New Zealand’s most populous city houses some of the country’s top museums and cultural institutions, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Start looking for Auckland accommodation as we build up your wanderlust with some incredible things you can only do in Auckland.
Kayak to a volcanic island
Hire a kayak and go out to Rangitoto Island which is a dormant volcano not very far from downtown Auckland. You can also take the ferry if you wish Witness the old lava flows for some spectacular views across the harbour.
Five hours to walk across the country
The Coast walkway crosses New Zealand’s narrowest neck of land. Begin in Viaduct Harbour on the east coast of Auckland and move west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes to finish the 16km trail later at Manukau Harbour.
Swim in the east, surf in the west
With two coastlines so close to each other, take a dip at one of Auckland’s east coast beaches, then grab a surfboard and head to the west coast’s black-sand beaches for the afternoon.
Day trip to an island of wine
Take a 35-minute ferry ride to arrive in Waiheke Island, Auckland’s famous island of wine. This is a haven of beautiful island beaches and about 30 wineries. Take a wine tasting tour or have lunch at one of the vineyards, with beautiful views to match.
The world’s largest penguin colony exhibit
Watch some penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, as well as the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, the biggest species of stingray in the world, and an underwater aquarium of colourful fish. Watch sharks at their feeding time – or book your own dive with the sharks.
The world’s biggest collection of Māori taonga
Discover more than 1000 taonga (treasures) at the Auckland Museum – the largest collection in the world. From small precious artefacts to an original full-size marae (meeting house) and waka (canoe), this is the most fascinating glimpse into early Māori culture.
Rediscover a lost island
Rotoroa Island was re-opened for a public visit in 2005 after nearly 100 years. It was once a private rehabilitation centre. Wander through the new exhibition centre and museum, visit the historic jailhouse and the chapel, and walk along elegant white-sand beaches and bush trails. Start looking for your West Auckland accommodation today.
Visit the Dark Sky Sanctuary
Not only is Great Barrier Island a place of unappalled beauty, but it’s also the first island in the world to be designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – joining only two other locations. The island has minimal outdoor lighting, it’s a dream destination for any star-gazer to take in the stunning vistas of night skies.