Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.
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.
It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.
Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.
- LanguageEnglish and Maori
- CurrencyNZD ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (+12:00)
- Country Code+64
- Best time to visitApril 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
It was a truly wonderful, surreal experience. The guides were all great, very friendly and informative. It was a truly fantastic experience. We were fortunate that we were in a small tour group and if possible I think groups should be capped, else it will become mayhem.
The Zoo was good but smaller than we expected . The rain did not help as animals kept going into hiding . The children enjoyed the challenge of trying to find the animals .
The guide is very nice and passionate. He told us good stories about NZ. He guided us around Waitakere Rangers.
Paul was a great tour guide and even though it was a very wet day in Auckland, he found us stuff to do. His knowledge of the history of New Zealand was excellent and he was easy to listen to and answered all of our questions... I would do this tour again.
Paul has great local knowledge and nothing was too much trouble. He was punctual and went out of his way to accommodate us. The whole tour was well worth the money and we would never have seen as much if we had done the tour on our own. We weren't rushed at any stage, so able to spend enough time to explore if we chose to. there were plenty of opportunities for refreshments and toilet stops.