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
I would thoroughly recommend this to all visitors, even if you are not a wine drinker. It was very informative (excellent guide), the scenery was superb. The lunch, wine and olive oil tastings were very good. Our superb weather rounded off a wonderful day.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see any whales on the day that we went out, they simply weren't making themselves available. However, we did see hundreds of dolphins. Seeing dolphins out in their natural habitat is just incredible, it took a bit of time to find them on the day that we were out, but it was well worth the wait. The captain of the boat could not have worked harder to find them out in the open ocean, the whole trip was very professional from start to finish. I would definitely go out again in the hope of finding whales next time.
Our tour guide Louise was amazing and very knowledgeable, friendly plus her driving skills could rival that of some F1 drivers..not that she was driving fast but how she controlled the VAN! She gave us so much information about New Zealand and at no time during the whole 9 hours were we bored. She gave us so much information and took us so some hidden spots as well. The drive itself is BEAUTIFUL!As a LOTR fan the hobbiton tour was spectacular. The (one free) beers at the end are delicious. Our guide Adam was very good. Only thing is that you cant enter the hobbit holes just take pics outside and look inside but not physically enter. The glow worm caves were awesome too! It’s a treat for your senses We were guided by a great great grandson of the caves founder which made it so authentic .Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can deal with mud and slightly wet areas. If you are looking to book the glow worm cave and hobbiton look no further than these guys.
As a retired tour driver, I was very pleased to have had Rachael providing a very complete narration for the day. She not only covered the sights we saw, she also shed light on the history of the area and the political significance of the people involved in the area's historical past. She was also well versed in the flora and fauna that we encountered throughout the tour. She had a great sense of humor that kept everyone wanting to hear more. Lastly, she displayed genuine concern for our safety while on tour.
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.