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Top Choice Volcano in Auckland

One Tree Hill

This volcanic cone was the isthmus’ key pā 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 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 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…
Top Choice Gallery in Auckland

Wallace Arts Centre

Housed in a gorgeous 1879 mansion with views to One Tree Hill and the Manukau Harbour, this arts centre is endowed with contemporary New Zealand art from an extensive private collection, which is changed every four …
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 Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate

Up a winding driveway framed by grapevines, Waiheke's newest vineyard restaurant and tasting room channels an Iberian ambience, but the savvy and diverse menu effortlessly covers the globe. Secure a spot under rusti…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Sidart

No one in Auckland produces creative degustations quite like Sid Sahrawat. It's food as art, food as science but, more importantly, food to fire up your taste buds, delight the brain, satisfy the stomach and put a s…
Top Choice Irish Pub in Great Barrier Island

Currach Irish Pub

This excellent pub offers craft beer, seafood, steak and burgers, and is GB's main social centre. Wood-fired pizza combines with an alfresco salad bar, and there are regular live gigs with a Gaelic and folky bent. S…
Top Choice Gallery in Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery

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 with important works by Pieter Bruegel the Younger, Guido Ren…
Top Choice Thai in Auckland

Saan

Hot in both senses of the word, this super-fashionable restaurant focuses on the fiery cuisine of the Isaan and Lanna regions of northern Thailand. The menu is conveniently sorted from least to most spicy and split …