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Things to do in Auckland

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The top 45 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nature Reserves in Auckland
Waitakere Natural Park
Located 30 kilometres west of Auckland, Waitakere Natural Park includes over 16,000 hectares of native forest and coast. It has over 250km of forest tracks, and includes fantastic beaches, stunning views, spectacular rivers and waterfalls, cliffs, and lush flora and fauna. The most popular parts are the black sand beaches like Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Te Henge / Bethells, which offer great waves for surfers. Running, walking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, relaxing, surfing, cycling ... you're sure to find something to suit you here, and ARC's Operation ForestSave, the regulator of the natural parks of the Auckland region since 1998, has done a great job offering information to visitors. The information centre is a must. The arrival of Europeans in 1830 led to major changes in the area. The forest industry and subsequently the implementation of farms resulted in massive logging, which even today has not been completely reset. But the Maori maintained their strong spirital ties to the land, inheriting the role of kaitiaki ('gatekeepers') from their ancestors. The history of the area is represented through "whenua pu" wood carvings scattered throughout the park. For movie lovers, some scenes of "The Piano" were shot here.
Of Touristic Interest in Auckland
Mr Barber
A good choice for backpackers and other budget conscious people. This hairdressing school offers free haircuts every day in a two hour window. There are more than 20 chairs where students cut hairs under the watchful eyes of their teachers, who correct them and giving the finishing touches.
Harbors in Auckland
Devonport Villa Inn
When you think you've seen everything Auckland has to offer, get to the harbour and take a boat and you'll realise that there's so much more! The cheapest ferry to take you somewhere is to Devonport, a neighbourhood on the north shore, where you'll find Mount Victoria. Up here, you can enjoy one of the finest sunsets in the world over the Auckland skyline.
Festivals in Auckland

The best things to do in Auckland

Many of the things to see in Auckland are well marked on the city's skyline. First the ocean, then a little further along the Sky Tower, the tallest building in New Zealand and a modern symbol of the city's urban part. You have to visit both of these Auckland attractions in order to truly understand the city.

If you are wondering what to do in Auckland, climb the 328 meter Sky Tower, where you'll get the best view of the city. It's awesome to go up at sunset. For the adventurous, there are more Auckland activities: discover the city by bungee jumping off the Sky Tower!

After that thrill you can relax at the marina.

Of all the places to visit in Auckland you shouldn't forget all the bars in this area. There are many places full of atmosphere where friends meet after work. Many offer Happy Hour when the workday ends, making grabbing a beer at this time one of the most enjoyable things to do in Auckland.

The curious can also learn more about the city, New Zealand, and Maori culture at the Museum of Auckland and the Auckland Art Gallery. These two attractions in Auckland will teach you more about their origins and traditions. When you're tired, take a rest in the Auckland Domain park or on any of the natural areas that are just outside of the city. Of all the stuff to do in Auckland and around, a visit to the natural spaces is the most impressive. Places like the Natural Park Waitakere should not be missing from your agenda.