To discover the best of the Auckland region, visit the official visitor information site for Auckland. You'll be inspired to make the most of your Auckland experience, including the Auckland Masterclass videos featuring WMG2017 Ambassador Jenny-May Clarkson.
Urban style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand in New Zealand’s largest city, and host city of the 9th World Masters Games. It’s a whole region waiting to be explored, and with so many experiences so close by in Auckland, it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next. Here are some ideas for making the most of your trip:
Top 10 things to do in Auckland
1. Soak up the views from Auckland’s volcanoes
Explore Auckland’s volcanic cones, it’s easy to climb to the summit of Mount Eden, One Tree Hill, Mount Victoria or North Head for spectacular views across the city and gulf. For a half-day trip, hop on a ferry to Rangitoto Island and make your way to the top, or take the 4WD road train to the summit.
2. Get out on the water
Kayak to a nearby island, help sail an America’s Cup yacht, join a whale and dolphin safari or take a spin on a high-speed jetboat. Auckland’s sparkling harbours also have great fishing with plenty of boat and yacht charters available.
3. Explore the islands
Escape to a haven of vineyards, olive groves and beaches at Waiheke Island, just a 35-minute ferry away. For something more adventurous, discover the fascinating history of Rotoroa Island, visit Auckland’s largest volcanic cone, Rangitoto Island, or visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, an open wildlife sanctuary alive with birdsong.
4. Beach life
You’re never far from the sea in Auckland, with two coastlines filled with hundreds of beaches. Surfers can ride the waves at the rugged black-sand beaches of the west coast – check out Karekare, Piha and Muriwai, head north to the vast golden sands and clear waters of Tāwharanui and Pakiri, or visit the city beaches such as Mission Bay, St Heliers and Takapuna.
Auckland’s vibrant food scene serves up a variety of great spots to eat. Dine overlooking the water at Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter or pick from the stylish modern restaurants in Britomart and Federal Street. For something more casual, hit the trendy eateries in Ponsonby and Takapuna and don’t miss the delectable foods at some of the weekend farmers’ markets.
6. On the wine trail
Indulge in tastings or a vineyard lunch at one of Auckland’s three wine regions. The coastal countryside of Matakana thriving with food, wine and art, Waiheke Island, must for wine lovers with over 30 vineyards and glorious scenery, and Kumeu, Auckland’s oldest wine-growing region.
7. Make tracks
It’s easy to immerse yourself in nature with hundreds of biking and walking tracks, ranging from easy to challenging. Explore the native bush, waterfalls and coastline of the Waitakere Ranges, walk through the magnificent Hunua Ranges or explore the striking landscape of Auckland’s regional parks.
For thrill seekers, Auckland is one big playground. Take a base jump off the Sky Tower or walk around its narrow outdoor platform at SkyWalk, and climb over or bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. canyon down waterfalls or zipline above trees. Water lovers are spoilt for choice too – go jet boating, sailing, heli-fishing or take a ride in a seaplane.
9. Get up close to wildlife
Hear birdsong and soak up the scenery at Tiritiri Matangi Island, head out on the gulf to see dolphins and whales or swim, snorkel and dive at Goat Island marine reserve. Visit Auckland Zoo to see native and exotic animals, get up close to sharks and penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium or see giant crocodiles and more at Butterfly Creek.
10. Discover the arts, culture and history
More than 200 ethnic communities call Auckland home and this is what makes the art and culture so fascinating. Discover world-class exhibitions at the Auckland Museum, the Auckland Art Gallery and the NZ Maritime Museum, combine beautiful scenery and modern Kiwi art at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail or Pah Homestead or join a city art and culture tour.
For more Auckland tips visit www.aucklandnz.com, or check out some of these links:
- Top 10 Auckland hidden gems
- Auckland day trips
- Auckland must dos
- Top 10 free things to do
- Auckland must-see views