Auckland Region Things to Do

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Auckland Region Things to Do

  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is Auckland's premiere site. Make sure to reserve plenty of time for this great museum. It is really 3 museums in one site. A Maori/NZ cultural museum, a natural history museum and a war museum. Each museum has its own floor. The museum has no entrance fee but Maori Cultural shows (3 performances in a day) charges $25 NZD for adults. Admission...

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  • Oneroa

    Waiheke Island Things to Do

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

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  • Waitakere Range Regional Park.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Piha Beach is situated at the end of Piha Road going through dense native bush. Suddenly the road winds down to the coast. There are wonderful views over Piha Beach, divided through the huge 100 metres high Lion Rock. There is a track to the top with a splendid view over the coastline. Piha Beach is famous for the never ending swells of the...

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Things to Do

    Queen Street starts from Auckland Harbour and runs for nearly three kilometers in a virtual straight line. As the commercial as well as shopping hub area, there are a full range of shopping option the souvenir shops are mainly concentrated at the harbour end and there are a number of arcades and side streets with boutique stores and eateries

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  • Waiheke Island

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Your visit to Waiheke has to start with one of the ferries. Most people will take Fuller’s(www.fullers.co.nz), from the Harbour Building, but there is another company sailing to the island, called Subritzky (www.subritzky.co.nz), which has also vehicle ferries. Enjoy the view on Auckland’s skyline, suburbs and a couple of small islands in the...

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  • Skytower Complex and Casino

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Skytower dominates the Auckland skyline and provides a great reference point wherever you are in the city. The said building is the tallest tower (328 meters) in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a bit expensive but worth the cost for the great views. For the adventurous type of people, you can also either climb around or absail off the tower.

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  • Cornwall Park

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Make sure u visit one of the many volcanoes around Auckland....there aren't too many Cities around the world where suburbs and remnants of volcanoes intermingle... Maungkiekie (or One Tree Hill) is a cool place to see views of Auckland....u can drive all the way to the summit....and it's free!

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  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Things to Do

    After seeing pictures of Mount Eden, I made sure I made the stop there - and Im so glad I did! Getting off at Mount Eden station I walked up one of the many walking trails. Even though I was exhusted after the walk (as well as dodging cattle and sheep), it was well worth it - what an awesome view of the city you get! Aswell as the view there is...

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  • Auckland Zoo.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    The Auckland Zoo has certainly cleaned up its act over the years and the animals are now exhibited in more humane conditions. The day of the cage has gone replaced with enclosures called Pridelands, Primate Rainforest, Hippo River, Native Bird Avery, The Beach .....its very well set up and one of my favourite places to visit. Make a day of it,...

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  • Devonport

    Auckland Things to Do

    Devonport was one of the highlights for me when I went to Auckland. Located on the north shore it is just a 12 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. (This is one of the best ways to see the Auckland skyline by the way - keep camera in hand!) When you step off the ferry you can immedialtly see that this quaint suburb has a very village-like...

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  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Antartic part of this is a cheesy tourist trap is a ride through a penguin display. However the kitcsh of this part is made up by a fairly nice aquarium that is included. It's quite a long ride from downtown but a free shuttle runs from the Skytower. People can also make reservations on adventurous activities like "Discover SCUBA" - learning...

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  • Parnell

    Auckland Things to Do

    Located near downtown Auckland, Parnell Rose Gardens is a good way to spend a hour or two of your day. There are a variety of roses to look at which some have been made by international rose breeders.

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  • Viaduct Basin & Downtown waterfront

    Auckland Things to Do

    Viaduct Harbour (Basins) was developed for the Americas Cup in 2000. It is Auckland most popular spot for entertainment and very expensive residential areas. We found great place for a walk and admiring the surrounding view. It is a relaxing place, plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars. There are benches along the water’s edge for you to sit and...

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  • Albert Park & Auckland University

    Auckland Things to Do

    Auckland was the original seat of government in New Zealand on 1856. The capital was later transferred to Wellington on 1865. The original seat of government still sits in Auckland University and is being used for various university functions.

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  • Victoria Park Market

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Victoria Park Market didn't have much worth checking out. There are a few booths selling souvenirs such as t-shirts and Maori necklaces. There are also clothing, shoes, crafts booths and a food court.

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  • Auckland Zoo

    Auckland Things to Do

    A visit to Auckland Zoo is very worth while especially because of the very impressive and friendly layout. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see native species as well as exotic ones. Of course you get to see the very special Kiwi bird here. Being nocturnal, you must enter a darkened house and view the very dimly lit area. Once your eyes have...

