of Auckland and all Bungee options: ankle tie, harness jump or tandem.

For those not quite ready to take a plunge with the Bungee, the Auckland Bridge climb would be a great option.  The only bridge climb in Auckland is a fantastic sightseeing tour that gives you panoramic views across Auckland.   The bridge climb lasts for 1 ½ hours, walking across gently curving arches and is suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Auckland CBD

The Auckland Central Business District (CBD) is located in downtown Auckland on the waterfront.  Here you will find big business offices, currency exchange, shopping and a variety of dining and entertainment, from the theatre to street performers.  Enjoy a drink on the Viaduct watching the super yachts come in after a day on the harbour, or cosy up in a bar in the Britomart area to watch a rugby game. 

Devonport

Only a short 10 minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland, Devonport is a must-see destination.  It is a quaint town with historic homes and an excellent array of eateries with great coffee and fantastic views of central Auckland.  Devonport also boasts an impressive military history - check out the tunnels under North Head.  For a fantastic view of the Auckland skyline you cannot miss a trip up Mt Victoria.  The view out over the harbour is also pretty spectacular, especially when the city night lights shine. 

Kelly Tarltons

Discover life underwater with a trip to Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium.  Explore various exhibitions teaching you about the unique animals that inhabit the ocean and check out the world's largest Antartic Penguin Colony exhibit. 

Auckland Museum and Domain

The Auckland Museum is situated in the Auckland Domain, within one of New Zealand’s “most outstanding” historical buildings.  Housing exhibitions of the New Zealand people, the flora and fauna and the landforms of this unique country; it also shares stories of the Pacific and the brave New Zealanders who have sacrificed their lives for their Country. 

The Domain boasts a number of beautiful gardens including a Winter Garden, and a Garden for the Blind.  As well as beautifully constructed gardens, the Domain also hosts cricket, rugby, league and soccer matches.  The Domain is home to many events including the annual “Christmas in the park” and “Symphony under the stars”.  As well as big events, there will often be small, free musical performances at the band rotunda.   

Maori Culture

"Kia Ora" is the Maori greeting for hello and you will hear it spoken by people of all descent throughout New Zealand.  Discover Maori culture at various locations around Auckland and visit the many sites where Maori Pa (villages) once stood.

Mission Bay

A short scenic drive from Auckland CBD and you arrive at beautiful Mission Bay.  The golden sand beach is complemented with green park spaces and pohutukawa trees, along with a walking/cycle track that runs all the way around Auckland's waterfront.  Cafes and restaurants line the road and provide the perfect place for an ice cream, coffee or even a night out with beautiful views to Rangitoto Island.

Auckland Nightlife

Auckland city has something to suit every taste.  Restaurants from all corners of the world are a great way to start a night before heading out to various pubs, bars and clubs.  The chic Viaduct Harbour offers award winning restaurants and bars and a vibrant atmosphere, or you could relax in the new Wynyard Quarter on the waterfront.  The Britomart precinct offers live music and DJs almost every night.  These venues are all very close in the CBD, but the outer suburbs such as Ponsonby, Newmarket, Kingsland, Mt Eden and the North Shore also offer fantastic nightlife opportunities. 

Rangitoto Island

This iconic Auckland volcanic island is a great day trip out of the city.  Various climbs to the summit offer fantastic views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf Islands.   The symmetrical shield volcano is a pest-free Island was recently re-populated with the endangered New Zealand bird the Saddleback.

Rugby

Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, and the All Blacks (New Zealand’s national team) are very popular worldwide.  For an authentic New Zealand experience you cannot miss a rugby match.  Watch the Blues (Auckland’s rugby team) or the All Blacks take on a challenger at Eden Park stadium, and soak up the atmosphere of this exciting experience.

Auckland Sky City / Sky Tower

Experience Auckland from a unique perspective, 328 meters above the ground.  The Auckland Skytower offers breath-taking views over Auckland.  Glass floors provide excitement and if you want a bigger thrill, you can walk around the outside platform, 192 meters up.  If this hasn’t got your adrenalin pumping you can even base-jump by wire from the same platform, leaping from the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Spookers

If you like to be scared, Spookers Haunted Attraction is the right place to go.  Spookers is a live entertainment experience where you (the victim) move through haunted houses and outdoors settings where visual and tactile props and sound effects are designed to “scare the yell out of you”. Friday and Saturday nights are strictly R16, but family events are planned for weekend days and school holidays.

Tiritiri Matangi

Tiritiri Matangi is an island wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf. It provides a fantastic opportunity to see some of New Zealand (and the world’s) most endangered birds and reptiles.   Walking around this beautiful Island you could have the chance to see the flightless Takahe or one of the ancient species the Tuatara.  Beautiful Island scenery and pristine beaches add other reasons to visit this special Island.

Waiheke Island

Located in the heart of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island offers something for every visitor.   You can visit various vineyards and wineries, sampling world class wines or rent a scooter and visit some of the many beautiful beaches around the island.  Water sports such as paddle boarding are available as are fishing trips and snorkeling.  Walking tracks take you all over the island and art lovers will enjoy the sculpture tracks that showcase New Zealand artists.  For those looking for a thrill, Ecozip Adventures offer flying fox ziplines across beautiful native bush and information on the conservation of New Zealand’s unique natural environment.

Walking Tracks

A multitude of walking tracks cover Auckland’s suburbs and parks.  A popular walk is the 16 km Coast to Coast walkway.  This walk begins in the Viaduct harbour takes you through Albert park, Auckland Domain, Mt Eden and One Tree Hill before finishing up in Onehunga.  Other walking paths meander along beautiful coastlines or up and around Mt Eden, the tallest natural point in Auckland City.

Warkworth Horse Riding

Trek over farmland and through forest areas on an exciting horse trek.  Horse Riding Warkworth cater to all ages and abilities, and even provide regular lessons for those who are very enthusiastic.

Auckland Zoo

Located just minutes from central Auckland, Auckland Zoo offers 17 hectares of native and exotic animals; the biggest collection in New Zealand.  Auckland Zoo also offers behind the scene tours, animal encounters and special events.

 

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