Here are the top 70 tourist attractions to see in Auckland:

1. Sky Tower

4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
1 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Auckland's Sky Tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, soaring towards the heavens. This landmark tower provides some unforgettable views from its observation decks. The Sky Tower is a telecommunications office building that has several restaurants and bars on its premises and is also the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

2. Cornwall Park

10,433 km
from city center
2 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Spread over 425 acres, the Cornwall Park is symbolic of New Zealand’s history, flora, fauna and farm culture. It’s located in the heart of Auckland and offers a wide array of activities. One can go for a casual stroll with loved ones in the lush green surroundings of the trails and then enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal from its eateries, get together with friends and family over barbeque, exploring the cattle in the farm and other horticulture activities. From visiting the historic Acacia cottage built in the 1800s to playing sports in the clubs - this place is a popular spot for all age groups with varied interests. Exercising, doing yoga while basking in stillness and connecting to Mother Nature with birds chirping in the background is nothing short of eternal bliss.

3. Rangitoto Island

3.8 /5

11 km
from city center
3 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Rangitoto is the youngest and the largest volcano of Auckland's extensive volcanic field. This island can be seen directly from the mainland as it's wide symmetric conical shape forms an iconic silhouette in the distance. After taking the ferry from the harbour, which is a picturesque experience in itself, you'll find yourself on this imposing volcano island. Hike up to the top, exploring the black lava caves on the way, to enjoy a view well worth the labour!

4. Waiheke Island

3.7 /5

31 km
from city center
4 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Waiheke is a fabulous island just 35 minutes from the mainland. Famous for its rows and rows of vineyards and olive farms, Waiheke Island is home to some of New Zealand's most celebrated wineries and creating some of its most renowned wines.

5. Auckland Art Gallery

4.5 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

First established in 1888, the Auckland Art Gallery, or Toi o Tamaki, as it is known to the Maori community, was the first permanent art gallery in New Zealand, and is known for its large body of both national and international art exhibits. Set in the heart of central Auckland, bound by Albert Park, Auckland Art Gallery is only a two-minute walk from major bus stations in downtown Auckland and is easily accessible. Four floors house more than 15,000 works of art ranging from native Maori traditional paintings to 19th-century landscapes of old European masters, to contemporary works of New Zealand’s artists and everything in between.

6. Auckland Zoo

3.4 /5

4 km
from city center
6 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Opened in December 1922, the Auckland Zoo is now in its 96th year of operation, and is one of New Zealand’s premier zoological parks. Spread out over 40 acres of land, located 6 km away from central Auckland, the Auckland Zoo is home to nearly 1400 animals of 138 different species. Divided into regions specific to where the different animals are from, the Auckland Zoo has recently begun work in developing a South-East Asian wing for the endemic flora and fauna of the region.

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7. Auckland Domain

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Set atop the remnants of the oldest volcano amongst Auckland’s volcanic field, Pukekawa, the 75-hectare expanse of greenery is Auckland’s oldest public park. One of the largest areas of public land in the heart of the central Auckland, the Auckland Domain is also home to the Auckland War Memorial and Cenotaph. A band rotunda offers a venue for bands to play out in the open to park visitors. Boardwalks and museums provide park-goers enough avenues to stay occupied at the Domain.

8. One Tree Hill

3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
8 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

One Tree Hill is the second largest volcanic mountain in Auckland. It is visited often because of its parks, and also features an Obelisk and the Stardome Observatory.

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9. Auckland War Memorial Museum

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Auckland War Memorial Museum has ensured the upholding and the glorification of the Māori culture - the traditional culture of the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand. In order to keep the heritage alive in people’s memories, many stories of the historical Māori life in New Zealand are told by the museum through talks, tours, exhibitions and programmes. Many items and souvenirs resembling the Māori culture are sold in the museum shop and also online. Exclusive guest experiences are provided through award-winning Māori cultural performances, private tours and exclusive exhibition viewings. The Neoclassical style of architecture of the museum has been critically acclaimed and has received esteemed awards like the NZIA Gold Medal and the ACENZ Innovate NZ Gold Award.

10. Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

3.6 /5

5 km
from city center
10 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Dive into this fascinating Sea Life aquarium, with engaging displays and intriguing tunnels taking you through over 30 live animal exhibits. Located on 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland, a short 7 km drive away from central Auckland, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is one of New Zealand’s most innovative and largest aquariums. An endeavour of New Zealand marine biologist Kelly Tarlton, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium used a new method of acrylic shaping that allowed clear acrylic to take curved shapes. The aquarium was also among the first of its kind to use travelators that move people slowly through a long, see-through tunnel.

