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.
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- 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
If you love the hobbit or Lord of the Rings this trip is a must! It’s an early day but Nick, our driver, got us there before the crowds and everyone goes on the same length tour through Hobbiton itself which is just gorgeous- over 40 hobbit holes and the Green Dragon is very nice too! The Waitomo caves were incredible- our guide gave us the history of the limestone caverns and her people’s connection to them. Her great great grandfather was the chief of the local Maori people who discovered the caverns and they have been running tours since the late 1800s! The gloworm looked like constellations above us but you can’t take any pictures!
I was a bit nervous going on a trip like this because I would be going alone, but as soon as I arrived I knew I made a great choice! Raphael was a brilliant driver, so friendly and kept us entertained from Auckland to Hobbiton with some really interesting commentary about New Zealand. Danny (Danilo) was also an amazing guide round Hobbiton itself, a true credit to the organisation! The whole trip was so smooth - the only downside is it didn’t last longer! I could have easily stayed there for a week it was so fun! Thank you so so much for organising this!
My tour guide up to Hobbiton was Chris (from the Auckland and Beyond Tours). Fabulous person! Lucky to have him on that day. The tour guide at the Hobbiton, though, seemed to be in a hurry (that's something I didn't expect). In my opinion, he didn't give us enough time to roam around and enjoy our beer (in fact, he seemed upset because we took a bit longer to take the bus). The rest was perfect. A must see scenic beauty (whether you are a fan of the movies or not). Would definitely like to visit it again.
I highly recommend this tour! We didn’t have to drive all the back roads and through traffic. The van was comfortable. We had breaks to stretch and use the facilities. Nick, our guide, was phenomenal: friendly, knowledgeable, and a great driver. Lunch was included and tasty. And the tours were fantastic: even better than I expected! Thank you so much fir a wonderful day! You even provided beautiful weather.
I went on the Waitomo Glowworm Day Tour from Auckland. It was a nice drive through the countryside on the way to the caves. The cave experience is maybe 30 minutes tops, and the glowworms are not near as striking as the photos. It's a long way to go for a short period, but it was worth it for the unique experience.