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Things to do in Auckland

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The top 63 attractions in Auckland

Museums in Auckland
Auckland Museum
The Auckland Museum is a classic in the city. It was originally simply a war memorial museum but has gradually expanded its content and now has a large section devoted to Maori and Polynesian culture with a cultural show. It also has several rooms dedicated to natural history and temporary exhibitions, where I saw a spectacular exhibition about volcanoes.
Airports in Auckland
Auckland Airport
By necessity I am looking for the airport in New Zealand in order to obtain information on Aerolineas Argentinas flight 1182 , which my daughter is taking to go to Sydney, but has been difficult to find this information. I also see that New Zealand is an interesting country hopefully one day I could visit Thanks. Alejandro Samaca
Bays in Auckland
Mission Bay
Auckland is a very clean city with one of the highest quality of life in the world and the people are very friendly and cosmopolitan. 80% of the population is of European origin. It is one of the best countries I have ever seen. It is organized, clean, and very calm where having a car is like having a bike. I recommend this island.
Cliffs in Cabo Reinga
Reinga Cape
This cape is the furthest point of New Zealand; from here there is nothing more in this beautiful country. Getting here was a treat for the eyes; an endless domino of color all the way up Keri-keri to here. After stopping in random places, we went to the lighthouse of Cape Reinga. It was so wonderful and beautiful that I can't forget it. Visit this place no matter what it will cost you, it is one of the wonderful corners of the world.
Of Cultural Interest in Auckland
Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is the most visited tourist monument in the city of Auckland. This gigantic, 328m tower was inaugurated in 1997. It stands in the city centre, the highlight of a huge tourist complex called Skycity. This area includes a hotel, restaurants and a casino. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Auckland and its surroundings from the viewing platform 222m high. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Sky Tower changes the colour of its lights for certain celebrations, eg red and gold for the Chinese New Year, green for Saint Patrick or blue to support local rugby team Auckland Blues.
Volcanoes in Auckland
Mount Eden
Situated about 5 km from the heart of the city, it is the highest point with views of all of Auckland. It is an ancient volcano (the city has another 4), with a perfect cone at the top. One of the most charming places of the city, the only downside is that it is a little crowded, with too many buses filled with tourists.
Islands in Waiheke
Waiheke Island
This island is the biggest of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. It is 93 square miles long and is 35 minutes away from Auckland if you take a ferry. In the oceanic part of the island there are some of the most lovely sandy beaches in the zone. Another one of the attractions are the vineyards there. The island has 17 wineries that can be visited. The island is home to dozens of galleries and craft shops. It's a nice place to visit for a day.
Of Cultural Interest in Auckland
Kaplan Aspect
This year we offer a new school in New Zealand: Auckland KA. Why choose this school? The English courses here are taught by qualified, experienced, and friendly teachers with ACCET accreditation. There's a wide variety of courses (from General English to Exam Preparation or intensive courses), and it's located in a fascinating country. The course takes place in an elegant neo-Gothic style building that has been renovated to include modern facilities, and is situated in a great location, near Newmarket in a lively area full of bars, shops, cafes and boutiques. Also located near Parnell Village with its unique colonial atmosphere. This English school in Auckland has the following facilities: * 13 spacious classrooms with audiovisual equipment * A library with workspace and wireless access * A common room with tables, chairs, vending machines and a kitchenette so you can prepare your food * 2 green spaces where sporting activities are organised
Gardens in Auckland
Auckland Domain
Auckland is one of the biggest parks in Auckland, where one can find the city museum, a number of rugby pitches and athletics paths. There is also a beautiful forest of ferns, the national plant of New Zealand, and some greenhouses that have a huge variety of tropical plants like orchids and other types of plants such as bananas, peppers, begonias, among others.
Museums in Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (Auckland) was built in 1888. It is the largest institution in New Zealand art, with a collection of over 12,000 works. The oldest dates back to 1376. On the upper floor there are special exhibitions featuring works by New Zealand and international artists.
Zoos in Auckland
Auckland Zoo
If you are lucky and it is a sunny day in Auckland (something that is not very common), an interesting choice to go with kids is to visit the Auckland Zoo. It is very well maintained with many different species, the real protagonist is the native kiwi. Warning: As always, food is expensive, but there is a great picnic area. So bring sandwiches.