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11. New Zealand Maritime Museum

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
11 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

New Zealand has a rich history of maritime navigation, spanning from the Maori voyages of maritime exploration to the European naval conquests of the region. The New Zealand Maritime Museum houses the most extensive collection of naval artefacts in New Zealand and is a celebration of this rich maritime tradition. Situated across from the Viaduct Harbour, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD.

12. Albert Park

3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
12 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Albert Park is a huge public park popular among the locals for its vast open spaces, lines of beaitiful trees, and also it's statues and monuments.

13. Museum of Transport and Technology

3.5 /5

4 km
from city center
13 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Museum of Transport and Technology is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Auckland, New Zealand. With an area of over 40 acres, it is the largest museum of technology, transport and social history. The place is nicknamed MOTAT and is famous for providing an interactive platform to know about the history of New Zealand and its achievements. The attraction also includes fun activities and programs to enable a complete learning experience to visitors of all age groups. These programs consist of stories, the country's heritage, culture, technology and transport exhibitions, all put together in a way that makes learning an exciting activity.

14. SkyCity Auckland

3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
14 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

SkyCity Auckland is an entertainment centre located in Auckland City, New Zealand. It is a premier event centre situated in the bustling central business district of the city. It occupies several levels of the Sky Tower, the city’s telecommunication and observation tower, and provides a variety of activities and services that visitors can choose from to entertain and pamper themselves. This is the only attraction in Auckland City that has an operating casino. The place is suitable for those looking for a luxury getaway in and around the city. SkyCity Auckland can also be booked for private and business events.

15. Auckland Harbour Bridge

4.2 /5

3 km
from city center
15 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Stretching for over a kilometre, connecting St. Mary’s Bay and the Auckland city side to the North Shore, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is an iconic part of the Auckland skyline. The longest road-bridge on the North Island, the Auckland Harbour Bridge finished completion in 1959. More than 170,000 vehicles make the crossing over the Auckland Harbour Bridge each morning, making it an indispensable part of most Aucklanders’ daily lives.

16. Motutapu Island

3.3 /5

16 km
from city center
16 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Motutapu Island is one of New Zealand’s oldest islands and was one of the first to be formed amongst the Auckland Volcanic Field. It was inhabited first by early Maori and Polynesian settlers, and then eventually European immigrants as well. A volcanic eruption that resulted in the formation of the nearby, but much younger, Rangitoto Island, destroyed most traces of civilisation and vegetation on the island. Motutapu island has now become a haven for trekkers looking for a day-trip away from Auckland and is a bushwalker’s paradise.

17. Mount Eden

3 km
from city center
17 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

If New Zealand is on your bucket list, one of the places you cannot miss is Mount Eden, a suburb of Auckland in North Island. It is a place that strikes the right balance between culture and natural attractions. The best time to visit is between October to May in order to ensure pleasant weather and view when you are there.

18. Waitakere Ranges

0 km
from city center
18 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Waitakere Ranges represent hilly areas of Auckland. These are a part of the western coastline of the city and are known for their forest cover with the native rainforest of more than 16000 hectares. The regional park in the Waitakere Ranges sets a perfect example of an ecosystem that supports both the flora and fauna and the black sand surf beaches that attract tourists for a myriad of adventurous activities. Not only beaches but the walks and waterfalls are also incredible viewpoints with easy accessibility. Be it be the sound of the mighty waterfalls or the sight of a beautiful beach sunset or walking on a rugged coastline - this place can be anything you ask for.

19. The Viaduct Harbour

1 km
from city center
19 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Viaduct Harbour, based in Auckland, New Zealand, comes to life at night. The place is always buzzing with people, booze, food, and fun: just about everything you need to make a night memorable. The Viaduct is a residential, commercial, and entertaining area where one can choose to dine in with their loved ones. The Harbour was formerly known as the Viaduct Basin, and as of yet, it is the busiest place of the Auckland Central Business district to be in during the night. If one chooses to take a walk before or after the fun, then one can always visit the National Maritime Museum, which is just adjacent to the harbour.

