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 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mission Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Mission Bay off Tamaki Drive—about 10 minutes drive from the central city—draws the crowds year-round and summertime can see families and community...Read More

  • 12. Mt. Victoria

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Long before European settlement, this ancient volcano was the site of a Māori pā (fortified village) of the local Kawerau tribe. On the northern...Read More

  • 13. Muriwai Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The black sand of Muriwai Beach is a must for those exploring the West Coast. Combine a trip here with a visit to any of the many wineries in...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Transport & Technology

    Western Springs | Museum/Gallery

    Six km (4 miles) west of Auckland, this is a fantastic place for anyone with a technical bent. A fascinating collection of vehicles, telephones...Read More

  • 15. One Tree Hill

    Parnell | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The largest of Auckland's extinct volcanoes and one of the best lookout points, One Tree Hill, or Maungakiekie, was the site of three Māori...Read More

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  • 16. Parnell Rose Gardens

    Parnell | Garden/Arboretum

    When you tire of boutiques and cafés, take 10 minutes (or more) to gaze upon and sniff this collection of some 5,000 rosebushes. The main beds...Read More

  • 17. Sky Tower

    City Center | Observatory/Planetarium

    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...Read More

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  • 18. 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) isn...Read More

  • 19. Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 20. Wintergarden Pavilion

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Take in the scenery at the Wintergarden Pavilion on Domain Drive. You can have breakfast, brunch, a light lunch, or great coffee from a table...Read More

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