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Welcome to Auckland

Fringed by rolling farmland, dense rain forests, peaceful bays, surf beaches, and volcanic peaks, Auckland is a natural beauty. Must-see attractions such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Auckland Museum bring the City of Sails’ culture and history to the fore, while creative menus in hip areas like Ponsonby and Karangahape Road (""K Road"" to the locals) lure diners with seasonal produce and craft cocktails. Waiheke Island, popular for its wine and only a quick ferry ride from Auckland CBD, is one of the top things to do—for Aucklanders, visiting kiwis, and international travelers alike.

Top 10 attractions in Auckland

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Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a landmark site on the city’s skyline. The 8-lane engineering marvel connects downtown Auckland with North Shore suburbs. Visitors can experience the bridge and the stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour from several vantage points: while driving over it, climbing it, or jumping off it.More
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Auckland Domain

Auckland Domain

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Enjoy the peace and tranquility of forests, gullies, and green spaces in Auckland Domain, a 185-acre (75-hectare) escape from the frantic Queen Street crowds. Get lost on a nature walk, admire the tropical plants at the Wintergarden, and marvel at the history on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.More
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Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum

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The Auckland War Memorial Museum, one of New Zealand’s finest, displays thousands of items—including Maori and Pacific Island collections—reflecting the country’s history, culture, and nature. A dedicated children’s area allows kids to touch animals, fossils, and bugs. Visiting Auckland Museum is a must when spending time in New Zealand’s largest city.More
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Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower

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A dizzying 1,076 feet (328 meters) high, the Auckland Sky Tower is not only New Zealand’s highest building but also the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower offers unbeatable views of Auckland’s skyline, with its distinctive spire visible from all corners of the city.More
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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

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Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island has great beaches, some of New Zealand’s best boutique wineries, a number of art galleries, scenic walking trails, and acres of olive groves, making it the ideal getaway. The island’s calm waters—perfect for watersports like snorkeling, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding—and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere in Oneroa Village draw a steady stream of visitors year-round.More
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One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

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A significant Maori settlement in 18th-century New Zealand and named for a long-dead pohutukawa tree that stood alone at the top of the hill, One Tree Hill is a massive public park that sits on the edge of central Auckland. From the summit, take in gorgeous panoramic views of Auckland and stroll around its green volcanic grounds.More
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Parnell

Parnell

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Parnell, Auckland’s oldest suburb, is full of high-quality restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutique shops, especially jewelers. There are also many noncommercial sites to explore, such as parks, churches, and other buildings. A visit to Parnell is essential for understanding Auckland’s unique, stylish character.More
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Devonport

Devonport

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Located on Auckland’s North Shore, Devonport is a hub for commuters who work in the Central Business District (CBD). But, there’s more to the area than the ferry terminal: its restaurants, shops, heritage buildings, hiking trails, and beach make it a worthwhile destination in its own right.More
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Kumeu Wine Country

Kumeu Wine Country

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New Zealand is known for its crisp whites and bold reds and there is no better way to sample its flavors than by taking a trip through Kumeu Wine Country. The scenic vineyards of this world-class wine destination are home to quiet cafes, small breweries, five-star restaurants, and, of course, some of the best wine-makers in the country.More
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North Head Historic Reserve (Maungauika)

North Head Historic Reserve (Maungauika)

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To the early Maori, the strategic viewpoint of North Head was known as Maungauika. Looking out over Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, the summit of this ancient volcanic cone was perfect for fending off enemies. Today, tunnels, guns, and cannons—built in the 1800s to deter attacks under British colonial rule—remain.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

