Must-see attractions in Auckland

  • One Tree Hill monument in Auckland, New Zealand.

    One Tree Hill


    Maungakiekie was the largest and most spiritually significant Māori pā (fortified village) prior to British arrival. At the top of this volcanic cone (at…

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    Auckland Museum

    Parnell & Newmarket

    This imposing neoclassical temple (1929), capped with an impressive copper-and-glass dome (2007), dominates the Auckland Domain and is a prominent part of…

  • The entrance of the Auckland Art Gallery (or Toi o Tāmaki in Māori), located below Albert Park in the city centre.

    Auckland Art Gallery

    City Centre & Britomart

    Auckland's premier art repository has a striking glass-and-wood atrium grafted onto its 1887 French chateau frame. It showcases the best of NZ art, along…

  • The Arts House Trust


    Housed in a gorgeous 1879 mansion with views to One Tree Hill and the Manukau Harbour, this arts centre is endowed with contemporary NZ art from an…

  • A large lizard in its enclosure at the Auckland Zoo, New Zealand.

    Auckland Zoo


    At this modern, spacious zoo, the big foreigners tend to steal the attention from the timid natives, but if you can wrestle the kids away from the tigers…

  • Historic cannon on North Head Reserve overlooking Auckland.

    North Head


    North Head was a Māori pā and is still a fortress of sorts, with the navy maintaining a presence. It's riddled with tunnels, started at the end of the…

  • Civic Theatre in Auckland.

    Civic Theatre

    City Centre & Britomart

    The 'mighty Civic' (1929) is one of only seven ‘atmospheric theatres’ remaining in the world and a fine survivor from cinema’s Golden Age. The auditorium…

  • Woman takes photograph from atop Auckland Sky Tower.

    Sky Tower

    City Centre & Britomart

    The impossible-to-miss Sky Tower looks like a giant hypodermic giving a fix to the heavens. Spectacular lighting renders it space age at night and the…

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    Old Government House

    City Centre & Britomart

    Built in 1856, this stately building was the colony's seat of power until 1865 when Wellington became the capital. The construction is unusual in that it…

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    Parnell & Newmarket

    The Wintergarden, with its fernery, tropical house, cool house, cute cat statue and neighbouring cafe, is in the Auckland Domain.

  • Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium


    In this topsy-turvy aquarium sharks and stingrays swim over and around you in transparent tunnels that were once stormwater tanks. You can also enter the…

  • Western Springs


    Parents bring their children to this picturesque park for the popular playground. It’s a pleasant picnic spot and a good place to get acquainted with…

  • New Zealand Maritime Museum

    Viaduct Harbour & Wynyard Quarter

    This museum traces NZ’s seafaring history, from Māori voyaging canoes to the America’s Cup. Recreations include a tilting 19th-century steerage-class…

  • Auckland Domain

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Covering about 80 hectares, this green swath contains the Auckland Museum, sports fields, interesting sculpture, formal gardens, wild corners and the…

  • Lighthouse

    City Centre & Britomart

    Auckland's most recent installation of public art is this replica 'state house' – a form of public housing popular in NZ in the 1930s and 1940s – erected…

  • Albert Park

    City Centre & Britomart

    Hugging the hill on the city’s eastern flank, Albert Park is a charming Victorian formal garden overrun by students from the neighbouring University of…

  • Bastion Point


    Politics, harbour views and lush lawns combine on this pretty headland with a chequered history. An elaborate clifftop garden mausoleum honours Michael…

  • Parnell Rose Garden

    Parnell & Newmarket

    These formal gardens are blooming excellent from November to March. A stroll through Dove-Myer Robinson Park leads to peaceful Judges Bay and tiny St…

  • University Clock Tower

    City Centre & Britomart

    The University Clock Tower is Auckland's architectural triumph. This stately ‘ivory' tower (1926) tips its hat to art nouveau (the incorporation of NZ…

  • St Patrick’s Cathedral

    City Centre & Britomart

    Auckland’s Catholic cathedral (1907) is one of the city's loveliest buildings. Polished wood and Belgian stained glass lend warmth to the interior of the…

  • St Mary's Church

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Next door to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, this wonderful wooden Gothic Revival church (1886) has a burnished interior and interesting stained-glass windows.

  • Torpedo Bay Navy Museum


    The navy has been in Devonport since the earliest days of the colony. Its history is on display at this well-presented and often moving museum, focusing…

  • Mt Victoria


    Mt Victoria was a Māori pā and is still a fortress of sorts, with the navy maintaining a presence.



    This technology boffin's paradise is spread over two sites and 19 hectares. At the Great North Rd site look out for former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s…

  • Holy Trinity Cathedral

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Auckland's Anglican cathedral is a hodgepodge of architectural styles, especially compared to St Mary's Church next door, a wonderful wooden Gothic…

  • Auckland Botanic Gardens


    This 64-hectare park has more than 10,000 plants (including threatened species), dozens of themed gardens and an infestation of wedding parties. By car,…

  • Stardome


    Near the excellent children’s playground, this observatory offers regular stargazing and planetarium shows that aren’t dependent on Auckland’s fickle…

  • Kinder House

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Built of volcanic stone, this 1857 home displays the watercolours and memorabilia of the Reverend Dr John Kinder (1819–1903), headmaster of the Church of…

  • Alberton


    A classic colonial mansion (1863), Alberton featured as a backdrop for some scenes in The Piano. It's a 1km walk from Mt Albert train station.

  • Achilles Point Lookout


    A great vantage point for gazing over Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Traditional Māori carvings honour important historical chiefs.

  • Ewelme Cottage

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Built in 1864 for a clergyman, this storybook cottage is an exceptionally well-preserved example of an early colonial house.

  • Moses

    Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

    This reproduction of Michelangelo's Moses was made from marble from the same quarry as the original.

  • St Stephen’s Chapel

    Parnell & Newmarket

    Tiny St Stephen's Chapel was built for the signing of the constitution of NZ's Anglican Church (1857).

  • Highwic

    Parnell & Newmarket

    A marvellous Carpenter Gothic house (1862), sitting amid lush, landscaped grounds.

  • Aotea Square

    City Centre & Britomart

    The civic heart of the city.

  • Rainbow’s End


    It's a bit dull by international standards, but Rainbow's End has enough rides (including a corkscrew roller coaster) to keep the kids happy all day.

  • Karangahape Road Art Gallery Trail

    Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

    Filling the spaces between ethnic restaurants, hip wine bars and vintage-clothing shops, Karangahape Rd is home to the highest concentration of studios…