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Things to do in Auckland

Things to do in  Auckland

Welcome to Auckland

Fringed by rolling farmland, dense rain forests, peaceful bays, surf beaches, and volcanic peaks, Auckland is a natural beauty. Must-see attractions such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Auckland Museum bring the City of Sails’ culture and history to the fore, while creative menus in hip areas like Ponsonby and Karangahape Road (""K Road"" to the locals) lure diners with seasonal produce and craft cocktails. Waiheke Island, popular for its wine and only a quick ferry ride from Auckland CBD, is one of the top things to do—for Aucklanders, visiting kiwis, and international travelers alike.

Top 15 attractions in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a landmark site on the city’s skyline. The 8-lane engineering marvel connects downtown Auckland with North Shore suburbs. Visitors can experience the bridge and the stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour from several vantage points: while driving over it, climbing it, or jumping off it.More

Auckland Domain

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Enjoy the peace and tranquility of forests, gullies, and green spaces in Auckland Domain, a 185-acre (75-hectare) escape from the frantic Queen Street crowds. Get lost on a nature walk, admire the tropical plants at the Wintergarden, and marvel at the history on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.More

Piha Beach

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A short drive west of Auckland is Piha Beach, one of the West Coast’s most popular getaways. A small coastal village sandwiched between the Waitakere Ranges and the Tasman Sea, Piha Beach is much loved by surfers and fisherfolk alike, but it’s also a great place for everyone to explore nature, both on the coast and in the hills.More

Auckland War Memorial Museum

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The Auckland War Memorial Museum, one of New Zealand’s finest, displays thousands of items—including Maori and Pacific Island collections—reflecting the country’s history, culture, and nature. A dedicated children’s area allows kids to touch animals, fossils, and bugs. Visiting Auckland Museum is a must when spending time in New Zealand’s largest city.More

Parnell

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Parnell, Auckland’s oldest suburb, is full of high-quality restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutique shops, especially jewelers. There are also many noncommercial sites to explore, such as parks, churches, and other buildings. A visit to Parnell is essential for understanding Auckland’s unique, stylish character.More

One Tree Hill

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A significant Maori settlement in 18th-century New Zealand and named for a long-dead pohutukawa tree that stood alone at the top of the hill, One Tree Hill is a massive public park that sits on the edge of central Auckland. From the summit, take in gorgeous panoramic views of Auckland and stroll around its green volcanic grounds.More

Auckland Sky Tower

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A dizzying 1,076 feet (328 meters) high, the Auckland Sky Tower is not only New Zealand’s highest building but also the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower offers unbeatable views of Auckland’s skyline, with its distinctive spire visible from all corners of the city.More

Kumeu Wine Country

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New Zealand is known for its crisp whites and bold reds and there is no better way to sample its flavors than by taking a trip through Kumeu Wine Country. The scenic vineyards of this world-class wine destination are home to quiet cafes, small breweries, five-star restaurants, and, of course, some of the best wine-makers in the country.More

Waitemata Harbour

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Waitemata Harbour is the real name for what is often just called Auckland Harbour. It means “sparkling waters” in the Maori language, which is a very fitting name. Numerous islands dot the harbor, and a day spent on the water, with city views in the background, is a memorable way to tour Auckland.More

Viaduct Harbour

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Whether you’re embarking on a short day cruise from the marina or enjoying the vibrant nightlife, Viaduct Harbour is an energetic entertainment hub right on the Auckland waterfront. The harbor is best known for its food: there are more than 20 cafés, restaurants, and bars, almost all of them easily found on the harbor’s pedestrian mall.More

Hauraki Gulf Islands

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Located off the coast of Auckland, Hauraki Gulf’s 16 beautiful islands are ideal for outdoor activities like walking, horse riding, swimming, and dolphin- and whale-watching. From the vineyards of Waiheke to the hiking trails of Rangitoto, the birdwatching of Tiritiri Matangi to the secluded hot springs of Great Barrier, each of the islands offers something special.More

North Head Historic Reserve (Maungauika)

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To the early Maori, the strategic viewpoint of North Head was known as Maungauika. Looking out over Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, the summit of this ancient volcanic cone was perfect for fending off enemies. Today, tunnels, guns, and cannons—built in the 1800s to deter attacks under British colonial rule—remain.More

Devonport

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Located on Auckland’s North Shore, Devonport is a hub for commuters who work in the Central Business District (CBD). But, there’s more to the area than the ferry terminal: its restaurants, shops, heritage buildings, hiking trails, and beach make it a worthwhile destination in its own right.More

Waitakere Ranges

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The hustle and bustle of Auckland is mere miles from lush forests and stunning landscapes. The Waitakere Ranges, a short drive northwest of the city center, are home to a regional park full of dense native bush, running rivers, and enchanting waterfalls. Enjoy numerous walking trails and incredible views of Auckland and the Tasman Sea.More