Top activities in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
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America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options -
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
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Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Fully Guided Day Tour from Auckland
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Auckland City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Bay of Islands incl Hole in The Rock Cruise and Waitangi Treaty Grounds Tour
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Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
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Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Fun
Therese_B, May 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
A great way to see a part of Auckland
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The perfect date night
Bronwyn_S, Apr 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
It was lovely to see the lights and enjoy the sights of Auckland and the food was great.
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Auckland tour
John_W, Mar 2020
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
Excellent way to see the highlights of Auckland.
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Great Views
MRSJOANNEL_C, Jan 2020
Auckland Halfday City Tour
Our driver was very informative and let us decide whether we wanted to visit certain places or not.
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Great way to start your stay in Auckland.
HelenGoldman_H, Jan 2020
Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour
Able to see some interesting sites and get a good feel for the city.
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A great morning out!
Rebecca_L, Jan 2020
Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
We were able to see so much of Auckland in a short time.
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The Best tour (by car or van) around Auckand
Bruce_E, Dec 2019
Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour
He was also very agreeable to stopping for photos and walking when we wanted to see the sights.
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EXCELLENT AUCKLAND DISCOVERY
Elaine_B, Dec 2019
Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
An excellent way to visit Auckland with Michael Silvey
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Great Way to see Auckland
Jeremy_S, Dec 2019
Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS
This was a great way to see Auckland.
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Wow, a must do!
Jackie V, Nov 2019
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
We would highly recommend this tour as a great way to see Auckland.
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Relaxation
Sandpick7, Jul 2019
Northern Explorer Train Journey from Auckland to Wellington
As the weather was poor there was nothing to see except fog for 5 hours then rain.
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Lord of the Rings Fan Heaven
Hannah_H, Jun 2019
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland
Definitely recommend adding this to your list of things to do when you visit Auckland.
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Amazing time!
Compass04082559685, Jun 2019
Auckland Maori Tour
We got to see many places most of which we would not have known about.
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Well organized
_debiaras, Jan 2019
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
Our guide was very accommodating and even took us to see a couple of the Housewives of New Zealand's homes on our way back to the cruise ship.
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The tour is a little long but very...
Susan_S, Sep 2017
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
We seen the Geysers and the Waitomo caves so worth it to see the|glow worms!
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The Waitakere Ranges is a must to...
RosaMaria_B, Mar 2018
Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour
The Waitakere Ranges is a must to see in Auckland, with a stop at the Aritaki Information Center with amazing views over Auckland and the Tasman sea, we were able to get to know the rainforest thanks to our guide who provided us with a lot of information about trees, flora and fauna walking to the Kitekite falls.
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Eddie was awesome! He took us...
Allison_F, Oct 2017
The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights
Book this tour now if you want a fun way to see city.
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Fantastic tour, got to see the city...
dyanabu, Oct 2017
Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower
Fantastic tour, got to see the city, the harbor cruise was enjoyable with wonderful commentary and the Sky Tower was great!
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Great way to see the highlights of...
Peter_S, Feb 2018
Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower
Great way to see the highlights of Auckland by coach plus a great informative harbor cruise.
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Fran and a Rick were amazing guides...
James J, Sep 2017
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
If you are in Auckland, you will want to see a lot of the country side.
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All about Auckland

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A local’s pocket guide to Auckland

Emma Knock

Emma is an Auckland-based writer. You’ll find her working her way through the Metro Top 50 eateries, road-tripping around the North Island, or at Piha with her wife and dog.

The first thing you should do in Auckland is...

get your bearings with a stroll around Britomart, the waterfront, and Wynyard Quarter.

A perfect Saturday in Auckland...

starts with a walk up Maungawhau / Mt. Eden (followed by cheesecake from Frasers and bookshopping at Time Out), involves a trip to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and ends with dinner and drinks on K’ Road.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

wine tasting on Waiheke—plan to hit Mudrick and Cable Bay, and book for lunch at Casita Miro (pro tip: order the croquettes).

To discover the "real" Auckland...

go to K’ Road, the city’s former red-light district and Ponsonby’s grittier cousin, where you’ll find vintage stores, art galleries, ridiculously good restaurants, LGBTQ bars, live music, and every kind of Aucklander.

For the best view of the city...

most people would say to head up Mt. Victoria in Devonport, but try the Westhaven Marina boardwalk for a different perspective.

One thing people get wrong...

is spending only one night in Auckland before flying to the South Island. You could easily fill a week—or at least a weekend—seeing the sights and checking out the city’s food scene.

People Also Ask

What is Auckland famous for?

Auckland is famous as the largest city in New Zealand, even though it’s not the capital. The Sky Tower is a prominent feature on the skyline and a popular tourist attraction. Other famous sights include One Tree Hill, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain, Rangitoto Island, and Waiheke Island.

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Is there anything to do in Auckland?

Yes. There’s a lot to do in Auckland. Enjoy views from Sky Tower or bungee jump from it; hike volcanic Rangitoto Island; take a Waiheke Island wine tour; sail on the Hauraki Gulf; surf the west coast's black sand beaches or chill out in the sun on white sand ones.

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How do I spend a day in Auckland?

Spend one day in Auckland exploring the CBD area and waterfront. Visit the War Memorial Museum, stroll through the Domain, and stop for lunch in upmarket Parnell. In good weather, chill at Mission Bay Beach and enjoy the views of Rangitoto. Dine and drink at the Viaduct Harbour at night.

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How can I spend 3 days in Auckland?

With three days in Auckland, spend day one in the central city, checking out the museums, art galleries, Sky Tower area, and waterfront. On days two and three get out of the city, heading to the Waitakere Ranges, Piha Beach, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, or the North Shore.

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What can you do in Auckland for free?

Free activities in Auckland include spending time at the public parks and gardens, chilling at the beaches, hiking, and walking around interesting neighborhoods, including the CBD and waterfront. In summer, free concerts and festivals in public spaces provide entertainment for all.

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What do locals do in Auckland?

Auckland locals like to make the most of nature and the great outdoors surrounding the city by swimming at the beaches, sailing, cycling, hiking in regional parks and along coastal tracks, and chilling out in city parks. Weekend markets are a popular place to shop for food.

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