Our top 10 Auckland attractions
1. Waiheke Island:
Home to award-winning boutique wineries, this laid-back island, just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, is also known for its quaint coastal villages, galleries, walking trails and aquatic adventures.
2. Sky Tower:
At 328m high, this steel and concrete tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere and its three circular observation levels offer panoramic views of the city and surrounds up to 82km away on a clear day. If the views aren’t enough, thrill seekers can base jump from the tower or take a stroll at 192m with Skywalk 360.
3. Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki:
Located next to Albert Park, this light-filled gallery, which was named World Building of the year in 2013, houses more than 15,000 artworks and provides visitors with a deep sense of New Zealand’s rich history and culture.
4. Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium:
This aquatic wonderland has over 30 marine life displays including the world's largest penguin colony exhibit, plus a range of interactive experiences, ride a snowmobile, go on an Antarctic Ice Adventure or even dive with sharks.
The city's oldest suburb is laced with heritage houses, quaint shops and must-see attractions including the impressive Auckland War Memorial Museum. It is also a gastronomic highlight with award winning restaurants, cute cafes and food markets.
6. Auckland Zoo:
This modern and spacious zoo is home to the largest collection of international and native fauna in New Zealand, and prides itself on offering close encounters with wildlife plus insights into the secret lives of its feathered, furry and scaly residents.
7. Hauraki Gulf:
Auckland’s aquatic playground is dotted with picturesque islands and home to whales, dolphins, penguins and seabirds. Grab a kayak and paddle to secluded sandy shores or feel the sea breeze whip past on a high-speed jet boat.
8. Waitakere Ranges:
Auckland's "wild west" has some of the most spectacular natural assets on the North Island. Explore lush rainforests, go tramping along the wind-whipped coastline or simply have a picnic in the shadows of 1,000 year old kauri trees.
9. Rangitoto Island:
Considered the city’s natural icon, the island was formed by volcanic eruptions more than 600 years ago. A hike to the summit of the extinct crater rewards with 360-degree views of Hauraki Gulf, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour.
10. Viaduct Harbour:
Auckland’s vibrant waterfront is buzzing with activity both day and night. Boasting some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, it is also home to sleek super yachts, the fascinating Voyager Maritime Museum and is the starting point for many harbour activities.