Fodor's Expert Review Auckland Domain

City Center and Parnell City Park
Free

Saturday cricketers, Sunday picnickers, and any-day runners are some of the Aucklanders who enjoy this rolling, 340-acre park—not to mention loads of walkers, often with dogs. Running trails range from easy to challenging, and organized 10-km (6-mile) runs occur throughout the year. The Domain contains some magnificent sculpture as well as the domed Wintergardens (open daily 10–4), which houses tropical and seasonally displayed hothouse plants. In summer, watch the local paper for free weekend-evening concerts, which usually include opera and fireworks. There are superb views of the city and harbor from the top of the park. Take a bottle of wine and a basket of goodies and join the locals—up to 300,000 per show.  While the Domain is safe during the day it is not a place to be at night unless you're there for a concert with a big crowd.

City Park Green Views Pet Friendly Family Free

Quick Facts

Entrances at Stanley St., Park Rd., Carlton Gore Rd., and Maunsell Rd.
Auckland, Auckland  1052, New Zealand

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