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 Auckland Transport. You can buy electronic Hop cards which can be used on buses, trains and ferries and 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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Albert Park

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These 15 acres of formal gardens, fountains, and statue- and sculpture-studded lawns are a favorite for Aucklanders, who pour out of...

Artisan Wines

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This producer of high-quality wine uses grapes sourced from around New Zealand. Though it's open daily, coming Saturday is best because...

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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The modernist addition to the Auckland Art Gallery has breathed life and light into a structure built in the 1880s. The soaring glass,...

Auckland Domain

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Saturday cricketers, Sunday picnickers, and morning runners are some of the Aucklanders who enjoy this rolling, 340-acre park—not to...

Auckland War Memorial Museum

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The Māori artifact collection here is one of the largest in the world, housed in a Greek Revival building in one of the city's finest...

Auckland Zoo

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Since the 1990s, this zoo, 6 km (4 miles) west of Auckland, has focused on providing its animals with the most natural habitats possible,...

Babich Wines

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The Babich family has been making wine in New Zealand since 1916, beginning first in the far north, where Josip Babich joined his brothers...

Civic Theatre

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This extravagant art nouveau movie theater was the talk of the town when it opened in 1929, but nine months later the owner, Thomas O'Brien...

Event Cinemas Metro Centre

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If you are struck with inclement weather and need to take in a movie the Metro Centre is worth a look. The architecture references science-fiction...

Ewelme Cottage

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Built between 1863 and 1864 by the curiously named Reverend Vicesimus Lush ( vicesimus is Latin for "20th," his birth order) and inhabited...

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