Auckland's vast harbour, quiet islands and vibrant cityscape offer an exciting and accessible mix of urban, water and wildlife activities.

See dolphins in Auckland, New Zealand

Water activities

From anywhere in Auckland you can be on the water in a matter of minutes. Entertain the whole family or have a romantic day or night with a wide selection of water activities. 

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Friends in the vines, Stonyridge Vineyard, Auckland

Explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf, on the doorstep of Auckland city, is home to a multitude of remarkable islands. Don't miss out on these activities:

  • Walk to the summit of Rangitoto, the black lava volcanic island in the middle of the inner Hauraki Gulf. Hire a kayak and join an evening paddle to the island.
  • Enjoy wine tasting and beachcombing on Waiheke Island, a half hour ferry ride from the city centre.
  • Sunbathe and swim at Motuihe Island.
  • Discover the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island - once the home of Governor George Grey.
  • Visit the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. The island is home to many endangered birds, including the extremely rare Takahe.
  • Experience a wilderness adventure on Great Barrier Island - tracks lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic kauri dams.

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Ziplining on Waiheke Island, Auckland

Family fun in Auckland

Here's a few fun activities you can try out on your next family outing:

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Walking in the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

Explore the walking and hiking tracks

Auckland offers a diverse range of coastlines and scenery for day walks in and around the region. All within a few hours' drive or a ferry ride away.

  • From Devonport, walk to the summits of Mount Victoria or North Head for 360° views. Ferries to and from Devonport depart every half hour. 
  • Take a short ferry ride to Rangitoto Island and climb to the top of the dormant volcano on the Rangitoto Summit Track and experience great views of the city.
  • Mount Eden, Mount Hobson and Mount St John are dormant volcanic cones offering commanding views of the city - pack a picnic and walk up.
  • Do the Coast to Coast Walkway - a unique walk joining the east and west coasts of Auckland and taking in many of the city’s scenic icons. Enquire at the Visitor Information Centre in the city for a brochure on the walkway.
  • Explore the beautifully scenic Hunua Ranges to the south of the city.

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