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Things to do in Auckland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Auckland's Art Gallery is located in the city, a bus (25 mins) or uber (10 mins) away. Features permanent and rotating collections.”
  • 202 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com”
  • 157 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz”
  • 127 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Once in the city , take a bus to the museum, the winter gardens and the domain ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Located smack dab in the middle of Auckland’s Central Business District is New Zealand’s tallest building. Standing 328m high, the Sky Tower is an icon of Auckland’s sky line and is the adrenaline hub of the city.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“Outdoor strip lined with chic, global cafes & bars, gourmet food vendors & eclectic boutiques.”
  • 184 locals recommend
Park
“Sprawling grassy fields with a view up to the Auckland War Memorial Museum , this space is often used for public events, sports and casual social gatherings. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Expansive park with sheep and cows, great for walks and/or picnics. Lovely treelined paths and gardens.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Dentist's Office
“Some consider Mission Bay to be Aucklands best sandy beach. Located 30 minutes east of Auckland CBD, accessible by bus; Or by a wonderful walk along the coast, soaking up fabulous views of the city especially during sunset. The sheltered, sandy beach at Mission is great for relaxing in the sun and for those looking for a little more activity - the guys at nearby Mission Bay Watersports is on hand for surf, kayak or paddle board rental. Mission Bay has a large number of popular eateries, local brewery bars and cafes and perfect for those looking to spend an entire day out at Mission Bay. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“One of the best Malls in Auckland /NZ with international brands and over 1km long ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills. A laid-back seaside village 45 minutes west of Auckland city, Piha is popular with local kiwis - especially in the summertime.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Beautiful seaside village, has good food and shops. A beautiful park where you can have a picnic and watch boats and action on the waterfront. Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Plaza
“Take a stroll down to the Auckland viaduct, checkout the great bars, restaurants and super yachts down at the busiest part of town. Great at night ”
  • 117 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There is plenty to keep you busy on Waiheke Island. Choose from award-winning wineries, beautiful beaches, jet ski adventures, zip lines and much more.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Weekends Catch a bus and boat on weekend Weekdays a short walk to marina and catch the ferry 25 minute boat ride ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Explore life under the water at this top family attraction. Observe huge aquariums with aquatic life including sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays. Kelly Tarlton’s also houses an Antarctic Encounter gallery, complete with a snow-filled penguin enclosure, highlighting New Zealand’s close association with Antarctica’s international scientific communities. For those looking to raise their adrenaline levels, the aquarium’s Shark Dive and Shark Cage Snorkel experiences are offered. Official site: www.kellytarltons.co.nz”
  • 65 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“Outdoor strip lined with chic, global cafes & bars, gourmet food vendors & eclectic boutiques.”
  • 184 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The food was absolutely amazing and such a good astrosphere to have dinner in(normally closed in midnight)”
  • 62 locals recommend
Brewery
“Fancy yourself a cold beer? This is the place to be on a warm (or cold) afternoon.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a wonderful restuarant (our favourite in Auckland), with incredible flavours, service and decor. It is modern Italian inspired, and the menu changes daily depending on what's in season. If you're looking for a fun night out as a couple or family, this is a great place.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bistro
“Delicious Italian food on K Road, really fun vibe - yummy pasta, Good Happy Hour with seats outside.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“NZ chef Al Brown’s take on an old-school NYC Jewish delicatessen. Very delicious and reasonably priced with sumptuous selection of desserts. Choose any 3 great desserts for only $20 such as banoffee pie, NY cheesecake & lemon meringue pie. What’s not to love!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I’ve been going to this restaurant for over 30 years. Beautiful Italian food. You can’t go wrong. No bookings so get there early. ”
  • 49 locals recommend

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