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
Our guide was so well informed delivering relevant and fascinating facts the whole way to and from our destination. She was also very humorous which made the journey hugely rewarding. This was a 100 percent effort on her behalf to make it interesting and successful for the guests. I could not fault the experience on this day.
We had a morning free before flying home to the UK. We were really taken by how well the Zoo is set out and the lovely animals to see. Don't forget the chips / fries in the café, soooo good!
Loved the singing and playing and the chants and movements were spellbinding. We were given a great welcome and the performers clearly loved what they were doing. Highly recommended.
Really enjoyed this experience, a good walk! Learnt about bridge construction too. Great views across the harbour and the city.
I compared Waitomo with the Te Anau caves and Waitomo did not start to compare. I found that the darkness while walking through and in particular going down the very inadequately lit steps verging on dangerous. Perhaps the longer cave tour would have been better. However, the young guide was very pleasant but I feel that I could not recommend Waitomo.