Of Cultural Interest in Auckland
New Zealand College
This school is located in a modern building in a fashionable part of Auckland, with cafes, shops, gyms, restaurants, and plenty of tourist and leisure attractions. You'll have easy access to public transport. The school has a really multicultural environment, welcoming students from all over the world: Thailand, Brazil, Spain, Korea, Venezuela, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, etc. This English school in Auckland has very good facilities for the students, including: - A computer room and computers for use in class - Free Internet access - A student lounge with vending machines - A cafeteria - A TV room - Payphones
Villages in Waitakere
The small village of Huia is situated on the bay of the same name. Getting to the village is not very easy, the road is a real roller coaster when it passes through the village of Titirangi. For those who want to go by bike, you should note that on the way there are two particularly steep hills, and the use of an electric bike is highly recommended. The town is located on the eastern side of the bay, and the only business there is the "cafeteria-fishing club-bar-kiosk meeting place" which is at the start of the second beach. They serve possibly the best cup of coffee in all New Zealand. Apart from fishing, one of the recommended activities is bird watching, some such as egrets forage, and can be seen on the beach enjoying the low tide. A beautiful hidden village where you are able to relax, and which could be the perfect starting point for other activities in the beautiful Natural Park of Waitakere.
Of Cultural Interest in Auckland
Point Chevalier
Near Auckland's mall and financial center is the beautiful neighborhood of Point Chevalier, or Point Chev for short. The neighborhood had its beginnings in the early twentieth century, and over the years has become a multicultural neighborhood with different social classes. Its present inhabitants are very community-oriented, and their sense of belonging to the neighborhood is often expressed in conversation. In addition to its proximity to downtown, the neighborhood has one of the most beautiful parks in the city: the Western Springs. The park is also a magnificent gateway to the city zoo. At the end of the street named after the neighborhood, theres the beach where you can relax and watch beautiful sunsets. There are also many activities in the water or on the shore and you can make barbecues in the park at the end. The different styles of architecture in the houses alludes to ​​the different social classes, and the different tastes and needs of its inhabitants.
Islands in Auckland
Tiritiri Matangi Island
This is an island south of Auckland which was deforested in the mid-'80s and a reforestation program run by volunteers began in 1985. It has abundant bird species such as Kiwi Neozelandesas, the Hihi, the Bellbird, the Woodpijein and others. They also have many types of insect and even penguins! All surrounded by amazing views. There is an old lighthouse that has solar panels, it's purpose being to protect all living organisms that inhabit the area. You can take a walk with volunteer guides ve give you lots of information. You can stay up late with no luxuries, just your sleeping bag, and enjoy the environment.
Valleys in Waitakere
Karamatura Valley
For years, the most typical sounds heard within the Karamatura Valley were simply saws and Kauri trees collapsing. Then, Intermittently, from the 1850s to the 1890s, this valley was the center of the forest industry in the region. The Kauri is a gigantic tree, which is indigenous to New Zealand, can have a diameter of as much as 7 meters. Currently, it isn't easy to find one of these trees in the valley due to human activity, natural pests, and an affected population. In the Karamatura area, large Kauri tree trunks were transported to the streams that were seriously damaged, and once there, were let go downstream. Thousands of trees were removed from the forest by draft horses and carriages of tram, in what is now the way in Karamatura. Large logs processed in various mills operating in the valley and Huia Bay. Regeneration of the Kauri in the valley seems slow, but the Kauri adolescents are increasing and are slowly getting back its former habitat. You will see that at the start of the forest tracks, there is a station to disinfect your shoes. For years, a plant pathogen called Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA), has caused the death of thousands of Kauris. The spectacular forests here are known all around the world.
Of Cultural Interest in Auckland
Maori Cultural Performance
Every day there is a Maori cultural show at the Auckland Museum, that lasts around 45 minutes, from May to December 11am, 12 and 1.30pm, and from January to April also at 2.30pm. There are songs, traditional dances, a Haka, weapons, musical instruments and tools used by the Maori people.
Festivals in Auckland
Auckland Lantern Festival
Each year during the first full moon after the Chinese New Year is celebrated in Auckland, specifically in Albert Park, there is held the Chinese Lantern Festival. There are flashlights, martial arts, food tasting, local and foreign artists, etc. My photos are from 2010.