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Things to do in Auckland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Auckland's Art Gallery is located in the city, a bus (25 mins) or uber (10 mins) away. Features permanent and rotating collections.”
  • 202 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com”
  • 158 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz”
  • 128 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Such an interesting place, has something to interest everyone. "With daily Māori cultural performances and internationally significant Māori and Pacific collections to explore, the Auckland Museum is a must-see place to experience our rich culture. Auckland Museum is housed in an historical building within a tranquil park which has beautiful views of the harbour. It is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand's history and stories. Since 1929, the Museum has also served as place of remembrance for the many Aucklanders who have sacrificed their lives in war. Whether you have an hour spare or a whole day, you will gain a deep understanding of New Zealand culture and heritage by visiting the iconic Auckland Museum!"”
  • 157 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Located smack dab in the middle of Auckland’s Central Business District is New Zealand’s tallest building. Standing 328m high, the Sky Tower is an icon of Auckland’s sky line and is the adrenaline hub of the city.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“Ponsonby is a destination strip of restaurants and bars. It is a 5 min uber ride, or a pleasant 30 min walk away”
  • 187 locals recommend
Park
“Sprawling grassy fields with a view up to the Auckland War Memorial Museum , this space is often used for public events, sports and casual social gatherings. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Expansive park with sheep and cows, great for walks and/or picnics. Lovely treelined paths and gardens.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Dentist's Office
“Auckland’s biggest beach area and is very popular among people who want to chill. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“One of the biggest shopping malls of New Zealand with all the big names under one roof including supermarket”
  • 83 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Views, black sands, wild swims (or not!), and surfing. Enjoy an invigorating walk on the beach and excellent light food and drinks at the surf club afterwards (open in summer). In winter it's wild and you'll feel you have been fully communing with the elements. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Beautiful seaside village, has good food and shops. A beautiful park where you can have a picnic and watch boats and action on the waterfront. Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Wynyard Quarter is a reclaimed piece of land on the Waitematā Harbour at the western edge of the Auckland waterfront”
  • 116 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Visit one of the most popular islands of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands that has so much offer. Enjoy checking out art galleries, lunch with a view or simply relax on one of the island’s white-sand​ beaches. There is a variety for trails for hikers and explorers. Waiheke is also known for its wineries. You can visit them for wine tasting or lunch. Regular ferries to Waiheke Island run from Princes Wharf (Viaduct area) and take from 35-45 minutes. Official site: www.waiheke.co.nz Ferry Tickets: www.fullers.co.nz”
  • 171 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Excellent views of the Auckland Harbour, lots of restaurants and bars with great sea views for a great day out. Would recommend taking public transport/Uber here as parking can be hard to find/expensive.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Explore life under the water at this top family attraction. Observe huge aquariums with aquatic life including sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays. Kelly Tarlton’s also houses an Antarctic Encounter gallery, complete with a snow-filled penguin enclosure, highlighting New Zealand’s close association with Antarctica’s international scientific communities. For those looking to raise their adrenaline levels, the aquarium’s Shark Dive and Shark Cage Snorkel experiences are offered. Official site: www.kellytarltons.co.nz”
  • 66 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“Ponsonby is a destination strip of restaurants and bars. It is a 5 min uber ride, or a pleasant 30 min walk away”
  • 187 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The food was absolutely amazing and such a good astrosphere to have dinner in(normally closed in midnight)”
  • 62 locals recommend
Brewery
“Local beer brewery just 20mins drive away. Great atmosphere and all day dining. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a wonderful restuarant (our favourite in Auckland), with incredible flavours, service and decor. It is modern Italian inspired, and the menu changes daily depending on what's in season. If you're looking for a fun night out as a couple or family, this is a great place.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bistro
“Delicious Italian food on K Road, really fun vibe - yummy pasta, Good Happy Hour with seats outside.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“NZ chef Al Brown’s take on an old-school NYC Jewish delicatessen. Very delicious and reasonably priced with sumptuous selection of desserts. Choose any 3 great desserts for only $20 such as banoffee pie, NY cheesecake & lemon meringue pie. What’s not to love!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I’ve been going to this restaurant for over 30 years. Beautiful Italian food. You can’t go wrong. No bookings so get there early. ”
  • 49 locals recommend

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