Waitomo Caves

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With dramatic limestone formations, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and subterranean river, New Zealand's Waitomo Caves hold adventure at every turn. This network of underground caverns is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot glowworms, and the glittering creatures provide a magical backdrop to the caves' natural wonders.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
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Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland
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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options -
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Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Great way to see the city...
Jill_B, Nov 2022
The Inside Loop: an electric bike tour of Auckland's Coolest Neighborhoods
Great way to see the city and its neighborhoods.
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Carson made it...
Mary_F, Nov 2022
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
It was a great way to see Auckland.
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Day trip
Rebecca_L, Nov 2022
Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour with Optional Extra Activities from Auckland
The ability to have options of activities was also nice
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A wonderful day
Yasmin_H, Nov 2022
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
We had a great time and got to see most of Auckland.
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Great day
Charmaine_M, Nov 2022
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
Great way to see sights out of Auckland centre, our driver David was really good, he had a fab sense of humour and very good knowledge, great trip and worth the cost.
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A scenic delight
Judith_O, Nov 2022
Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
This trip made me fall in love with Auckland.
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Fun evening in Auckland
Kylie_D, Nov 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
This was a great way to see Auckland harbour.
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Auckland by night under sail.
Anonymous, Oct 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
We would recommend this cruise to anyone who wishes to see Auckland from the bay and enjoy the pleasure of being on a sailing ship.
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A must do
heatherjones30c, Oct 2022
The Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Guided Tour from Auckland
Well worth it to see the movie setting.
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Aucklands Best half Day tour!!!
cthomas_R, Oct 2022
Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
David was funny, friendly and informative, and made you feel like you want to come back to see more of Auckland!!
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Beautiful day of beaches and wine
Amy_H, Oct 2022
Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland
John was a wonderful guide, taking us to the beautiful west coast of Auckland, some waterfalls and three wineries with great wines.
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Great day out with Isreal...
Wayne_M, Oct 2022
Auckland Fullday City Tour
Great day out with Isreal I would highly recommend this day tour to anyone wanting to see the sights in Auckland
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Great half day trip
Catherine_L, Sep 2022
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Nice to get out of downtown Auckland to see new neighborhoods.
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Great way to see Auckland!
AmandaMikle, Sep 2022
The Inside Loop: an electric bike tour of Auckland's Coolest Neighborhoods
This was a great way to see Auckland.
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Highly recommended
MELANIE_B, Aug 2022
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Great way to see Auckland sites.
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Excellent day trip
Kevin_K, Sep 2022
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland
Our tour was fortunate as we had great spring weather and extra glowworm activity (according to our Māori guide).
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Great first day tour to get a feel for Auckland!
Glenn_T, Aug 2022
Auckland City Small-Group Morning Discovery Tour
Wayne was a great source of information on places to dine and things to see in Auckland.
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The highlight of my Auckland visit!
Catherine_R, Jul 2022
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
Riding the E-bike around Auckland's attractions was the best introduction to This city!
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Great value for money
Jameskum, Feb 2020
Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Great way to see Auckland on a one day stopover.
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Great Views
MRSJOANNEL_C, Jan 2020
Auckland Halfday City Tour
Our driver was very informative and let us decide whether we wanted to visit certain places or not.
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A local’s pocket guide to Auckland

Emma Knock

Emma is an Auckland-based writer. You’ll find her working her way through the Metro Top 50 eateries, road-tripping around the North Island, or at Piha with her wife and dog.

The first thing you should do in Auckland is...

get your bearings with a stroll around Britomart, the waterfront, and Wynyard Quarter.

A perfect Saturday in Auckland...

starts with a walk up Maungawhau / Mt. Eden (followed by cheesecake from Frasers and bookshopping at Time Out), involves a trip to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and ends with dinner and drinks on K’ Road.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

wine tasting on Waiheke—plan to hit Mudbrick and Cable Bay, and book for lunch at Casita Miro (pro tip: order the croquettes).

To discover the "real" Auckland...

go to K’ Road, the city’s former red-light district and Ponsonby’s grittier cousin, where you’ll find vintage stores, art galleries, ridiculously good restaurants, LGBTQ bars, live music, and every kind of Aucklander.

For the best view of the city...

most people would say to head up Mt. Victoria in Devonport, but try the Westhaven Marina boardwalk for a different perspective.

One thing people get wrong...

is spending only one night in Auckland before flying to the South Island. You could easily fill a week—or at least a weekend—seeing the sights and checking out the city’s food scene.

People Also Ask

What is Auckland famous for?

Auckland is famous as the largest city in New Zealand, even though it’s not the capital. The Sky Tower is a prominent feature on the skyline and a popular tourist attraction. Other famous sights include One Tree Hill, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain, Rangitoto Island, and Waiheke Island.

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Is there anything to do in Auckland?

Yes. There’s a lot to do in Auckland. Enjoy views from Sky Tower or bungee jump from it; hike volcanic Rangitoto Island; take a Waiheke Island wine tour; sail on the Hauraki Gulf; surf the west coast's black sand beaches or chill out in the sun on white sand ones.

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How do I spend a day in Auckland?

Spend one day in Auckland exploring the CBD area and waterfront. Visit the War Memorial Museum, stroll through the Domain, and stop for lunch in upmarket Parnell. In good weather, chill at Mission Bay Beach and enjoy the views of Rangitoto. Dine and drink at the Viaduct Harbour at night.

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How can I spend 3 days in Auckland?

With three days in Auckland, spend day one in the central city, checking out the museums, art galleries, Sky Tower area, and waterfront. On days two and three get out of the city, heading to the Waitakere Ranges, Piha Beach, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, or the North Shore.

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What can you do in Auckland for free?

Free activities in Auckland include spending time at the public parks and gardens, chilling at the beaches, hiking, and walking around interesting neighborhoods, including the CBD and waterfront. In summer, free concerts and festivals in public spaces provide entertainment for all.

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What do locals do in Auckland?

Auckland locals like to make the most of nature and the great outdoors surrounding the city by swimming at the beaches, sailing, cycling, hiking in regional parks and along coastal tracks, and chilling out in city parks. Weekend markets are a popular place to shop for food.

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