Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Make sure you stop and enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders that Auckland has to offer.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland - New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city. More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.
Take to the waters:
From central Auckland you can be on the water in a matter of minutes.
- Enjoy a cruise on a classic yacht or launch. Charter your own yacht if you have sailing skills.
- Meet the local marine mammals. Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari conducts daily marine mammal eco-safaris, finding common and bottlenose dolphins, Brydes whales and orca in Auckland's magnificent Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
- Kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset with Auckland Sea Kayaks.
- Experience the thrill of sailing on a genuine America's Cup racing yacht - you can participate as much or as little as you desire.
- Take the ferry across to Devonport and enjoy a café lunch and a spot of shopping or explore the WWII tunnels and gun emplacements in North Head.
Family fun in Auckland:
Here's a few activities for the family you can try out the next time you're in Auckland:
- Visit the Sky Tower and travel 328 metres up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms. Family members who are 10 years or over might like to do a Sky walk or Sky jump!
- Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World gets you up close and personal with sharks and penguins
- Daily Maori cultural performances at the Auckland Museum include a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and haka
- EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages.
- Auckland Zoo is always fun - home to 117 species, and over 700 animals. There's always lots to see and do all year, including events and Zoom (behind the scenes) tours. Daily Zoo encounters, presented by zoo keepers, give you the opportunity to come eye to eye with some amazing creatures.
- Have a thrilling day at Rainbows End Adventure Park in Manukau City. Plummet on the Fear Fall, spiral on the roller coaster and zoom down the log flume.
- SheepWorld promises a close encounter with farm animals.
Explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf:
The Hauraki Gulf, on the doorstep of Auckland city, is home to a multitude of remarkable islands. Don't miss out on these activities:
- Walk to the summit of Rangitoto, the black lava volcanic island in the middle of the inner Hauraki Gulf. Hire a kayak and join an evening paddle to the island.
- Enjoy wine tasting and beachcombing on Waiheke Island, a half hour ferry ride from the city centre.
- Sunbathe and swim at Motuihe Island.
- Discover the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island - once the home of Governor George Grey.
- Visit the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. The island is home to many endangered birds, including the extremely rare Takahe.
- Experience a wilderness adventure on Great Barrier Island - tracks lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic kauri dams.
Take a walk:
- From Devonport, walk to the summits of Mount Victoria or North Head for 360° views. Ferries to and from Devonport depart every half hour.
- Mount Eden, Mount Hobson and Mount St John are dormant volcanic cones offering commanding views of the city - pack a picnic and walk up.
- Do the Coast to Coast Walkway - a unique walk joining the east and west coasts of Auckland and taking in many of the city’s scenic icons. Enquire at the Visitor Information Centre in the city for a brochure on the walkway.
- Explore the beautifully scenic Waitakere Ranges to west, or the Hunua Ranges to the south of the city.