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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 10 attractions in Auckland

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Waitomo Caves

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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Sculptureum

Sculptureum

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Opened in 2017 in Matakana, north of Auckland, Sculptureum is a sculpture garden, art gallery, restaurant, and vineyard in one. The many animal sculptures in the gardens delight kids, while six indoor galleries display glass work and abstract art interesting to adults, making Sculptureum a popular day-trip destination for all.More
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Auckland War Memorial Museum

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
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Waitemata Harbour

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
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Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park

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A large, popular green space in the Auckland suburb of Epsom, Cornwall Park is a great option for a day of outdoor fun. The park houses restaurants and cultural attractions, and, as the site of a pre-European Maori settlement, is also archaeologically significant.More
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Auckland Harbour Bridge

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
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Hauraki Gulf Islands

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
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Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

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Just a half-hour ferry ride from Auckland, Rangitoto Island offers active travelers an adventurous escape from the city. This 600-year-old dormant volcano boasts stunning panoramic views of Auckland and a selection of rugged walks both up and around the island, most of them suitable for people of all fitness levels.More
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One Tree Hill

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
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Waitakere Ranges

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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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The perfect date night
Bronwyn_S, Apr 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
It was lovely to see the lights and enjoy the sights of Auckland and the food was great.
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Auckland tour
John_W, Mar 2020
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
Excellent way to see the highlights of Auckland.
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Great experience
richard_i, Feb 2020
Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk
Island is a wonderful place to see native bird life.
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Great way to start your stay in Auckland.
HelenGoldman_H, Jan 2020
Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour
Able to see some interesting sites and get a good feel for the city.
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A great morning out!
Rebecca_L, Jan 2020
Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
We were able to see so much of Auckland in a short time.
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The Best tour (by car or van) around Auckand
Bruce_E, Dec 2019
Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour
He was also very agreeable to stopping for photos and walking when we wanted to see the sights.
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EXCELLENT AUCKLAND DISCOVERY
Elaine_B, Dec 2019
Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
An excellent way to visit Auckland with Michael Silvey
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Great Way to see Auckland
Jeremy_S, Dec 2019
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
This was a great way to see Auckland.
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Wow, a must do!
Jackie V, Nov 2019
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
We would highly recommend this tour as a great way to see Auckland.
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Lord of the Rings Fan Heaven
Hannah_H, Jun 2019
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland
Definitely recommend adding this to your list of things to do when you visit Auckland.
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Amazing time!
Compass04082559685, Jun 2019
Auckland Maori Tour
We got to see many places most of which we would not have known about.
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Well organized
_debiaras, Jan 2019
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
Our guide was very accommodating and even took us to see a couple of the Housewives of New Zealand's homes on our way back to the cruise ship.
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Very nice aquarium and a great way...
Tami W, Mar 2018
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
Very nice aquarium and a great way to see the native sea life in Auckland.
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The Waitakere Ranges is a must to...
RosaMaria_B, Mar 2018
Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour
The Waitakere Ranges is a must to see in Auckland, with a stop at the Aritaki Information Center with amazing views over Auckland and the Tasman sea, we were able to get to know the rainforest thanks to our guide who provided us with a lot of information about trees, flora and fauna walking to the Kitekite falls.
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Highly recommend this tour...
Cynthia_B, Apr 2018
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Visited a couple of waterfalls as a bonus.
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Great way to see the highlights of...
Peter_S, Feb 2018
Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower
Great way to see the highlights of Auckland by coach plus a great informative harbor cruise.
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Fantastic tour, got to see the city...
dyanabu, Oct 2017
Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower
Fantastic tour, got to see the city, the harbor cruise was enjoyable with wonderful commentary and the Sky Tower was great!
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Eddie was awesome! He took us...
Allison_F, Oct 2017
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
Book this tour now if you want a fun way to see city.
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Great compressed one day trip that...
Marylyn F, Oct 2017
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
Great compressed one day trip that covered 3 interesting places nearby Auckland we've wished to visit.
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Fran and a Rick were amazing guides...
James J, Sep 2017
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
If you are in Auckland, you will want to see a lot of the country side.

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 Mudrick 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.

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