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Top attractions in Auckland

Top 7 things to do 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.

  • 1. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

    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.

  • Waitemata Harbour

    2. Waitemata Harbour

    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.

  • Rangitoto Island

    3. Rangitoto Island

    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.

  • Auckland War Museum

    4. Auckland War Museum

    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.

  • Auckland Art Gallery

    5. Auckland Art Gallery

    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.

  • Auckland Zoo

    6. Auckland Zoo

    Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.

  • Sky Tower

    7. Sky Tower

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Auckland?

    It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.

  • How to pack?

    Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.

Good to know

  • Language
    English and Maori
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
    +64
  • Best time to visit
    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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,289 reviews

Awesome experience the hop on bus was very reliable and excellent customer service the guide was very helpful We learned about Waiheke Island during our trip. We feel valued and the places we been was stunning. We will higly recommended it to our families and friends Well done to your team V, Dennis Jason and the Argentinian bubbly lady.

I have lived in Auckland mt entire life and I learnt more in the 45 minutes then in a long time. The guide was both humorous and informative and made us feel at ease. This was also a great price point which meant I could take 4 others with me. I would recommend this to anyone

We thoroughly enjoyed our day biking to some far flung parts of Auckland. The young lady who greeted us was efficient and helpful and the bikes were first class we will be using these guys again in the future and would highly recommend them.

Very good, the service was a bit slow at The Batch and the worst wine tasting. The other wine tastings were excellent. Would of been been nice to have some free time in centre where shops snd cafes were.

Very friendly and thoughtful staff/drivers. Felt well looked after as we have got young kids travelling with us, the drivers gave good suggestions as guides. Children loved the trip. We enjoyed it too.