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  • Cornwall Park & One Tree Hill

    Auckland Things to Do

    One Tree Hill is an extinct volcanoe with a monument at the top. The views are great. The surrounding park area is really nice. Lots of people bike ride and go jogging here. If you want to see sheep in Auckland come here!

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  • Tamaki Drive

    Auckland Things to Do

    Tamaki Drive hugs the waterfrount of the easterns bays of Auckland and seems to be the place to be for walking, jogging and any exercise in general. I took the bus from Auckland city to Mission Bay and really enjoyed the scenic drive. Once you reach Mission Bay you will find that it is a perfect spot for a family day out. Restaurants and cafes...

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  • Ponsonby

    Auckland Things to Do

    This site was first purchased in 1853 by Bishop Pompallier for 1,000 pounds along with the land across the road which is St Mary’s College today. Originally the area was named Mt St Mary’s. A small wooden house was built on the property and the house was lent to the Sisters of Mercy from 1854 to 1864 when a new convent was established and the...

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  • Bastion Point and the Savage Memorial

    Auckland Things to Do

    At Bastion Point is the Savage Memorial Gardens which was dedicated to the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand Michael Joseph Savage. Inside the memorial are pool with well kept garden and a tall obelisk.

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  • New Zealand National Maritime Museum

    Auckland Things to Do

    This excellent museum gives the history of maritime accomplishment in New Zealand from colonization by the first Maori to today's history of first class sailing. The museum has 14 exhibition galleries, research and library facilities. It also houses many of New Zealand's national treasures.

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  • Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland

    Auckland Things to Do

    A canyoning trip is a really exciting way to try adventure travel. We booked a trip with AWOL Adventures. We did the Piha Canyon full day trip. The canyon is located in the Waitakere Park Ranges. It's a 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland. The trip consists of abseiling under waterfalls, jumping, sliding and going through caves to explore the...

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  • Rangitoto Island

    Auckland Things to Do

    Rangitoto was born from series of volcanic explosions around 600 years ago which makes the youngest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Today there is no permanent population. It’s like going back to basic. Regrettably we didn’t go exploring the island because of time factor. From what I’ve read in the brochure I think it would be exciting to explore the...

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  • Auckland Art Gallery

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Auckland Art Gallery is Auckland's most popular public gallery. It has an extensive collection of national and international art. It also hosts travelling international exhibitions. The gallery was established in 1888 as the first permanent art gallery in New Zealand. The New Gallery, across the road from the main gallery, was established in...

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  • Karangahape Road

    Auckland Things to Do

    If you feel like browsing through thrift shops, check out K'Road (in the direction towards Ponsonby). There a bunch of arcades and side shops with interesting and trendy clothing. There are quite a few sex shops, highlighting the seedier side of Auckland.

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  • Hauraki Gulf

    Auckland Things to Do

    Waiheke Island can be rather crowded, especially in the summer months. But this should not deter you as it is a beautiful island to explore on foot, scooter, by car or bus, depending on how much time you want to spend there. "Normal" tourists normally arrive by Fullers Ferry ($28.50 return/children 14.30) which runs 20 sailings per day. But if you...

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  • Sailing on Auckland Harbour

    Auckland Things to Do

    One of must do's when you are in Auckland is take a cruise out into the harbour. Whether you just want a simple harbour cruise under the harbour bridge or if you'd like a full day in the Hauraki Gulf fishing, diving, stopping over in a quite bay for lunch. There are so many boats that will cater to your needs. One in particular is Zefiro Charters....

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  • Auckland Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Domain is located centrally and is the largest and oldest park in Auckland. The park contains the huge war memorial and is also home to a wintergarden which holds two glasshouses of tropical plants. You could easily spend half a day here as there are also many walking tracks that take you through waterways and bushland settings.

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  • Harbour Bridge & Marina

    Auckland Things to Do

    I took a photo shot of the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge during our Harbour Cruise tour. The construction of the bridge began in 1954 and completed in April 1959. I thought it was a nice looking bridge but not as impressive as Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is similarity between the two, maybe the coat hanger look. Apparently you can do bungy...

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  • Newmarket

    Auckland Things to Do

    Lumsden Green is a small park in Newmarket which was set aside as a reserve in 1878. It was named after David Lumsden, who was the Mayor of Newmarket at the time the borough merged with Auckland City in 1989. The sculpture was placed in the Green to mark the Centenary of the Newmarket Highway district.

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  • Fly over Auckland in an old DC3 warbird

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Warbirds Association of New Zealand is an aero-club of devoted aeroplane enthusiasts. They operate a range of restored and much loved planes from bygone eras including Harvards, Mustangs, Spitfires, and a DC3. The DC3 Dakota they have is 60 years old, and operates scenic flights from the Warbirds base in Ardmore, South Auckland (Manukau). For...

