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Free Things To Do in Auckland

If you have extra time, Mount Eden is worthwhile.
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    Rangitoto Island
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    #1 in Auckland
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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.

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    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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    Imagine New York's Central Park but 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 of the park's greatest assets is its lookout point: Don't leave without taking in the views at One Tree Hill.

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    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 the top attractions in 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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    Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
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    #4 in Auckland
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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 sprawling parkland include Piha and Whatipu's beaches and Fairy Falls waterfall.

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    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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    Half Day to Full Day
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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 near Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri 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 a zip lining excursion with EcoZip Adventures.

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    Viaduct Harbour
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    #9 in Auckland
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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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 to Sydney's Darling Harbour, features more than 30 watering holes and eateries, plus a marina, the New Zealand Maritime Museum and several hotels.

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    Devonport
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    #12 in Auckland
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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 to go.

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