Top Choice Volcano in Auckland

Mt Eden

From the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m) the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep) is known as Te Ipu Kai a Mataaho (the Food Bowl of Mataaho, the god of th…
Top Choice Volcano in Auckland

One Tree Hill

This volcanic cone was the isthmus’ key pa and the greatest fortress in the country. At the top (182m) there are 360-degree views and the grave of John Logan Campbell, who gifted the land to the city in 1901 and req…
Top Choice Gallery in Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery

Following a significant 2011 refurbishment, Auckland's premier art repository now has a striking glass-and-wood atrium grafted onto its 1887 French-chateau frame. It showcases the best of NZ art, along with importan…
Top Choice Museum in Auckland

Auckland Museum

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 Auckland skyline, especially when viewed from the harbou…
Top Choice Gallery in Auckland

Wallace Arts Centre

Housed in a gorgeous 1879 mansion with views to One Tree Hill and the Manukau Harbour, the Wallace Arts Centre is endowed with contemporary New Zealand art from an extensive private collection, which is changed ever…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Leigh

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Only 3km from Leigh, this 547-hectare aquatic area was established in 1975 as the country’s first marine reserve. In less than 40 years the sea has reverted to a giant aquarium, giving an impression of what the NZ c…
Historic Building in Auckland


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.
Park in Auckland

Auckland Domain

Covering about 80 hectares, this green swathe contains the Auckland Museum, sports fields, interesting sculpture, formal gardens, wild corners and the Wintergarden, with its fernery, tropical house, cool house, cute…
Historic Building in Auckland

Ewelme Cottage

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


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