What to do in Auckland

What to do in Auckland

1. Kayak to a volcanic island

Hire a kayak and paddle out to Rangitoto Island, a dormant volcano not far from downtown Auckland (you can also get there by ferry). Walk up the old lava flows to the summit for spectacular views across the harbour and back to the city.

2. Walk across the country in 5 hours

The Coast to Coast Walkway crosses New Zealand’s narrowest neck of land. Start in Viaduct Harbour on Auckland’s east coast and travel west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes to finish 16km later at Manukau Harbour.

3. Swim in the east, then surf in the west

With our two coastlines so close, you can take a dip at one of Auckland’s east coast beaches in the morning, then grab a surfboard and head to the west coast’s rugged black-sand surf beaches for the afternoon. Or the other way around!

4. Day trip to an isle of wine

Just a 35-minute ferry ride and you’re in Waiheke Island, Auckland’s island of wine. This slice of paradise is a haven of beautiful island beaches and some 30 wineries. Join a wine tasting tour and linger over a vineyard lunch, with gorgeous views to match.

5. Visit the world’s largest penguin colony exhibit

Catch these cuties at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium, as well as the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, the biggest species of stingray on the globe, and an underwater aquarium of colourful fish. Watch the sharks at feeding time – or book your own shark dive.

6. See the world’s largest collection of Māori taonga

Discover more than 1000 taonga (treasures) at the Auckland Museum – the largest collection in New Zealand (and the world). From small precious artefacts to an original full-size marae (meeting house) and waka (canoe), this is a fascinating glimpse into early Māori culture.

7. Rediscover a lost island

Once a private rehabilitation centre, Rotoroa Island was re-opened to the public in 2005 after nearly 100 years. Wander through the new exhibition centre and museum, visit the historic chapel and jail house, and walk along beautiful white-sand beaches and bush trails.

8. Visit the world’s only island Dark Sky Sanctuary

Not only is Great Barrier Island a place of incredible beauty, it’s also the first island in the world to be designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – joining only two other locations. The island is off the grid and with minimal outdoor lighting, it’s a dream destination for stargazers to take in the stunning night skies.

9. Jump off the Sky Tower

Get your heart pumping with SkyJump – New Zealand’s highest base jump – or the incredible SkyWalk, where you’ll walk around the exterior of the Sky Tower with nothing between you and the ground but a rope and a 1.2m – wide platform – this is extreme sightseeing at its best.

10. A city built on an active volcanic field

Yes it’s an active field but don’t worry, Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones are dormant (the last eruption was about 600 years ago). They’re the most distinctive features of our landscape, providing beautiful green spaces, walking trails, picnic spots and the best views in the region.

11. Fine Art Tours

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  • Bespoke walking tours of Auckland City
  • Can tailor make a tour that includes either culture, food, history, shopping

12. Ananda Tours

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  • One stop shop for everything Waiheke including lunch bookings, transfers and a unique tour of the island
  • Jenny runs a family owned business and has been on the island for over 25 years
  • They are used to working with various budgets and high end clients

13. Bikeman

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  • A great and fun transfer option
  • Two people to a bike

14. Kauri Bay Boomrock

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  • Ollie and his team deliver fantastic experiences on a high end 500 acre Clevedon working farm
  • Beautiful venue perched on a cliff.  Their food and beverage is top notch!
  • Activities available such as cooking challenge, pamper session, archery, wine tasting (for a more female dominated group!)
  • Allow one hour drive each way  

15. Explore – Americas Cup Sailing

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  • 25 people to a boat and there can be up to 2 x boats or you can just have one boat
  • Original Americas Cup racing boats
  • Group participation is encouraged
  • Minimum is 1 hour but you can sail up to 2 hours