Albert Park is one of Auckland’s most important parks. Its central location in the heart of the CBD, together with its long history and distinctive character, have earned it a special place in the hearts of Aucklanders and made it an important destination for visitors.
Aotea Square in the heart of Auckland is a popular location for festivals, parades, live music and performing arts. View parking and coming events online. Aotea Square in the heart of Auckland is a popular location for festivals, parades, live music and performing arts.
There is always something new to see and do at the Gardens! Keep an eye on our calendar for all events, including displays, gardening workshops, holiday programmes and family events. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up to date with what's on.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane box truss motorway bridge over the Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand. It joins St Marys Bay on the Auckland city side with Northcote on the North Shore side. It is part of State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. The bridge is operated by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).
The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira (or simply the Auckland Museum) is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history (and especially the history of the Auckland Region), natural history, as well as military history.
Auckland Zoo has two large car parks providing free off-street parking for cars, charter buses and tour coaches. Accessible car parking is available in the car park closest to the main entrance to the Zoo, for vehicles displaying a current mobility parking permit.
At Butterfly Creek see the butterfly house, Dinosaur Kingdom, NZ’s only salt water crocodiles, farm animals, alligators, bugs, monkeys and a bird aviary. At Butterfly Creek see the butterfly house, Dinosaur Kingdom, NZ’s only salt water crocodiles, farm animals, alligators, bugs, monkeys and a bird aviary.
Welcome to Eden Garden . Auckland's Award Winning Garden. Discover this wonderfully peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland. Wander through our 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden. Take a day or an hour to explore our many plant collections including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. There's always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views.
Heritage New Zealand. The Auckland Ferry Terminal, sometimes called the Downtown Ferry Terminal or simply Ferry Building, is the hub of the Auckland ferry network that connects Auckland City with suburbs in North Shore, west Auckland, and south Auckland, and islands in the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.
The Kitekite Falls is the Maori name, but the falls were named by the original Pakeha settlers of Piha, Glen Esk Falls, after one of the Angus Glens near their Scottish homeland. The Cowan and Ness families first settled above the falls in the 1860s, and you can reach the top of the falls by taking a turn-off on the Kitekite Track. There is a good swimming pool at the top and you can see the notches in the rock which were where the Glen Esk Dam stood after 1910.
The lake is the venue for Dragon Boat, Canoe sprints, Canoe marathon, and Waka Ama sprint racing within the Canoe Competition at the World Masters Games 2017 held in Auckland. Lake Pupuke is suitable for swimming but murky and contains thick vegetation, and there have been drownings.
Motuihe Island From downtown Auckland you can take a day trip to Motuihe Island, where there's a choice of excellent beaches and several interesting walks. Motuihe Island, just 16 kilometres from Auckland's city centre, has some of the best beaches of the inner Hauraki Gulf islands.
Takarunga / Mount Victoria is the highest volcano on Auckland's North Shore, rising to 87 m. Its age is currently unknown. Its lava flows now line much of Devonport's waterfront. An important pa once occupied its slopes, and some of the pa's earthworks can still be seen.
MOTAT, Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology, is New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum. Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand.
North Head provided the settlement of Auckland with its first pilot station for the guiding of ships into the harbour. In 1878, the area was then set aside as a public reserve - with the stipulation that if necessary, it could be re-appropriated for the New Zealand Army to use for defence purposes.
Parnell. Auckland’s oldest suburb is now one of its most stylish. Pick up unique designer clothing, exquisite handmade jewellery and quality homewares in Parnell village’s upmarket stores and boutiques. Wander through the small art galleries to browse or buy local artworks.
A laid-back seaside village 45 minutes west of Auckland city, Piha is popular with local kiwis - especially in summertime. The dramatic beach, which is marked at each end by rugged cliffs, is a popular surfing location. The water has strong and often dangerous currents. However, in summer, surf lifesavers patrol an area clearly flagged for swimmers.
Rakino Island is one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf, an arm of the Pacific Ocean to the northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. Rakino is a small island north-east of Motutapu Island. The island is 2.4 km (1.5 mi) long and about 1.2 km (0.75 mi) wide and has an area of 1.5 km 2 (1 sq mi).
Rangitoto is Auckland’s most iconic island, with its distinctive symmetrical cone and superb location just off the coast. Only a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island is a favourite destination for hikers and day-trippers.
At the base of the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex is home to two world-class hotels, Auckland's premier dining precinct with over 20 bars and restaurants, a 700 seat theatre and a world-class Casino*. There is a lot to explore at SKYCITY Auckland. *R20 to enter the Casino.
New Zealand's best adventure activities. If you are looking for things to do in Auckland then you should definitely visit the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is the highest building in New Zealand and home to New Zealand's best adventure activities: SkyJump and Skywalk.