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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Auckland Zoo

Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.

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 Auckland 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

  • Language
    English and Maori
  • Currency
    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

Wonderful experience, awesome team and amazing scenery!

This was our first ziplining experience and we both had an amazing time. The team work like a well oiled machine and are fun but very safe at the same time. Waiheke is a divine location and being able to enjoy the view while doing this activity was a great way to add some thrill to the visit. I would highly recommend you add this to your next visit to Auckland.
Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure Reviewed by Nikki, 09/11/2016

Highly recommend Bay of Island and Hole in the Rock

Very good driver,also the tour guide is excellent ( I wish I recall his name,my fault unable to remember) very helpful & has photographic memory of all places he is talking about. It was a beautiful day,wild life,Orcas,bottle nose dolling,fur seal,and fish plentiful,enjoyed Very much.The date tour April 27th 2016 ( Driver,guideWho I wish to remember)

Very relaxed day with a knowledgable guide.

Visited four wineries. John was a knowledgable wine guide. Also stopped at a chocolate factory, cheese factory, pottery factory and saw some 900 year old trees, all along the way.
From Auckland: Full-Day Scenic East Coast Wine Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/08/2016

an excellent way to see a lot of Auckland in a very short time.

Our tour guide Paul, being a native of the city, had an excellent knowledge of Auckland and its attractions. The route of the tour was fairly comprehensive with enough comfort and refreshment stops. Once we had the basic layout of the city we could then retrace the route and concentrate on single venues as we did with the museum.The interaction that I. as a tourist, have with tour guides and fellow travelers is a very satisfying part of travel. Paul was very easy and responsive to our needs especially my wife who was not particularly well on that day. At the conclusion of the tour we requested that we be dropped off at Kelly Tarltons aquarium, perfect end to a perfect day. Thankyou Paul
Auckland Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience Reviewed by Risto, 04/05/2016

Fabulous day, staff were fun and informative.

Zip lining was a good thrill. Wonderful views of Waiheke. Staff were helpful and friendly.
Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/29/2016

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