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  • Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

    1. Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

    Take a trip to the Maritime Museum and spend a few hours learning about one of the most maritime nations in the world. Go deep inside the stories and narratives of those affected by the sea through galleries, displays, special exhibitions, and more.  Discover the relationship between the sea and other factors such as immigration, trade, design, innovation, and leisure.  The Museum houses one of the nation’s most important heritage collections which covers the breadth of our relationship with the sea; from the Great Pacific Migration a thousand years ago to the cutting edge of modern technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting. Suitable for all the family, there is something for everyone at the museum thanks to the poignancy of the personal connections and stories told here. 

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Entry Ticket

    2. Auckland War Memorial Museum Entry Ticket

    Regarded as one of the finest museums in the southern hemisphere, discover this museum's renowned and unique collection of Maori and Pacific treasures. House on one of the nation's best heritage buildings, the museum's 3 floors tell the story of New Zealand. From the great Polynesian voyages that brought people to Aotearoa to the diverse cultures and communities of Auckland, Auckland Museum portrays the rich diversity of New Zealand in an informative and spectacular way. From the museum, admire stunning views across the city, Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki Gulf and its islands.

    I almost enjoyed the walk through the winter Gardens more, to be honest. The museum was well laid out and the kid's area in the Science museum is just breathtaking!

  • Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

    3. Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

    Your half-day tour through Auckland’s indigenous culture begins with morning pickup from Auckland CBD. The first stop on your tour of New Zealand’s most bustling city is Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, more commonly known as Bastion Point, the site of significant Maori protests against intrusion onto their land by European settlers.  Afterwards, head off towards the volcanic vistas of One Tree Hill, which has significance as a Maori memorial site, and to the Wintergardens, a complex of heated gardens which date back over 100 years. Your sightseeing caps off with a visit to the Mt. Eden Volcano, the city’s most significant volcanic cone, where you’ll get unmatched views of the city and harbor. All the while, your guide will help you to understand Maori history, even teaching you some Maori sayings along the way. The last stop of your tour is at the Auckland Museum, where you’ll see a fa...

  • Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    4. Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    Auckland’s sparkling harbor is considered the jewel in the crown, but the city’s beating heart lies in its back streets, local cafés and hidden parks that most visitors miss. Uncover tucked-away gems such as the city’s theater precinct and vintage shopping venues. There is sure to be something for everyone on this 2.5 hour guided walk. Your small-group tour starts downtown with the historic bustle of Queen Street. After a brief Maori greeting, you guide will lead you off the beaten track. Traversing hidden lanes you’ll pass heritage buildings, sculptures and temples of high fashion to emerge at an early Maori fortress and volcanic park brimming with military secrets. Learn about Auckland’s early Maori history and its European colonization, then pause to admire the city’s world-renowned Art Gallery. A short ride on a local bus uptown will take you to a unique neighborhood that stands i...

  • Waiheke Island: 5-Hour Guided Art Exploration Walk

    5. Waiheke Island: 5-Hour Guided Art Exploration Walk

    Join a guided art walking tour on the beautiful Waiheke Island. The island is home to a wonderful range of artists as the island supports a lively creative community. Take a ferry from Downtown Auckland to Matiatia Ferry Wharf on Waiheke Island. Your guide will be meeting you at the pier, or if you are already on Waiheke Islands, meet your guide at the Community Art Gallery.   The community is committed to conserving the unique environment of the island by minimizing its carbon footprint. Be inspired by the surrounding creativity and beauty of nature on Waiheke island as you visit art galleries in Oneroa, including an artist collective, the Community Art Gallery, and an artist goldsmith. Make a stop at a local sculpture park and learn about this intriguing array of outdoor art. Meet glass artists and painters in their studios and even an artisan shoemaker. In the afternoon, savor lunch...

  • Waiheke Island: Private Art Walk with Lunch

    6. Waiheke Island: Private Art Walk with Lunch

    Meet your private guide on Waiheke at either at the Ferry Terminal or the Community Art Gallery to start your tour. Customize your itinerary to best suit your interests and requirements.  Enjoy both the art and scenery around you at a leisurely pace, suitable for a variety of fitness levels. Explore the Atawhai-Whenua Forest and Bird Reserve, visit art galleries in Oneroa including an artist's collective, the Community Art Gallery, and a goldsmith artist. As well as visiting sculptors and painters in their studios, get to meet an artisan shoemaker. Walk through the local sculpture park where you will learn about an intriguing array of outdoor art. Along the way, break for lunch at the spectacular home and studio of painter Gabriella Lewenz.

  • Auckland: Hīkoi To Britomart Māori Art Walking Tour

    7. Auckland: Hīkoi To Britomart Māori Art Walking Tour

    Join a passionate kaiārahi (tour guide) to explore significant Māori public artworks in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau. Discover a number of artworks, along with 4 new commissions at Britomart, installed as a satellite to the exhibition, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. Grab your walking shoes and meet your kaiārahi at the Gallery's information desk and view multiple art installations over the one-kilometre hīkoi to Takutai Square. Explore in the center of Britomart’s bar and restaurant precinct from a new perspective and benefit from the headsets that are provided for ease of hearing.

    I have lived in Auckland mt entire life and I learnt more in the 45 minutes then in a long time. The guide was both humorous and informative and made us feel at ease. This was also a great price point which meant I could take 4 others with me. I would recommend this to anyone

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Cool museum (more than just wartime exhibits)

We thoroughly enjoyed the museum, but don't let it's name fool you - the museum does have an exhibit that showcases New Zealand's participation in WWII, but it also features a large natural history section and an early peoples exhibit. I particularly enjoyed the natural history exhibit as the knowledge I gained helped me during the rest of our 12-day trip. I was even able to answer some of our guide's questions during our excursion down into the Waitomo glowworm caves :)

I have lived in Auckland mt entire life and I learnt more in the 45 minutes then in a long time. The guide was both humorous and informative and made us feel at ease. This was also a great price point which meant I could take 4 others with me. I would recommend this to anyone

I almost enjoyed the walk through the winter Gardens more, to be honest. The museum was well laid out and the kid's area in the Science museum is just breathtaking!