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Auckland City Guidebook

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Auckland City Guidebook

Sightseeing
Visit Sky Tower, the highest building in New Zealand (328 meters high). Snap the perfect city panorama from the observation deck. For those who would like to get their adrenaline going, you can walk around the building’s exterior platform (192 meters high) or sky jump ​off the platform all the way down. Official site: www.skycity.co.nz
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Skytower
72 Victoria St W
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Visit Sky Tower, the highest building in New Zealand (328 meters high). Snap the perfect city panorama from the observation deck. For those who would like to get their adrenaline going, you can walk around the building’s exterior platform (192 meters high) or sky jump ​off the platform all the way down. Official site: www.skycity.co.nz
Walk up Auckland Harbour Bridge which stretches over the Westhaven Marina. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and a fun adventure that will take you under, around, up and over this historic bridge. This suspended span bridge was the last of its kind to be built in the world, comprised of 3000 berths and is the largest in the southern hemisphere. New Zealand is the birth place of bungy jumping, so those who would like to experience that can do that once they reach the top. Official site: www.bungy.co.nz/auckland/auckland-bridge/auckland-bridge-climb/
Auckland Bridge Climb
123 Curran St
Walk up Auckland Harbour Bridge which stretches over the Westhaven Marina. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and a fun adventure that will take you under, around, up and over this historic bridge. This suspended span bridge was the last of its kind to be built in the world, comprised of 3000 berths and is the largest in the southern hemisphere. New Zealand is the birth place of bungy jumping, so those who would like to experience that can do that once they reach the top. Official site: www.bungy.co.nz/auckland/auckland-bridge/auckland-bridge-climb/
The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com
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Auckland Savaş Müzesi
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The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com
Visit one of the most popular islands of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands that has so much offer. Enjoy checking out art galleries, lunch with a view or simply relax on one of the island’s white-sand​ beaches. There is a variety for trails for hikers and explorers. Waiheke is also known for its wineries. You can visit them for wine tasting or lunch. Regular ferries to Waiheke Island run from Princes Wharf (Viaduct area) and take from 35-45 minutes. Official site: www.waiheke.co.nz Ferry Tickets: www.fullers.co.nz
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Waiheke Island
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Visit one of the most popular islands of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands that has so much offer. Enjoy checking out art galleries, lunch with a view or simply relax on one of the island’s white-sand​ beaches. There is a variety for trails for hikers and explorers. Waiheke is also known for its wineries. You can visit them for wine tasting or lunch. Regular ferries to Waiheke Island run from Princes Wharf (Viaduct area) and take from 35-45 minutes. Official site: www.waiheke.co.nz Ferry Tickets: www.fullers.co.nz
Food scene
Visit a local farmers’ market enjoy a freshly made coffee and a bite to eat. It happens every Saturday morning throughout the year, from 8 am​-12noon. The market is located in the carpark of Parnell’s iconic Jubilee Building, on the footsteps of Auckland Domain. Growers, farmers and producers come to the market each week with an extensive range of fresh and seasonal produce. Official site: www.parnell.org.nz/markets/parnell-farmers-market
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Parnell Farmers' Market
545 Parnell Rd
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Visit a local farmers’ market enjoy a freshly made coffee and a bite to eat. It happens every Saturday morning throughout the year, from 8 am​-12noon. The market is located in the carpark of Parnell’s iconic Jubilee Building, on the footsteps of Auckland Domain. Growers, farmers and producers come to the market each week with an extensive range of fresh and seasonal produce. Official site: www.parnell.org.nz/markets/parnell-farmers-market
Mission Bay is a seaside suburb of Auckland city, on the North Island of New Zealand. The suburb’s beach is a popular resort, located alongside Tamaki Drive. The area also has a wide range of eateries. Grab a picnic, blanket, togs (swimsuits​) and enjoy the day at this gorgeous beach or enjoy lunch at one of Mission Bay restaurants overlooking the sea. Official site: www.missionbay.co.nz
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Mission Bay Beach
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Mission Bay is a seaside suburb of Auckland city, on the North Island of New Zealand. The suburb’s beach is a popular resort, located alongside Tamaki Drive. The area also has a wide range of eateries. Grab a picnic, blanket, togs (swimsuits​) and enjoy the day at this gorgeous beach or enjoy lunch at one of Mission Bay restaurants overlooking the sea. Official site: www.missionbay.co.nz
