Auckland Top 20
Collected by Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
55 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand
Take in million-dollar views of Auckland's skyline on the 15-minute ferry ride to Devonport, a seaside village on the North Shore of Auckland. Window-shop at the boutiques and art galleries along the main street before settling in at a café for a...
1 Sea View Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1840, New Zealand
Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Auckland with a day trip to Waiheke Island. The peaceful little land mass has an ideal climate for growing many grapes, although you'll find syrah and bordeaux blends at its more than a dozen wineries...
Museum Circuit, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Despite its official name, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is as much about New Zealand in peacetime as it is about memorializing lost soldiers. The collection of Maori and Pacific Island treasures includes a war canoe and a 14th-century carving,...
Wellesley St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Go underground to get up close and personal with the sea creatures of the Pacific and Southern Oceans. New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton came up with the idea of using curved acrylic tunnels to view fish swimming overhead, a...
Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Part of the revitalization of the waterfront Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park is a playground for visitors of all ages, especially in the summer months. Friday evenings start festive with a weekly market of food, vintage clothing and entertainment, as...
5-7 Howe St, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Need a break from shopping along Ponsonby Road? Head to Western Park, which spans 20 acres—though it looks much smaller from the road. In addition to a playground and walking trails, the park is dotted with sunken sculptures designed to represent...
85 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Mission Bay, one of Auckland's waterside suburbs, is popular for its easy accessibility to the Central Business District and its variety of cafés with ocean views. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the bay, or take in a movie at the Art Deco...
20 Kiosk Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Located in the Auckland Domain and built on an extinct volcano, the Wintergarden Pavilion consists of two Victorian-era glass buildings housing tropical and temperate plants, and a formal courtyard with sunken pond and fernery. A café is available...
Quay St, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
Learn about New Zealand's long-standing maritime history at this Viaduct Harbour museum, where exhibits tell the stories of the explorers, immigrants, traders and whalers who built the country. For a full nautical experience, book a ride around...
72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland 1345, New Zealand
The Wallace Arts Centre presents a changing collection of modern New Zealand artists. Housed in the 19th-century Pah Homestead "gentleman's residence" within Monte Cecilia Park, the museum also offers picturesque grounds with views of the harbor...
128 Albert St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Auckland's Central Business District may be watched over by the soaring Sky Tower, but it's anchored in heritage architecture along Queen Street. Start at the Edwardian baroque-style Ferry Terminal, built in 1912. Further up the street, the...
22 Jellicoe St, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Go shopping, have a meal or even take a cooking class at the Auckland Fish Market at Viaduct Harbour. Up early? Watch chefs and fishmongers bid at the wholesale fish auction each weekday at 6 a.m. Fresh seafood and smoked fish retailers do...
Rangitoto Island, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Auckland has nearly 50 volcanic cones in and around the city, and Rangitoto is the largest and youngest at 600 years old. Reachable by a 25-minute ferry from downtown, its symmetrical cone is visible from some parts of the city. Once on the...
538 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Karangahape Road—known as K Road—is lined with retro shops, vibrant nightlife and cheap ethnic eats, and connects the commercial heart of the CBD (Central Business District) with more upscale and hip Ponsonby. During the day, shop for vintage...
805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
While most trips to New Zealand highlight the country's natural wonders, MOTAT focuses on the technological innovations and ingenuity of the Kiwis. A large aviation, steam-power and vehicular collection details New Zealand's transportation...
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
What better way to experience the City of Sails than by actually sailing? Learn the ropes aboard an America's Cup yacht, where the two-hour sailing trips—three hours with a match race—can be as hands-on (or -off) as you like. Hear about the...
Auckland, New Zealand
To the west of Auckland is the Waitakere Ranges park, with 250 kilometers of walking and hiking trails, beaches and breathtaking views. Get your bearings at the Arataki Visitor Centre, about 40 minutes from the city, and choose your own adventure...
Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Just a 75-minute ferry ride from the city, Tiritiri Matangi is one of the world's most successful conservation projects. It reintroduced a dozen native bird species to the island's lush interior. Explore the stunning scenery to a soundtrack of...