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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 attractions in Auckland for Fall

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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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Auckland Domain

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
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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

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Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island has great beaches, some of New Zealand’s best boutique wineries, a number of art galleries, scenic walking trails, and acres of olive groves, making it the ideal getaway. The island’s calm waters—perfect for watersports like snorkeling, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding—and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere in Oneroa Village draw a steady stream of visitors year-round.More
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Auckland Sky Tower

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
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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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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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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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Parnell

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
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Queen Street

Queen Street

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All roads in Auckland lead to Queen Street, the bustling heart of the city. Running from the Downtown Ferry Terminal all the way up to artsy Karangahape Road, Auckland city’s shopping and cultural center is stacked with restaurants, bars, hotels, theaters, and stores catering to all kinds of tastes and budgets.More
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North Head Historic Reserve (Maungauika)

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
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Viaduct Harbour

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
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Piha Beach

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
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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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Devonport

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

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How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

Top activities in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
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Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
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America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland
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Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket
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Bay of Islands Heritage Experience
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options -
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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience
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Auckland Private Shore Excursion: City Highlights & Cultural Performance
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
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Small-Group Kumeu Wine Country Tour Includes Wine Tastings & Lunch
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Coromandel, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach Full Day Tour From Auckland
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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 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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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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Relaxation
Sandpick7, Jul 2019
Northern Explorer Train Journey from Auckland to Wellington
As the weather was poor there was nothing to see except fog for 5 hours then rain.
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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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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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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 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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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.
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Exceptional tour - Guide was well...
Jeff V, Jan 2018
Auckland City and West Coast Full Day Tour
Scenic beaches and jungle/waterfalls most intriguing city tour was well done within good time element, to include a very nice and measured lunch in an Auckland coastal suburb.

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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