Top 7 things to do in Auckland
Get cozy with all the kiwi charm of Auckland’s culture, seafood, history and natural beauty. Only visiting for a few days? Be sure to hit these must-sees while in town.
1. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Opened in 1985, the aquarium was built from underground sewage tanks along the waterfront. Drifting through the clear acrylic tunnels, guests experience wildlife from all angles.
4. Auckland War Museum
This New Zealand icon houses a vast collection of natural, indigenous and military history from the region. You can even catch a daily Maori cultural performance here.
5. Auckland Art Gallery
Home of the largest collection of contemporary and traditional art in the country, a visit to the gallery is a treat for obvious reasons—the free entry is an added bonus.
7. Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. An icon of the Auckland skyline, a trip to the top offers an unforgettable view.
Frequently asked questions about Auckland
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Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in Auckland?
It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.
How to pack?
Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.
Good to know
- English and Maori
- NZD ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+12:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- April and October fall just outside peak tourist season, so prices will be lower, but you'll still get lots of sunshine and warm weather!
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What people are saying about Auckland
Tam was an amazing guide, and all the wineries were absolutely beautiful. Even though it's winter it wasn't too cold and the views were still stunning. We took some great photos, found some new favourite wine, tried oyster shots, and learned a lot about wine and Waiheke (but not so much that it was overwhelming, just the right amount of lighthearted storytelling). If you're not looking to take photos of the vines (they're dormant in winter) then winter is a great time to visit and feel like you have the wineries all to yourself, it's a real experience! Thanks again to Tam and Enjoi, we had a great time
Everything was so well organized. Highly recommend taking a guided walk, you get so much information from the guides. The birdlife is incredible. The bell birds were deafening! The island is just a wonderful experience for young and old. Average fitness will suffice, tracks can be a bit steep, and there are steps, but the pace is leisurely, as you stop for a talk every few minutes. The guides are enthusiastic volunteers, and are full of knowledge. Tip: do put your back pack on the trailer and pick it up after your guided walk. Saves your back!
We loved the hobbiton movie set what made it better was really -David, Our tour (bus) guide from AUCKLAND SCENIC TOURS. He was extremely social. Very accomodating. we enjoyed his charisma! It made our trip a whole lots better! When we got tot he scene he was happy to help and took us to all the right places to take lots of photos! Definitely would recommend going with Auckland scenic tours if you’re wanting to see the hobbiton movie set!
Driver from Akl to Hobbiton is very friendly & personable. As an added bonus, he is an expert at taking good pics lol. The staff are also friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself is so magical, if your a Tolkien geek you will love it!!! A++++++++ service
Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.