Auckland is one the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. It can be difficult to know where to begin when there is so much to do and see. This is why this list contains the top things to do in Auckland. This is your one-stop shop for Auckland’s city itinerary.
This comprehensive Auckland guide was created by NinaOutAndAbout, who lived in Auckland for one year. This is the ultimate list of top Auckland places by an expert.
Auckland: Fun Activities
There’s plenty to do in Auckland, from exploring its vibrant neighborhoods to taking in the stunning natural scenery, These Auckland activities will make your trip unforgettable!
Are you only spending a few hours in Auckland? The full-day explorer tour takes you to all the top sights of Auckland, including the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Viaduct, Mission Bay and Tamaki Drive, and Mount Eden. You will also be visiting Devonport and North Head, Maungauika, Bastion Point, Achilles Point and Muriwai beach. It’s a day you won’t forget in Auckland. Even if you stay longer, this is a great introduction to Auckland that will help you get to know the city and plan your next trip. Book it now with an easy cancellation if you decide to cancel.
Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge
For stunning views of Auckland’s skyline and harbour, climb to the top Auckland Harbour Bridge. This is one of Auckland’s most popular activities!
It takes approximately 1.5 hours to climb the bridge and is suitable for all levels of fitness. If you are really determined, you can bungee leap off the Harbour Bridge side with AJ Hacket – one of the most popular bungee jumping companies in the world. On your descent, you’ll even be able to splash into the harbour.
Harbour cruises allow you to take in the sights of Auckland Harbour Bridge. After you have seen the iconic sights at Waitemata Harbour, your 2.5-hour sailing adventure includes a 3-course meal.
War Memorial Museum
For history lovers, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a must-see. The museum was established in 1929 and tells the stories about New Zealanders who served in conflicts and wars around the globe.
Residents and holders of work visas are allowed to visit the museum for free. The museum is free to enter and can be filled with visitors on a rainy day. This spot is a favorite on ANZAC Day, which occurs in April and commemorates the gallipoli war effort of Kiwi soldiers. It’s now a national Remembrance Day.
Waiheke Island, a small island located in the Hauraki Gulf is about 40 minutes by ferry from Auckland. Some of New Zealand’s finest wineries and vineyards are located on the island. If you are looking for something a little less formal, this is the ideal place to spend a whole day.
You can also find beautiful hiking trails with breathtaking views of the ocean or native bush.
SkyTower, Auckland’s iconic landmark, is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding structure. The observation deck offers stunning views of Auckland. You can also skywalk or bungee jump around the tower’s exterior.
Sky Jump: Prepare for 11 seconds adrenaline if you choose to do it. It is 192m high and is taller than the Nevis in Queensland. However, this controlled jump can reach speeds of 85 km per hour. Cost: $225
SkyTower is centrally located in Auckland’s CBD (central business district), making it easy to find. It is a popular spot for locals to meet up. It is the site of the largest fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. It was my home, so I could see the fireworks from my kitchen.
New Zealand Maritime Museum
If you are interested in maritime history, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is a great place to visit in Auckland. It has a large collection of artifacts ranging from Maori waka (canoes), to European immigrant vessels. The museum even has a replica Captain James Cook’s Endeavour ship!
It is located right on Auckland’s waterfront making it an ideal spot for a stroll or picnic lunch on the wharf.