Auckland Tourist Attractions: Best Things to do in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city and it boasts some of the country’s best museums and cultural institutions like the Auckland war memorial museum, and the Auckland art gallery. There are many things to do in Auckland from the family-friendly attractions to nature lovers attractions, you will surely love this city.

best things to do in Auckland
best things to do in Auckland

Top 15 Tourist Spots and best things to do in Auckland


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Go sightseeing in the Motutapu Island

Motutapu Island by Ingolfson via Wikipedia CC
Motutapu Island By Ingolfson – Self-photographed, Public Domain

The island is part of Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park and it is 178 million years old. The is a tourist attraction where you will get to see beautiful native birds like the rare Tieke. This is the oldest landmass in the area and the island has numerous walking trails like the gun emplacements from WWII and also tunnels and other WWII sites. The highlight of the tour is to get a Ngai Tai tribal guides who will share their traditional knowledge about the island’s history.

Go hiking on Mt William Walkway

Mt William Walkway by Beren Ackers via Wikipedia CC
Mt William Walkway by Beren Ackers via Wikipedia CC

The walkway is found on the Waikato side of the Bombay Hills and the walkway is an advanced hiking trail which provides magnificent views from the top of Mount William. There are two sections on this mountain, a trail is 2.5km and it leads to the summit while the other extends for 2km along rolling farmland.

Have fun at Auckland’s oldest park

Auckland Domain
Auckland Domain

Visit Auckland oldest park called Domain is one of the things that you should do while you are on vacation. The park is among the most beautiful parks with open spaces, stately trees, formal gardens, miniature waterfalls, and leafy walks. The park is ideal for strolling, picnics, jogging, sports and you will also enjoy free music events here.

Go sightseeing at Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve

Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve photo by Digna Subido via FB
Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve photo by Digna Subido via FB

The reserve is found on a 25-hectare sandbar which stretches out into the Tamaki Estuary, this is a stunning wetland habitat and nature reserve. The highlight of the reserve is that it is steeped in Maori history and it is an excellent place to see a variety of native birds. If you want to watch birds, you should get familiar with the tides as the best time to see wading birds is between full-time and half-tide from November to March. You can walk around the three main trails in the reserve and it will take up to 90 minutes to walk around the entire area.

Visit Myers Park

Myers Park in Auckland by Ingolfson via Wikipedia CC
Myers Park in Auckland by Ingolfson via Wikipedia CC

This is situated in central Auckland and it is popular for its steep grassy slopes and beautiful mixture of exotic and local trees, if you are interested in architecture or history, you should check out the Kauri caretaker’s cottage which dates back to 1850s and the children can play at the playground. Other things to do here is to see the replica of Michelangelo’s Moses which is a granite sculpture of five goats gifted by the city of Guangzhou in China. There are also several bronze statues that portray native shorebirds that you can see.

Explore the Highwic

Highwic House photo by Ingolfson via Wikipedia CC
Highwic House photo by Ingolfson via Wikipedia CC

The house dated back to 1962 and it was a former home of the English immigrant and prosperous businessman Alfred Buckland. The house was built in the American Carpenter Gothic style and the feature of the house are an elegant ballroom, old-fashioned kitchen, numerous outbuildings like a billiard house, manicured Victorian themed grounds and stables. You will get to see the antique coal range lit and used for cooking on the first Wednesday of the month.

Jump off the Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower Bungee Jump
Auckland Sky Tower Bungee Jump

If you are a thrill seeker, then you this is a fun activity that you should try out. You can walk around the outside ring of the sky tower which is 192m high from the floor. You will have a mind-blowing view of the city which will take your breath away. You will jump off the sky tower to land on the bull’s eye below and you will have a video and photo while doing so and you can even go back up and enjoy the scenic view of the city in your comfort zone.

