Auckland War Memorial Museum.


Auckland Museum

Top choice in 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 Auckland skyline, especially when viewed from the harbour. Admission packages can be purchased, which incorporate a highlights tour and a Māori cultural performance ($40 to $55).

The displays of Pacific Island and Māori artefacts on the museum's ground floor are essential viewing. Highlights include a 25m war canoe and an extant carved meeting house (remove your shoes before entering). There's also a fascinating display on Auckland's volcanic field, including an eruption simulation, and the upper floors showcase military displays, fulfilling the building's dual role as a war memorial. Auckland's main Anzac commemorations take place at dawn on 25 April at the cenotaph in the museum's forecourt.

Check the website for details of interesting, one-off local and international exhibitions.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Parnell & Newmarket attractions

1. Wintergarden

0.21 MILES

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

2. Auckland Domain

0.24 MILES

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

3. Kinder House

0.27 MILES

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…

4. St Mary's Church

0.31 MILES

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

5. Holy Trinity Cathedral

0.33 MILES

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

6. Ewelme Cottage

0.35 MILES

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

7. Highwic

0.78 MILES

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

8. Parnell Rose Garden

0.82 MILES

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…