20. Piha Beach

164 km
from city center
20 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Piha is a small village with approx 600 residents and is located on the Western coast of Auckland, it is a 45-50 minutes drive away destination from the city. Piha, famous for its the black-iron sand beach, is a major tourist attraction and one of the most favourite getaway destinations for Aucklanders during summer. The beach is home to the surfers across the globe. The strong water current and high waves of Piha Beach provides the best destination for surfing. The Tasman Sea is both moody and enchanting, that allows the surfers to play around the challenges.

21. Rainbow's End

12,498 km
from city center
21 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Rainbow’s End is a Theme Park located in Manukau, Auckland. It extends up to 9.3 Hectares making it the biggest theme park in New Zealand. It opened up in 1982 and has been expanding and running wonderfully for over 39 years. The place is home to lots of Water Rides and entertainment centres. Rainbow’s End is owned by Rangatira Limited. It is built for everyone from 2-year-old children to 50-year-old adults. The place features the Kidz Kingdom which was the winner of “ Top Family Entertainment Center of the World Award” in 2015. 

22. Tiritiri Matangi Island

30 km
from city center
22 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

An island where the sweet chirping of birds never stops echoing, Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of the most active and significant wildlife sanctuaries in New Zealand. The wildlife conservation island is a predator-free environment that provides for a suitable habitat for about 87 varieties of species of birds, among which 12 are said to be endemic. The island is truly a wildlife wonderland and attracts around 32,000 tourists every year. A 75-minute ferry ride is all it takes to get to the bird’s paradise from the Auckland mainland.

23. Hobbiton Movie Set

140 km
from city center
23 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Hobbiton Movie Set, located on a sprawling 1250 acre cattle farm on New Zealand’s North Island, lies almost 200 km from Auckland. Initially serving only as a movie set for the Lord of the Rings movies, it was partly torn down after the completion of the trilogy. When the Hobbit trilogy began shooting, the set was rebuilt, and a more permanent structure was put in place this time. The Hobbiton Movie set is now a world-famous tourist attraction; guided tours of the farm show tourists what went into making some of the most iconic sets and most enduring movies of recent history.

24. Muriwai Beach

29 km
from city center
24 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The brooding black sand surf beaches of Muriwai, located a quick 45-minute drive from the heart of Auckland, is a different world from the manicured and landscaped setting of Auckland. People from across the globe flock to Muriwai to surf on its black sand beaches, given its distinctive colour as a result of volcanic activity. It is also home to one of the world’s largest Gannet colonies. The Gannet colonies can be seen from viewing platforms, which can be reached by hiking up the easily accessible cliff-top trails.

25. Ponsonby

2 km
from city center
25 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Located at the heart of Auckland’s central business district, Ponsonby is a suburban area well-known for its chic restaurants, upscale fashion boutiques, trendy bars, and vibrant nightlife. The current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, amongst many other high-profile personalities, are known to frequent Ponsonby’s chic establishments.

26. Sky Tower

26 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Auckland's Sky Tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, soaring towards the heavens. This landmark tower provides some unforgettable views from its observation decks.

27. Devonport

4 km
from city center
27 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Devonport is situated on the North Shore, lying across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and is separated from Auckland by a short 12-minute ferry ride away. This small neighbourhood has a population of fewer than 6000 people and is one of the oldest colonial settlements in New Zealand. Devonport is well-known for its quaint, harbourside charm, with many boutiques and antique stores lining the harbour. The main navy base for the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum ensure that the presence of the navy is strongly felt in Devonport.

28. Hunua Falls

8,218 km
from city center
28 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Hunua Falls are located to the West of the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in South Auckland and are one of the most picturesque places to visit in Auckland. Often visited during the winter or summer season, the Hunua waterfalls are one of the famous swimming spots in Auckland. This destination has gained an enormous amount of attention over the years and as a result, been commercialised for both national as well as international travellers. Even though people spend only around 2-4 hours, they are often relaxed and de-stressed.

29. Auckland Botanic Park

8,211 km
from city center
29 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Also known as the Gardens of Auckland, Auckland Botanic Gardens are spread over 64 hectares in Manurewa, a suburb in South Auckland. With plants and flowers that are evergreen, this attraction isn’t open only to Science freaks, but for anyone who wants to relax and rejuvenate their senses with flora from across the world. Even though the Gardens are open throughout the year, the best time to visit them is from April to October. Their new project Potter Children’s Gardens includes two areas for children and adults to explore the dynamics of adaptation and the interconnection between Kereru and Puriri trees, two of the most common trees seen in the area.

