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Things to do in Auckland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Auckland's Art Gallery is located in the city, a bus (25 mins) or uber (10 mins) away. Features permanent and rotating collections.”
  • 203 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Because it will show some Maori and pacific Isalnd Culture History of the early settlers in NZ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Great day out for kids and adults and yes there is a Kiwi house. Great exhibits which are constantly changing. Walking distance to Western Springs Park and Motat. (14.4km from Tui Glen Road)”
  • 121 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The War Museum showcases NZ global conflicts. It also showcases our natural and cultural history. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Sky Tower is a telecommunications and observation tower in Auckland, New Zealand”
  • 123 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“Ponsonby is a destination strip of restaurants and bars. It is a 5 min uber ride, or a pleasant 30 min walk away”
  • 191 locals recommend
Park
“Sprawling grassy fields with a view up to the Auckland War Memorial Museum , this space is often used for public events, sports and casual social gatherings. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“ One Tree Hill, the largest parkland in Auckland, is the place where people has a lot to do with. You may climb to the summit to have a 360 view of the city. You may also follow the walkways to explore the different parts of the park. By the way, you will see sheeps and cattle. It seems like you are in a real farm. You could see different plants, flowers in different season. You could even pick up some fruits in autumn. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Dentist's Office
“For relaxed seaside dining, take 10 mins bus trip from the city centre along the water's edge to dine out at one of mission bay's popular restaurants, bar, and café. On a hot day, finish off with an ice cream or even a dip in the ocean.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of the biggest shopping malls of New Zealand with all the big names under one roof including supermarket”
  • 84 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“A rugged wild west coast experience featuring black sand. It is a surreal place on a wild windy day or a picture perfect summers day. You really need a car to head out there for a fish n chips at sunset.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Take a 12 mins ferry ride to Devonport, charming seaside village. Stroll to café and art galleries or join a short tour from the wharf.Walk around volvanic cones Mt Victoria and north head,with their historical tunnels and gun emplacements. ***Ferry departs Pier 1 Queen wharf Every 30 mins****”
  • 116 locals recommend
Plaza
“Immediately to the west of Auckland’s Viaduct is Wynyard Quarter, a 36 hectare area undergoing an exciting 25-year urban transformation.  There’s lots to see and plenty to do –take in the view from the gantry in Silo Park, shoot some hoops at the Playspace, dip your toes in the water at Karanga Plaza, admire the Wind Tree sculpture and marvel at the super yachts, watch fish being unloaded, then enjoy the freshest seafood or a cup of coffee at the water’s edge at one of the cafes or restaurants along North Wharf. There is a regular programme of events and activities going on in the Wynyard Quarter, from the summer programme of movies and cinema in Silo Park to free kids Workshops on the Wharf.  ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf and are perfect for swimming, kayaking, or having a picnic.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Must do vibrant Auckland waterfront scene. Home of super yachts, cruise liners, eateries, Maritime museum. Ferry departures and arrivals.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium is a public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand that was opened in 1985. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive, it was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton. ”
  • 65 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“Ponsonby is a destination strip of restaurants and bars. It is a 5 min uber ride, or a pleasant 30 min walk away”
  • 191 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The food was absolutely amazing and such a good astrosphere to have dinner in(normally closed in midnight)”
  • 62 locals recommend
Brewery
“Local beer brewery just 20mins drive away. Great atmosphere and all day dining. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Italian restaurant in Britomart which in the city. About 15/20 minute taxi.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bistro
“Delicious Italian food on K Road, really fun vibe - yummy pasta, Good Happy Hour with seats outside.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“NZ chef Al Brown’s take on an old-school NYC Jewish delicatessen. Very delicious and reasonably priced with sumptuous selection of desserts. Choose any 3 great desserts for only $20 such as banoffee pie, NY cheesecake & lemon meringue pie. What’s not to love!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Traditional & contemporary Italian dishes in a lively, laid-back atmosphere. Veuve Clicquot Champagne at $ 15 a glass. My Fav restaurant in Ponsonby.”
  • 49 locals recommend

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