Auckland

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 heav
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 a
You can get around city center and the suburbs close to the harbor like Ponsonby, Devonport, and Parnell, on foot, by bu

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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  • 1. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 2. Auckland War Memorial Museum

    Parnell | Museum/Gallery

    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 parks...Read More

  • 3. Goldie Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    First to plant grapes on Waiheke were Kim and Jeanette Goldwater, whose eponymous wines have earned a reputation for excellence. They donated...Read More

  • 4. Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This harborside marine park—the creation of New Zealand's most celebrated undersea explorer and treasure hunter—offers a fish's-eye view of...Read More

  • 5. Rangitoto Island

    Island

    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 its close...Read More

  • 6. Stonyridge Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This vineyard has followers all over the world. The Stonyridge Larose, made from the classic Bordeaux varieties, is excellent and the vintage...Read More

  • 7. Te Motu Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 8. Tiritiri Matangi

    Island

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

  • 9. Waiheke Island

    Island

    Once Waiheke was a sleepy summer vacation retreat, and hippie haven, with beach houses dotting its edges. Now you'll find some 35 vineyards...Read More

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  • 10. Albert Park

    City Center | Park/Playground

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

  • 11. Artisan Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 12. Auckland Domain

    Parnell | Park/Playground

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

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  • 13. Auckland Zoo

    Western Springs | Zoo/Aquarium

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

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  • 14. Babich Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 15. Civic Theatre

    City Center | Arts/Performance Venue

    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...Read More

  • 16. Event Cinemas Metro Centre

    City Center | Building/Architectural Site

    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...Read More

  • 17. Ewelme Cottage

    Parnell | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 18. Ferry Building

    City Center | Marina/Pier/Dock

    This magnificent 1912 Edwardian building continues to stand out on Auckland's waterfront. It's still used for its original purpose, launching...Read More

  • 19. Great Barrier Island

    Island

    Great Barrier Island known, also as Aotea, is the largest in the gulf with a population of around 1,100, and is mostly agricultural. It's popular...Read More

  • 20. KareKare

    Beach–Sight

    Film buffs will recognize KareKare and its black sand from the dramatic opening scenes of The Piano. Its size means you will never feel hemmed...Read More

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