30. Silo Park

8,192 km
from city center
30 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

One of the most urban-popular places to visit in Auckland is the Silo Park. Commonly known as the hub of Wynyard Quarter, The Silo Park idea was started and implemented by the Wynyard Point redevelopment industry is all set to capture the minds of those who want to see an alternative dimension to the waterfront industry of Auckland. What was earlier merely a maritime and an industrial precinct has now become a multipurpose site for you to socialise. Right from outdoor games to live performances to feasts, this place will spoil you for choices.

31. Wild On Waiheke

8,188 km
from city center
31 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Wild On Waiheke is a multipurpose garden on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It includes a range of restaurants, vineyards, hotels and breweries, and is mainly home to Wild Estate Vineyard and Restaurant, and Waiheke Island Brewery. The Wild Estate Vineyard and Restaurant, located on Onetangi Valley is one of the most exquisite vineyards in New Zealand, with wines ranging from Chardonnays to Syrahs to Pinot Gris. The vineyard is looked after by a viticulturist, Matt Sloane and their wines are made by the award-winning winemaker, Patrick Newton.

32. Coast to Coast Walkway

8 km
from city center
32 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Ranging from Waitemata Harbour to Manukau, the Coast to Coast Walk is a 16 km hike through Auckland. The walk gives one a glimpse of Maori culture and the breath-taking natural beauty of Auckland. The Coast to Coast walk gives you glimpses of hills, gardens, spectacular architecture and rich heritage enveloped in a mind-boggling topography. This walkway shows you the best that Auckland has to offer from museums to colleges, sports clubs, volcanic sites, the iconic Cornwall Park and the One Tree Hill. New Zealand’s narrowest stretch of land is the isthmus of Auckland. The isthmus is 9 km from north to south and a little less than 2 km east to west. This small terrain that connects Waitemata Harbour and the Pacific Ocean to Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea was used by the Maoris for porting canoes. It offers the greatest inland waterway in New Zealand, the Waikato River. The Coast to Coast Walk also passes through Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain.

33. Kawau Island

47 km
from city center
33 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Kawau Island located in Auckland is one of the largest islands that form the Hauraki Gulf. The island got its name from the Kawau Paka which is a tiny shag cormorant found on the island. Rich in biodiversity, Kawau Island is a paradise where flora and fauna peacefully co-exist. The island proudly hosts copper and manganese mines, forests and windswept beaches. Kawau Island offers exhilarating water sports that will surely blow your mind. With so much to explore, Kawau Island is a must-visit.

34. Great Barrier Island

93 km
from city center
34 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Great Barrier Island is situated 100 kms north-east from the Auckland mainland on the outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. An off-the-grid destination with minimum noise and no artificial light, the Great Barrier Island is the perfect getaway from the stresses of daily life. Covering a total area of 285 sq kms, the Great Barrier Island is the sixth largest island in New Zealand and offers a variety of experiences ranging from trekking, kayaking, surfing, diving, snorkelling, fishing, bird-watching, star-gazing and much more.

35. The Civic Theatre

14 km
from city center
35 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Civic Theatre exhibits elegance, ancestry, and artistry all at once. It is New Zealand’s premier lyric theatre situated in Auckland Central. It is the only prevailing “atmospheric theatre” in the Southern Hemisphere out of a total of seven in the world that still endures. It gives the illusion of being in an open theatre under the stars. An extraordinary soft-top ceiling hangs over the auditorium. The LED lights on this ceiling are an exact replica of the skyscape as on 20th April 1929, the day when the construction started. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 2379 people split across two levels.

36. Parnell Rose Gardens

8,193 km
from city center
36 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Parnell Rose Garden, which also goes by the name of Dove-Myer Robinson Park, is an exquisite park with a widely famous rose garden inside it. It is named after Dove-Myer Robinson, who held the record for the longest serving Mayor of Auckland, holding office for a full term of 18 years. Popularly known for some of the roses being personally tended to by internationally renowned rose horticulturalists, the park is also home to the ‘white garden’ where weddings occasionally take place.

37. Hauraki Gulf Islands

31 km
from city center
37 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The Hauraki Gulf Islands is a cluster of islands spread out across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula. Nature’s gifts to New Zealand, these islands have diverse flora and fauna providing habitat for some of the rarest species of birds, reptiles and plants on the planet. There are over 50 islands ranging from large landscapes with habitation, to almost-barren islands that have little more than rocks on them. Each of these islands offers diverse experiences and can be categorized into recreational, conservation and historical experiences. From kayaking, trekking and horse-riding to food and wine tasting, bird watching and sunbathing on the beach, there’s something to suit everyone’s interests.