Have fun with your kids at Rainbow’s end theme park

Enchanted Forest Log Flume at Rainbows End Theme Park photo via Wikipedia CC
Enchanted Forest Log Flume at Rainbows End Theme Park photo via Wikipedia CC

The park is located in Manukau and this is one of the main Auckland’s tourist attraction. It has over 20 rides and attractions which will give you and your friend maximum fun. You can try out the big five Thrill rides if you are looking for the thrill ride. You should also let your kids 8 years and under visit the Kidz kingdom to have fun, it is also a popular spot for kids’ birthday party.

Go sightseeing at the Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Shop in Auckland photo via FB
Crystal Mountain Shop in Auckland photo via FB

This is a 40-acre property that is located on the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. This is a home to the largest selection of minerals and crystals in New Zealand. Tourist will marvel at the numerous rare and beautiful specimens that are on display and you can purchase your own unique souvenirs from the on-site gift shop. Your kids can also get their own treasures if they participate in an interactive activity about the old method of panning for crystals. Your kids will also the animal park where there are many activities that they can do like pony rides, bungee trampoline, and tractor rides.

Visit West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House

West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House
West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House

This takes up 4.5 acres of land and it is built and run by volunteers. There are pathways that pass through the scenic landscaped gardens and there are a lot of picnic tables that are all over the grounds. You can explore the Butterfly house which homes up to hundreds of butterflies which is between the months of December and April. You will have to book in advance in a group of 10 or more.

Explore the Alan Gibbs Farm

Horizons by Neil Dawson photo by Nita via Wikipedia CC
Horizons by Neil Dawson photo by Nita via Wikipedia CC

Alan Gibbs is one of New Zealand’s leading art collector as he turned his 990-acre farm into the largest outdoor sculpture collection in the country. This is one of the top tourist attraction that you should try and visit while in Auckland and its highlights are specially commissioned pieces which incorporate numerous aspects of the landscape, sculptures of exotic animals like giraffes and emus, a life-size Wild West town, and a sculpture that is built around the world’s largest Tesla coil. The farm is open to the public one day every month and the number of guests is limited and you are going to book for your visit in advance if you want to come here.

Visit Kiwi Valley Farm Park

Kiwi Valley Farm Park
Kiwi Valley Farm Park

This is a tourist attraction which is excellent for the entire family to interact with farm animals like goats, dogs, pigs, and donkeys. Other animals that are found here are a possum, water buffalo, and an emu. The highlight of the tour is the unlimited pony and horse ride, free tractor rides if the weather is okay, access to a special maze. You can arrange for birthday parties and other events if you book in advance.

Go for wine tasting at Foxes Island

Foxes Island Wines
Foxes Island Wines

The foxes island wines was founded in 1992 and it is popular for its limited production handmade wines which are carefully produced by expert winemaker John Belsham. You can visit the tasting room in downtown Auckland where you will be offered a chance to sample and purchase the vineyard’s current releases, library wines, and limited releases. You will also like how the room is decorated with beautiful local art, and there is numerous jewelry, wine-related accessories, and artwork that is available for sale.

Have fun at Odyssey Sensory Maze

Odyssey Sensory Maze Auckland
Odyssey Sensory Maze Auckland

You and your kids will surely have a nice time. Tourist at this maze will be sent on a challenging journey of sensory exploration while they pass through different physical obstacles, strange sensations, sound, and lighting effects while they try to find their way out. The maze is suited for people aged 8 or above.

Explore Britomart

La Cigale French Market photo via FB
La Cigale French Market photo via FB

This is located on 16 acres of land close to the Waitemata Harbor and it is among the largest collections of heritage buildings in the city. The highlights of the Britomart is the Parisian-inspired farmer’s market which is known as La Cigale which opens every Saturday and Sunday morning. There are over 200 local businesses here and you can try out the gourmet restaurants or go to the lively bars and the specialty coffee shops to get some drink, or you can shop for designers’ shirts and bags at designer boutiques.

Auckland Museum
Auckland Museum

Auckland has loads of fun tourist attractions and activities to do and once you visit this city, you will see for yourself why many people all over the world have fallen in love with this beautiful city.

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