Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki#11 in Best Things To Do in Auckland
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 The Maori Portraits gallery and the obliteration room with pieces by Yayoi Kusama.
Most recent visitors said that this museum is worth browsing, but some bemoaned the high entrance fees and desired more information about the pieces. All can agree, though, that the property's architecture is stunning and fitting of a modern art gallery.
The Auckland Art Gallery is open daily (except on Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Standard admissions cost 20 New Zealand dollars (approximately $14.50) for adults and NZ$17 (about $12) for students with IDs. Children 12 and younger get in for free. Complimentary hour-long gallery tours are available every day at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and restrooms, a gift shop and a cafe can be found inside.
To get to the art gallery, travelers can take the CityLink bus up Queen Street or the OuterLink bus to one of the nearby Wellesley Street bus stops. Street parking is also available in the area, or visitors can park for free after 6 p.m. and on weekends at Victoria Street Car Park – situated on the northern side of the park. Another option is to walk from the CBD. Additional information about the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is available on the property's website.
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Situated just off the coast of central Auckland across from Devonport is 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 island's summit.
Prepare for stunning vistas and a steep, yet doable hike when visiting Rangitoto Island. If you're not keen on hiking, travelers recommend opting for Fullers' Volcanic Explorer Tour, which includes round-trip ferry transfers to and from downtown Auckland and a four-wheel drive road train tour of the island.
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