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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
“Great central gallery, can get around in a couple of hours - close to the park and city shops”
  • 201 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Lovely zoo with animals in (mainly ) large well designed enclosure - 25 min drive ”
  • 118 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Take the train to New market and explore the Newmarket city with the new Westfield just opened and visit the Museum plenty of shops and eateries to try.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Enjoy 360 views of Auckland and lots of things to see and do. Go on a clear day to see Auckland at its best.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Because it will show some Maori and pacific Isalnd Culture History of the early settlers in NZ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“For the uninitiated, Ponsonby Central looks like the façade of a homeware store and a soulful restaurant with outdoor dining along a deck of plush pillowed chairs. What you’ll also notice, if you find yourself walking within 100 meters of this place, is a distinct fusion of pleasant aromas beating their way down the sidewalk. The entrance off Ponsonby Road, leads the hungry into a cavern of food stalls where one can witness meat roasting over hot coals, busy Asian men rolling Sushi and fresh fruit being crushed to a pulp for your sipping pleasure. This place is a hive. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but once inside you’ll be surprised how far this monolith stretches back into the inner catacombs. There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus. Whether you’re in the mood for late night cocktails and shots or roasting pork fresh off the spit, cream filled crêpes or a burger fresh off the grill, a soothing shot of coffee or something a little more organic, then Ponsonby Central can accommodate your needs.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely parkland, botanical and New Zealand cultural destination, entry to War Memorial Museum by donation. ”
  • 121 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Less than five minutes up the road. It's a beautiful location to relax, exercise, eat, look at the animals or catch a 360 view of the city. There's a playground for the kids, Stardome Observatory, BBQ area (gas or woodfire), cafes and plenty of space to walk and enjoy.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Looking to shop? Try visiting Sylvia Park, its slightly further than the closer mall option, but MUCH nicer! fantastic new food outlets, bars, pubs, shops, hair dressers and more. About 20 minute drive on the motorway, give or take a few again traffic dependent.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Park
“If you like trees, open parkland, and sweeping views, this is for you. Bring a picnic, and if you feel lively, climb the iconic One Tree Hill in the neighbouring park to wear it off, and enjoy the great, two-harbour view from the top. 30 minutes drive.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Dentist's Office
“Mission Bay is one of the best places in Auckland to visit as it has so many things for you to do! Whether you want to eat, drink, play, swim or shop, you’ll find something at Mission Bay.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Plaza
“what a place for a drink and walk. That is the place in town for me that represents Auckland the most. ”
  • 112 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
Natural Feature
“Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island and explore the vineyards, many beaches or walking tracks available. Nice for a day trip out.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you're a visitor or local, Rangitoto is a must. Take the ferry from Devonport, walk to the summit then take swim at the beach before the ferry home.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Transport and Technology is a science and technology museum located in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. It is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park. ”
  • 78 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“For the uninitiated, Ponsonby Central looks like the façade of a homeware store and a soulful restaurant with outdoor dining along a deck of plush pillowed chairs. What you’ll also notice, if you find yourself walking within 100 meters of this place, is a distinct fusion of pleasant aromas beating their way down the sidewalk. The entrance off Ponsonby Road, leads the hungry into a cavern of food stalls where one can witness meat roasting over hot coals, busy Asian men rolling Sushi and fresh fruit being crushed to a pulp for your sipping pleasure. This place is a hive. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but once inside you’ll be surprised how far this monolith stretches back into the inner catacombs. There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus. Whether you’re in the mood for late night cocktails and shots or roasting pork fresh off the spit, cream filled crêpes or a burger fresh off the grill, a soothing shot of coffee or something a little more organic, then Ponsonby Central can accommodate your needs.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dine at Depot, underneath Auckland's iconic landmark the Sky Tower. Depot is casual but upmarket dining from NZ celebrity chef, Al Brown. You can also combine this with a trip to the top of the Sky Tower for stunning views. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Brewery
“Hallertau Brewery is a mere five minutes walk where you can enjoy the in-house made craft beer and a great seasonal menu. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking for a fancier dinner out, Amano is the place! Right in Britomart, close to good bars etc to visit afterwards. Amano has the yummiest handmade pasta in the City!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Simply the best Sat/Sun morning market in the North Island by far. Great food and coffee too.”
  • 51 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
Irish Pub
“Visit the historical Riverhead Tavern located on the edge of the river. The Riverhead is a 10 minute walk away. Serving great local food either at the Portage Bar, The Landing Restaurant or in summer at the Boathouse which offers family activities and music on the weekends. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Traditional & contemporary Italian dishes in a lively, laid-back atmosphere.”
  • 48 locals recommend

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