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  • Address: Auckland Domain
Every city needs a large central park, and Auckland Domain provides 185 acres where you can escape the bustle of the city. Set on the slopes of an extinct volcano and protected since the 1840’s, Auckland Domain is not only the largest, but also the oldest park in Auckland.

Located just east of the city center, Auckland Domain has a network of walking trails which weave their way through the forest. Unlike the pace of nearby downtown, peaceful moments abound in the park such as watching ducks land on the pond or relaxing on a bench in the shade. In the spring, cherry groves pepper the forest with a pink and vibrant hue, and during most times of the year you can find teams playing rugby on any of the large open fields.

For all of the open space, however, the largest draw of Auckland Domain is the building atop the hill. Constructed in 1929, the Auckland War Memorial and Museum is a three-story, neo-classical building with displays on everything from the nation’s war history to exhibits on Maori culture. While the museum itself is free of charge (though donations are often suggested), there is an extra fee to watch a performance such as a traditional Maori haka.

While visitors scour inside of the museum and pore over cultural artifacts, you’ll find people outside of the museum enjoying the expansive lawn. Or, further down the hill, wander the greenhouses of the famous Wintergardens for a sea of flowers and color.

Much of the park’s attraction, however, is simply enjoying the open space, and whether it’s eating a picnic while gazing at the skyline or going out for a jog, Auckland Domain is where city residents come to escape to nature.

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Auckland Helicopter Tour

Experience the excitement of a helicopter flight on an aerial tour from Auckland. See islands dotting the water below you as your pilot guide points out ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Varies.

From USD $121.31

Auckland City Highlights Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

See the best of Auckland on a half-day sightseeing coach tour that showcases the city’s highlights, from heritage -listed buildings to the stunning Viaduct ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.50

Auckland Discovery City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Take in all the highlights of Auckland on a half-day city tour. See the yachts bobbing in the harbor, heritage listed buildings and parkland that offer ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 - 6 hours

From USD $63.50

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

See the sights when your ship is in port in Auckland and learn more about this beautiful ‘City of Sails’. You’ll tour the city center and its many bays on this ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.06

Auckland City Harley Davidson Tour

Explore Auckland by Harley Davidson. Cruise over Auckland's Harbor Bridge with views across the Waitemata Harbour. Experience the unique sights and sounds of ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $240.18

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