Top attractions in Auckland
Top 7 things to do in Auckland
Get cozy with all the kiwi charm of Auckland’s culture, seafood, history and natural beauty. Only visiting for a few days? Be sure to hit these must-sees while in town.
1. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Opened in 1985, the aquarium was built from underground sewage tanks along the waterfront. Drifting through the clear acrylic tunnels, guests experience wildlife from all angles.
2. Waitemata Harbour
View the city from its main harbor in a sailboat, catamaran, ferry, launch or yacht. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a boat show.
3. Rangitoto Island
How many volcanoes are in Auckland? Of the 48, Rangitoto is the youngest and largest. Find yourself in the majestic tropics after a short 30-minute ferry from the city.
4. Auckland War Museum
This New Zealand icon houses a vast collection of natural, indigenous and military history from the region. You can even catch a daily Maori cultural performance here.
5. Auckland Art Gallery
Home of the largest collection of contemporary and traditional art in the country, a visit to the gallery is a treat for obvious reasons—the free entry is an added bonus.
6. Auckland Zoo
Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.
7. Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. An icon of the Auckland skyline, a trip to the top offers an unforgettable view.
Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in Auckland?
It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.
How to pack?
Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.
Good to know
- English and Maori
- NZD ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+12:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- April and October fall just outside peak tourist season, so prices will be lower, but you'll still get lots of sunshine and warm weather!
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What people are saying about Auckland
The tour was perfectly paced with a delicious lunch at the first vineyard and a visit to the Gannett colony before the final vineyard. Tastings covered a wide variety if wines and hosts were knowledgeable and friendly. The wines got better with each vineyard we visited and the final stop also had an idyllic location. The gannet colony was a very easy walk and the gannets were nesting within a metre of the viewing platform. It was very special to see chicks being fed so close.
Absolutely awesome adventure. Thought the experience was fantastic. Everything went perfectly in terms of logistics. We met a delightful couple and formed a solid friendship and we were hosted by Jess and Michael who really made the day perfect. Heather and I would thoroughly recommend this tour to any couple who like wine and banter and beautiful country side
Worried that there would be too many people walking in the same place as us and the birds would not be comfortable to hang about. Once we were on our walk we barely saw anyone else, and we saw lots of birds, and hopefully we have some great photos. Even saw a Takahe ahead on the track, although it disappeared down a bank before we came adjacent to it.
The tour guides meet the ferries and walk people to the buses. The commentary is excellent and the scenery fantastic. The only downside for me as a non alcohol drinker is most of the stops were wineries. This is probably because of the amount of wineries on the island. I was wondering if a bit more historic reference could be put in as well.
The tour guide and the driver are both accommodating. It was a good value for money. Perfect for summer tour with family. It's a chill activity. Just bring lots of water especially on summertime.