Auckland

10 Must See Places

01Rangitoto Island

Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. An Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history, it's long been a favourite day trip for walkers, and a much loved boating destination.

The popular summit track climbs through the world's largest pohutukawa forest. The peak is 259 metres above sea level, so you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

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02Auckland War Memorial Museum

With the largest maritime collection in New Zealand, the Maritime Museum tells the remarkable stories of epic voyages and journeys that have shaped New Zealand's history and identity.

The Museum's exhibitions explore the history and stories of the Polynesian people's migration across the Pacific, European exploration, immigration and trade, NZ's modern yachting success and our relationship with the Sea.

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03Sky Tower

Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, this tower is more than 300 metres high.

Offering stunning views, along with award winning restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland's CBD.

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04Auckland Domain Wintergardens

Auckland Domain Wintergardens is a treasure of great historic interest. It was designed in the early 1900s in the style of the famous English partnership of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jeckyll and opened in 1913.

Rare and spectacular plants in an ever-changing display can be seen in each of the two barrel-vaulted Victorian style glass houses which face out on to an extensive court yard and sunken pool. One house is heated and shows off lush tropical and heat-loving plants while the other displays temperate plants changing with the seasons.

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05Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand

Set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland. There is lots to see and do all year, including events, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences and more! Every visit to Auckland Zoo helps build a future for wildlife - with money from ticket sales contributing to all the work we do here at the Zoo, but also all around New Zealand and overseas.

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06Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is New Zealand’s most compelling visual arts experience. Enter between majestic kauri (native tree) columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings.

Experience world-class touring exhibitions, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of traditional and contemporary international works and discover the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art right in the heart of Auckland city.

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07Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans.

For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!

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08Viaduct Harbour

Located in the heart of Auckland City Viaduct Harbour is amazing first class residential, commercial and entertainment area. Full of life during the daytime and nighttime, Viaduct Harbour is where Auckland city meets the ocean.

Visitors can explore New Zealand’s rich maritime history at the fascinating Voyager Maritime Museum, cruise the harbour on a luxury yacht, view the super yachts berthed in the harbour and enjoy the world class hospitality at the many delicious restaurants and bars that line the water's edge.

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09Museum of Transport and Technology

Or MOTAT for short is a fun, interactive, and educational experience. Explore our fascinating exhibitions telling stories of the history and development of New Zealand transport, technology and Kiwi ingenuity.

Visit the original Pumphouse, wander through our historic village or ride the heritage tram to our Aviation Display Hall which houses one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere.

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10North Head Historic Reserve

Take a self-guided walk through tunnels and other features of the area's military history. Its commanding views over the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour have made it an important lookout and defence site for centuries.

The maunga/mountain was the site of one of a number of defence forts that were rapidly set up in the late 1800s to defend Auckland from a feared Russian attack. The fort was later expanded as part of Auckland's coastal defence system during World Wars I and II.

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