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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.

  • Waitemata Harbour

    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.

  • Rangitoto Island

    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.

  • Auckland War Museum

    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.

  • Auckland Art Gallery

    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.

  • Auckland Zoo

    6. Auckland Zoo

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

  • Sky Tower

    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

  • Language
    English and Maori
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
    +64
  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,357 reviews

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.

Beautiful island, wonderful tracks. It is easy to navigate around and sign posts are easy to follow. Recommend taking the guided walk at the start, we didn't and found it might have helped provide more context.

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.

We had a major problem with Fullers. The trip over was delayed from 9 am to 10.30 am. Although they were in touch by email they did not notify us of this delay. The rest of the day was amazing.