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Best Things To Do in Auckland

Here, you'll find all of the charms of a big city—world-class museums, like the Auckland Museum; aesthetic havens, like the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; and kid-friendly options, like the very popular Auckland Zoo. But because this is New Zealand, the landscape steals much of the thunder. You'll enjoy lovely urban parks, like Cornwall; scenic islands, like Rangitoto; and gorgeous beaches, like Bethells. Therefore, a better question than "What can you do in Auckland?" is "What can't you do here?"

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#1
Bethells Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To get your black-sand beach fix, head to breathtaking Bethells. Here, you can do everything from surfing and swimming to ... read more»

#2
Cornwall Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Think of New York's Central Park but with a New-Zealand twist, and you've got Cornwall Park. The park ... read more»

#3
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With its cache of around 15,000 pieces of art (which span the 12th century to modern day), the Auckland ... read more»

#4
Waitakere Ranges Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This regional park is less than an hour's drive from central Auckland, but its astounding beauty will make you ... read more»

#5
Auckland Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Auckland Zoo contains the largest number of both exotic and native animals in New Zealand: You'll see everything ... read more»

#6
Rangitoto Island
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just a short ferry ride from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf is Rangitoto, a volcanic island with sparkling vistas. You ... read more»

#7
Auckland Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The main objective of the Auckland Museum—also known as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira—is to ... read more»

#8
Queen Street Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When tourists want to go on an urban walk, many head to Queen Street. Here, you'll find stores like ... read more»

#9
Devonport Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This suburb of Auckland hosts a spectacular view of the City of Sails, so be sure to bring your camera ... read more»

#10
SkyJump
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: New Zealand invented bungee jumping, so extreme sports are du jour. If you have even the slightest urge to hurl ... read more»

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