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
Jo was the most thoughtful and informative host. We absolutely enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it. All the vineyards we visited were outstanding, especially Mudbrick Vineyard with gardens and views just as beautiful as one we visited in the south of France years ago. The lunch included at the end was also really good.
A fabulous day at this very special spot. Passionate volunteers shared so much more than we would have been aware of so the guided tour was well worth the $10. Huge growth of the native bush and bird life since we were there over 10 years ago.
Very friendly and thoughtful staff/drivers. Felt well looked after as we have got young kids travelling with us, the drivers gave good suggestions as guides. Children loved the trip. We enjoyed it too.
Jess is so informative about the island and it’s wine The scheduled stops were awesome. Jess also went the extra mile and showed us some other points of interests. Would highly recommend
Was a great flight around the island, got to see some lovely area's. would consider a different flight next time with some more time and a expanded area etc...