Top 10 things to do in Auckland


Auckland is a beautiful city with heaps to see and do. There are many corners to explore both within the city and in its surrounds but here’s some of our favourites.

  1. Visit a West Coast beach and enjoy the dramatic natural beauty, visit Arataki Visitors Centre and some coastal Kauri forest. West Coast beaches include Bethels Beach (Te Henga), Piha, Karekare, and Murawai. 

  1. Explore the waterfront at Wynyard Quarter, enjoy some seafood form the Auckland Fish Market, soak up some live music in Silo Park and have a drink at one of Wynyard Quarters many bars and restaurants.

  1. Visit beautiful Waiheke Island, beach comb, bush walk, and enjoy world class wineries. Great for a day trip or visit for a few days. The island has a great public transport network. Ferries leave frequently from downtown Auckland.                                                                                                                                                               

  1. For incredible views of the city either walk up Maungawhau (Mt Eden), an amazing cone volcano located in the central city suburb of Mount Eden or head up the Sky Tower.                                

  1. Explore the inner city, head up the Sky Tower, wander through Albert Park, visit the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki, and shop and dine in the trendy Britomart Precinct.

  1. Visit one of Auckland’s premier attractions including Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquariam, Auckland Zoo, Rainbow’s End or the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The museum is a great place to explore Māori culture and history, pre and post colonisation.

  1. Travel out to South Auckland and visit the tranquil surrounds of the Auckland Botanic Gardens and immerse yourself in Pacific culture at Mangere Arts Centre. Time your visit with a Saturday morning to visit the amazing Otara Markets.                                                               

  1. For a lovely day trip out of the city, especially on a Saturday, visit Matakana Farmers Markets, eat fish and chips by the sea in Leigh, and if you don’t mind getting a little off the beaten track head out to Tawharanui Regional Park for stunning coastline, bird sanctuary, and walking tracks.

  1. Catch a ferry from downtown Auckland to the leafy seaside suburb of Devonport and explore the shops and cafes or for the more intrepid spend the day exploring the volcanic surrounds of Rangitoto Island.

  1. Explore the Auckland Domain and the Winter Garden and then head down to the bars and cafes of Parnell with great views over the central city.

A note about accessibility:

Accessibility is protected under New Zealand law. All premier attractions, public venues, and public transport operators will have disability access. Maungawhau has vehicle access for people with disabilities although it will need to be arranged in advance by calling Auckland Council on 09 379 1340.