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Best Things To Do in Auckland

New Zealand's most populous city boasts some of the country's best museums and cultural institutions, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Family-friendly attractions range from the city's Sky Tower to animal-centric spots like the Auckland Zoo and the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary. Nature lovers will appreciate the breathtaking landscapes found at Waiheke Island, Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. And just a few hours outside of the city, travelers will find iconic Kiwi attractions, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 3, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Auckland
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    #1 in Auckland
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Situated just off the coast of central Auckland across fromDevonportis Rangitoto Island, a volcanic island known for its superb hiking trails and panoramic views. Multiple trails are available for island exploration, including the popular Summit Track, which takes hikers through lava fields and the world's largest pohutukawa forest to the

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  • #2
    Cornwall Park
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    #2 in Auckland
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Imagine New York'sCentral Parkbut with a New Zealand twist, and you've got Cornwall Park. This sprawling park, which sits on a volcanic cone, offers an abundance of greenery, plus unique features like the remnants of a pre-European Maori fort and the remains of Sir John Logan Campbell, the park's donor. One

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  • #3
    Mount Eden
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    #3 in Auckland
    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    One of thetop attractionsin Auckland, without question, is Mount Eden. This dormant volcano, which is completely covered with grass, offers some of the best views of downtown Auckland. It's also the highest natural point in Auckland.

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  • #4
    Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
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    #4 in Auckland
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Tucked along the North Island's west coast less than 17 miles away from the city center, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park boasts 40,000 acres of forest and beaches. Everything from hiking and biking to bird-watching and strolling along the park's black sand beaches can be enjoyed here. Must-see landscapes in this

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  • #5
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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    #5 in Auckland
    Natural Wonders, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Natural Wonders, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This world-famous natural wonder, which is situated about 120 miles south of Auckland, features a boat ride through Glowworm Grotto, where thousands of glowworms illuminate the cave ceiling. These bright, tiny creatures can only be found in New Zealand.

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  • #6
    Waiheke Island
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    #6 in Auckland
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Whether you're a foodie, a thrill-seeker or a beach bum, odds are you'll love exploring Waiheke Island. Found within the Hauraki Gulf nearRangitoto IslandandTiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary, Waiheke Island features several vineyards and olive groves, multiple white sand beaches and a variety of shops and restaurants. For adventure junkies, book

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  • #7
    Auckland Zoo
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    #7 in Auckland
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    Less than 4 miles southwest of downtown Auckland is one of Auckland's premier animal attractions: the Auckland Zoo. This sprawling animal sanctuary, which boasts the largest number of exotic and native animals in New Zealand, features everything from fur seals to lions to brown kiwis.

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  • #8
    Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary
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    #8 in Auckland
    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    Bird lovers and outdoor enthusiasts cannot miss a chance to visit Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary. Located on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf (and within view of Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island), this wildlife sanctuary is considered one of New Zealand's most successful conservation projects. Notable wildlife found on the island include

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  • #9
    Viaduct Harbour
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    #9 in Auckland
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    For some of central Auckland's best restaurants and bars, consider visiting the city's waterfront Viaduct Harbour. This Auckland precinct, which some compare toSydney'sDarling Harbour, features more than 30 watering holes and eateries, plus a marina, theNew Zealand Maritime Museumand severalhotels.

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  • #10
    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
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    #10 in Auckland
    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    Located in the southwest corner of Albert Park, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is a necessary stop for art lovers. Inside, travelers will find more than 16,000 historic, modern and contemporary art pieces, the oldest of which was created between the 10th and 12th centuries. Notable exhibits include

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  • #11
    Auckland War Memorial Museum
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    #11 in Auckland
    Museums
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    Museums
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    The main objective of the Auckland War Memorial Museum is to tell the story of the Auckland region. To that end, the museum, which is housed in a memorial that honors fallen service members, hosts exhibits that focus on Pacific Island communities (namely, the Maori people), the area's natural history

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  • #12
    Devonport
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    #12 in Auckland
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    This suburb of Auckland hosts a spectacular view of the City of Sails, so bring your camera. Aside from being a quaint spot to dine and shop, it also features a naval base. For a laid-back day of meandering past colonial architecture and along peaceful beaches, Devonport is the place

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  • #13
    Hobbiton Movie Set
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    #13 in Auckland
    Tours
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    Located roughly 110 miles southeast of Auckland on a working sheep farm, the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must for fans of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies. It's the country's only set left from the films and features the movies' famous hobbit homes and The Green

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  • #14
    Sky Tower
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    #14 in Auckland
    Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Perhaps the most noticeable building in Auckland's skyline is the Sky Tower. At the top, visitors can take in 360-degree views of the city, eat at the cafe or one of two restaurants (including one that revolves) or walk around or bungee jump off the attraction's 53rd-floor platform. A gift

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  • #15
    New Zealand Maritime Museum
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    #15 in Auckland
    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    To learn about the City of Sails' ties to the sea, check out the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Located in theViaduct Harbourprecinct, this museum is packed with artifacts documenting New Zealand's rich maritime history. You'll find rooms that depict everything from a 19th-century steerage cabin to a 1950s beach shop, as

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  • Auckland Wine Trail Tours
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  • AJ Hackett Auckland Bridge Bungy
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