Auckland Sights

You can get around city center and the suburbs close to the harbor like Ponsonby, Devonport, and Parnell, on foot, by bus, and by ferry. Elsewhere, Auckland is not as easy to explore. The neighborhoods and suburbs sprawl from the Waitemata and Manukau harbors to rural areas, and complicated roads, frequent construction, and heavy traffic can make road travel a challenge. Still it's best to have

a car for getting between neighborhoods and some city center sights. What might look like an easy walking distance on a map can turn out to be a 20- to 30-minute hilly trek, and stringing a few of those together can get frustrating.

If you're nervous about driving on the left, especially when you first arrive, purchase a one-day Link Bus Pass that covers the inner-city neighborhoods and central business district (CBD) or, for a circuit of the main sights, a Discovery Pass. Take a bus to get acquainted with the city layout. Getting around Auckland by bus is easy and inexpensive. The region's bus services are coordinated through the Maxx Service, which is slowly moving the city’s trains and ferries to an integrated ticketing system; its website can provide door-to-door information, including bus route numbers, to most places in the greater Auckland area. Timetables are available at most information centers.

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Rangitoto Island

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When Rangitoto Island emerged from the sea in a series of fiery eruptions 600 years ago, it had an audience. Footprints in the ash on...

Sky Tower

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This 1,082-foot beacon is the first place many Aucklanders take visiting friends to give them a view of the city. Up at the main observation...

St. Mary's Church in Holy Trinity

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Gothic Revival wooden churches don't get much finer than this one. Built in 1886, it was commissioned by the early Anglican missionary...

Stonyridge Vineyard

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

This vineyard has followers all over the world. The Stonyridge Larose, made from the classic bordeaux varieties, is excellent. Call before...

Takapuna Beach

  • Beach–Sight

You'll see some of New Zealand's most expensive houses along Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore. If architecture (or being nosey)...

Te Motu Vineyard

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The friendly Dunleavy family started planting vines in 1989. Now their Te Motu Bordeaux blend, which is made only when conditions are...

Tiritiri Matangi

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You can see rare native birds up close at Tiritiri Matangi, a bird sanctuary open to the public and accessible by ferry from Auckland...

Villa Maria Winery

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This winery has grown from a small company founded by the Fistonich family to one of the country's biggest producers, with a wide range...

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

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New Zealand's rich seafaring history is on display at this marina complex on Auckland Harbour. The collection includes Pacific and Māori...

Waiheke Island

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Once a sleepy spot, summer vacation retreat, and hippie haven, with beach houses dotting its edges, now this island sports the vacation...