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  • Aotea Square

    Auckland Things to Do

    Aotea square is in the middle of town in the upper part of Queen Street. It is a melting pot of all peoples of Auckland from business people sitting down for a lunch break to local street kids wanting a place to snooze!! The entrance is through a very well structured Maori carving which doubles as as an arch way. The square is multi layered and...

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  • Western Springs

    Auckland Things to Do

    Western Springs is just out of the city centre and is home to the Auckland Zoo and MOTAT. There is also a public golf course there and the Speedway. There springs contain a series of freshwater lakes which are still filled by active springs. The area attracts a wide range of waterfowl as well as families as there is a large playground in the...

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  • Museum of Transport & Technology

    Auckland Things to Do

    MOTAT has over 300,000 items in its collection. The Museum is organised into sections that work on various areas of the collection. Each section has a manager who works with the many dedicated volunteers in that section, and liaises with MOTAT staff to ensure the continuing development of the museum.

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  • St Heliers Bay

    Auckland Things to Do

    St Heliers Bay is a pretty, but busy stretch of roadside beach with great views across the water of Rangitoto Island. It is on Aucklands Tamaki Drive, and can get pretty busy, although it is smaller and less hustly bustly than nearby Mission Bay. There are a few cafes, bars and shops, and the beach itself is backed by a wide strip of grass planted...

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  • The Auckland Public Library

    Auckland Things to Do

    The present library was opened in 1971 and added a second stage to the development in 1982. The central Auckland library is the flagship of Auckland City Libraries and includes Music Library, Children and Teenagers Library, International Documents Collection, Family History Library, Standards Library, Car Manuals Library, Special Collections...

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  • Coast 2 Coast Eco Tour

    I recommend joining in the coast 2 coast eco tour. They'll pick you up in the morning from Auckland CBD and drop you off around 18:00. You'll have a great day out, get to see vineyards, craft fairs, honey producers and the tour operators' farm. Check out my full report here: http://www.aucklandlifestyle.com/coast_to_coast.html

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  • Piha and the West Coast Surf Beaches

    If you are in the Auckland region make sure make a trip out to Piha or the other west coast surf beaches. It is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Relaxing by the beach pack a bbq picnic and enjoy the spectacular scenery.Danger:Beware of swimming at the surf beaches as it is very dangerous. Every year there are several tourist that drown in...

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  • Tawharanui Regional Park

    From the car park of Tawharanui Regional Park different tracks start to all directions. We did the track to the right (North Coast Track) along 'the long drop', climbing a steep hill (see picture on the intro page), through meadows with 'wild' cows to Tokatu Point Look Out. During our walk and from the look out we had splendid views over the...

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  • Muriwai - Gannets and Beaches

    Worth a visit for its rough coastline and (black sand) beaches, but most of all for the large gannet colony. From the car park is an easy walkway to a couple of viewing platforms. No problem to find your way, otherwise you will most probably smell where you have to go. From these platforms you have a good view on the birds some metres beneath....

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  • Piha Beach - not only a surfers paradise

    Piha Beach is situated at the end of Piha Road going through dense native bush. Suddenly the road winds down to the coast. There are wonderful views over Piha Beach, divided through the huge 100 metres high Lion Rock. There is a track to the top with a splendid view over the coastline. Piha Beach is famous for the never ending swells of the Tasman...

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  • Arataki Visitor Centre

    Arataki Vistor Centre is an ‘obliged’ starting point before visiting Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.Everything you want to know about this ‘city forest’ you can get from the staff of the centre. If you are planning a walk or hike, just buy the Recreation and Track Guide.Inside you find information about the history, flora and fauna of the region....

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  • Put on your walking boots ...

    If visiting Auckland, just take your walking boots with you. In Waitakere Ranges Regional Park you will find about 150 walks and tracks: easy, difficult, short, long, along the coastline and through native bush and along cascades.We walked a couple and one of them was the so called 'Auckland City Walk'. This walk starts from the car park on Falls...

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  • along Manukau Harbour

    Starting in the township of Titirangi follow Huia Road; soon you will have views over Manukau Harbour. Make a detour to Cornwallis with its wharf. Everywhere along the road tracks and viewing points. Huia has a Settlers Museum (for openinghours see website below ) and you can take a visit to the dam of the Lower Huia Reservoir. After this (last)...

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  • Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island

    Tiritiri Matangi Island is a scientific reserve and bird sanctuary located off the eastern tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, in the northern part of Auckland Region. The island has undergone intensive re-planting in order to restore it to what it might have looked like before it was cleared for farming. Several speices of rare native birds have been...

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