Art & Culture

Auckland Art Gallery Best of NZ art plus an international collection.

Civic Theatre Musicals, concerts and film screenings; check out the gorgeous interior.

Pasifika Festival Massive festival held in March at Western Springs Park.

Auckland Arts Festival Brings 'theatre, dance, music, circus and dreams' to NZ.

Auckland Pride Festival Auckland's LGBTI community waves the rainbow flag with art, music and events.

Wallace Arts Centre Contemporary Kiwi art – with views.

Real Groovy Epicentre for rare vinyl, plus mags, clothes and concert tickets.

Royal Jewellery Studio Work by local artists, some pieces crafted in pounamu (greenstone).

Parks & Gardens

Bastion Point As the name suggests, a headland but with gorgeous gardens.

Auckland Domain Bang in the centre of town you could easily spend the day wandering these grounds.

Coast to Coast Walkway Not exactly a garden but this walk takes you off the main streets through parks.

Wintergarden Inside the Domain – thaw out in the tropical house in winter.

Eden Garden A peaceful sanctuary with mature gardens in a former quarry.

Parnell Rose Garden Best from November to March when these flowers are in bloom.

Albert Park Next to the university with benches to sit on and a fountain.

Auckland Botanic Gardens Not easily accessible without a car – for enthusiasts.

History

Auckland Museum A war memorial, this museum also includes Pacific Island and Māori artefacts.

New Zealand Maritime Museum Learn how seafaring is in the Kiwi DNA.

Auckland Heritage Festival Tours of neighbourhood historic buildings.

Auckland Ghost Tours Who doesn't like a haunting?

Old Government House Stately despite the wood.

Highwic Example of 19th-century Gothic architecture.

Ewelme Cottage Well-preserved colonial house.

Getting on the Water

Auckland Sea Kayaks Paddle the harbour at sunset.

Riverhead Ferry Tours of the harbour and gulf.

Explore Offers yacht cruising or a harbour dinner trip.

Fullers Harbour tours plus boats to Devonport and Waiheke Island.

Rapu NZ Surf'n'Snow Tours Surfing course packages.

Glass Bottom Boat Tours Tour the Goat Island Marine Reserve.