Hip, residential Ponsonby is known for shopping and dining, with stylish boutiques, independent bookshops and trendy cafes along Ponsonby Road. The foodie scene ranges from gourmet taco trucks and burger stands in the market-like space of Ponsonby Central to upscale gastropubs and seafood bistros. Our favourite is Ponsonby Food Court with a variety of food for low pricing. Small galleries showcase Kiwi crafts and edgy modern art​ while buzzing bars specialize in craft beers and cocktails. Official site: www.iloveponsonby.co.nz
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Ponsonby
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Hip, residential Ponsonby is known for shopping and dining, with stylish boutiques, independent bookshops and trendy cafes along Ponsonby Road. The foodie scene ranges from gourmet taco trucks and burger stands in the market-like space of Ponsonby Central to upscale gastropubs and seafood bistros. Our favourite is Ponsonby Food Court with a variety of food for low pricing. Small galleries showcase Kiwi crafts and edgy modern art​ while buzzing bars specialize in craft beers and cocktails. Official site: www.iloveponsonby.co.nz
To Do With Kids
Located in South Auckland (close to the airport), it is an attraction for kids. Immerse yourself in their tropical butterfly house or travel back in time in Dinosaur Kingdom when dinosaurs ruled. Meet Scar and Goldie, NZ’s only salt water crocodiles. There are farm animals, alligators, bugs, a beautiful bird aviary plus check out their latest exhibit Kiwi Forest. Official site: www.butterflycreek.co.nz
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Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce Dr
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Located in South Auckland (close to the airport), it is an attraction for kids. Immerse yourself in their tropical butterfly house or travel back in time in Dinosaur Kingdom when dinosaurs ruled. Meet Scar and Goldie, NZ’s only salt water crocodiles. There are farm animals, alligators, bugs, a beautiful bird aviary plus check out their latest exhibit Kiwi Forest. Official site: www.butterflycreek.co.nz
MOTAT Museum is devoted to the history of technology and transport in NZ. Its exhibits include those relating to NZ aviation pioneer Richard Pearse, 90 Degrees South exhibition dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, old coaches, railroad rolling stock, trams and vintage cars, and a vast collection of black and white photography. Official site: www.motat.org.nz
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Museum of Transport and Technology
805 Great North Rd
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MOTAT Museum is devoted to the history of technology and transport in NZ. Its exhibits include those relating to NZ aviation pioneer Richard Pearse, 90 Degrees South exhibition dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, old coaches, railroad rolling stock, trams and vintage cars, and a vast collection of black and white photography. Official site: www.motat.org.nz
Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
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Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
Explore life under the water at this top family attraction. Observe huge aquariums with aquatic life including sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays. Kelly Tarlton’s also houses an Antarctic Encounter gallery, complete with a snow-filled penguin enclosure, highlighting New Zealand’s close association with Antarctica’s international scientific communities. For those looking to raise their adrenaline levels, the aquarium’s Shark Dive and Shark Cage Snorkel experiences are offered. Official site: www.kellytarltons.co.nz
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
23 Tamaki Dr
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Explore life under the water at this top family attraction. Observe huge aquariums with aquatic life including sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays. Kelly Tarlton’s also houses an Antarctic Encounter gallery, complete with a snow-filled penguin enclosure, highlighting New Zealand’s close association with Antarctica’s international scientific communities. For those looking to raise their adrenaline levels, the aquarium’s Shark Dive and Shark Cage Snorkel experiences are offered. Official site: www.kellytarltons.co.nz

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise
Auckland is known for the beautiful water surrounding it. Kiwis absolutely love spending as much time on the water or by the beach as possible. Getting out on the water should be a must on your itinerary! Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on one of the tours departing from Auckland’s Princess Wharf. Official site: www.whalewatchingauckland.com
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Rangitoto Island
Explore the volcanic terrain of Rangitoto Island on your own or on a guided tour. Depart Auckland on a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf, take a short walk to the island’s summit and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the water and city skyline. Official site: www.doc.govt.nz/rangitoto Ferry Tickets: www.fullers.co.nz
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Wynyard Quarter & Sylo Park
Silo Park is named for the silos that you’ll see on site. The cluster of six silos is Silo 6 and the tall, solo silo is Silo 7 standing at 35m tall. These silos were once used as giant containers to store cement. Today, Silo 6 is an art and exhibition space, and Silo 7 becomes alive at night with Silo Park’s cinema being projected against it walls. It also features an extensive playground for kids, arts and crafts activities and markets during weekends, waterfront restaurants and cafes. Check their website for waterfront night market dates and special themed occasions. www.silopark.co.nz