38. Rotoroa Island

8,189 km
from city center
38 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Rotoroa Island is spread across 200 acres and has an old community including a jail, cemetery, schoolhouse and a chapel. The island was initially a rehabilitation centre where alcoholics and drug-abusers were sent to get clean. It has since turned into one of Auckland's most visited tourist attractions, on account of its tranquil beaches and quiet demeanour. A smattering of homestays dotting the island makes it a popular weekend getaway destination from Auckland.

39. Orewa Beach

8,164 km
from city center
39 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

The beach located on Hibiscus Coast Highway is the perfect spot for tourists to stop by and spend some time at. The word was originally taken from the native tree, “Rewarewa”. However, over time, this name has been shortened to “Orewa”. Orewa beach, around 44 kilometers away from North Auckland is known as the life of the beach side town. It is one of the longest beaches in Auckland and is one of the safest ones as well.

40. Stardome

8,199 km
from city center
40 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Stardome is an observatory planetarium in Auckland, a perfect attraction for people interested in science, especially space. The research team at Stardome have always followed their love for space and have been sharing this with people from all across the globe. This place is not only open to public viewing in the evenings but also to day time visits and educational school trips. The team at Stardome has been sharing their research on space for over 60 years now and is grateful for the support it gets from people as well as ratepayers.

41. Arataki Trails

18 km
from city center
41 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Arataki is based in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a world apart from city life and the Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges. This lush green sub-tropical rainforest is just a 30-minute drive from Auckland’s City Centre. Auckland is generally known for its man-made wonders such as the Queen Street but it is here in the Waitakere where you realise the original rugged beauty of New Zealand.

42. Motuihe Island

17 km
from city center
42 out of 70
places to visit in Auckland

Motuihe Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand. It lies near Auckland and is sandwiched between Motutapu and Waiheke islands. The name of the island has been derived from the word “Te Motu a Ihenga” which in the Maori dialect means “the island of the Ihengas.” Spread over 440 acres, the Motuihe Island is known for its beautiful beaches and a few coastal forests. The sprawling stretch of the beach is lined with trees native to the area on the branches of which dwells the Tuatara - a species of lizard native to New Zealand. The beauty of the beaches is amplified by crystal clear water that crash on to the white sandy shore. It is interesting to note that this site was earlier used as a quarantine station and naval training base. Motuihe island is under the control of the Department of Conservation and the Motuihe Trust. These entities organise training camps and encourage locals to volunteer to come up and actively take part in the conservation of the island.

FAQs on Auckland

How can I commute within Auckland?

There are numerous options to get around the city on your travels. Buses are the most used, as they cover a large network of routes throughout the city and are also inexpensive. The train services within the city are not exceptional, and have only 4 lines so far, namely the Southern, Onehunga, Western and Eastern. Auckland is pretty easily explored by car. There are plenty of car rental options in the city, offering all sorts of cars from the lower to the higher price bracket. Commuting via taxi is an easy option too. You will not find yourself arguing over prices as most taxi drivers follow the meter prices. Apps can be booked via phone or simply hailed from the street. Ferry services are also an integral part of Auckland's public transport, connecting the mainland with the islands nearby. AT HOP cards can be purchased for travel on trains, buses or ferries. They cost only NZD 10 and can be recharged as per requirement. They usually provide a 20% discount on all rides.
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How much does a package cost for Auckland?

The packages for Auckland start at INR 88840 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Auckland?

The top sightseeing places in Auckland are Sky Tower, Cornwall Park, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo.

What are the top shopping places in Auckland?

The top shopping places in Auckland are Ponsonby, Queen Street Auckland, Night Markets in Auckland.

What are the top activities in Auckland?

The top activities in Auckland are Auckland Airport (AKL) Express Transfer Tickets by SkyBus, Auckland Sky Tower Admission, Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Tour, Shared and Private Auckland Airport (AKL) Transfers to/from Auckland CBD, Private Auckland Airport (AKL) Transfers for Auckland, Auckland Skydive .

What are the top hotels in Auckland?

There are 1348 Hotels in Auckland which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Auckland are Warblers Retreat, Ferrymead Gardens, Longview Villa, 6 Gunson Street, The Grange, Coast Retreat Muriwai - Walk to the Beach!. You can see all the hotels in Auckland here
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