See the best of Auckland in a day

Visiting Auckland? See all its scenic highlights with this itinerary.

A bustling city set in a natural marine playground, it's no wonder Auckland was named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit. With its newly revitalised urban areas, a range of cosmopolitan new dining options and an award-winning art gallery, Auckland is refreshed and ready to wow visitors to New Zealand.

In Auckland one can experience everything from volcanoes, a sparkling harbour, black sand beaches and great coffee all in one day. But faced with the city’s sprawling landscape, it can be daunting for travellers to know where to start exploring.

Start in the city centre, along Karangahape Road, a fascinating historic shopping street with its chequered past and eclectic vibe; head past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline from this iconic landmark are fantastic.

Next, visit the Viaduct Harbour area and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain.  The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Continue to Parnell Village for a morning tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores – around every winding alley is another surprise.

Along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive, pause at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. Named after one of New Zealand's most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers a panoramic outlook over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour.

You might like to finish off your city tour with a harbour cruise, enjoying views back to the city skyline and around the islands of the Hauraki Gulf; board a ferry to Devonport at your leisure and explore this charming harbourside suburb with its impressive array of heritage buildings, art galleries, and specialty shops; take a trip up the Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest building at 328 metres high, and get ready for for breathtaking 360° views; or for the ultimate in relaxation, spend an afternoon tasting world-class wines amid the beautiful surroundings of Waiheke Island.

With so much on offer, an Auckland city sights tour with GreatSights is the perfect way to start your Auckland holiday - to help you get your bearings and take in some of the best scenic highlights on offer.

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