Auckland is the perfect mix of city sophistication and a stunning natural playground.
World-class shopping and dining experiences are never too far from beautiful scenery that includes harbours and islands, volcanic cones, native bush and black-sand beaches.
Discover 10 of the best things to do in and around Auckland city.
Looking for an adventurous weekend activity? Try jumping off the plane for a thrilling experience with Skydive Auckland(opens in new window). Or go for a SkyJump(opens in new window) from the iconic Sky Tower(opens in new window), or walk its edge(opens in new window) - 192 metres above ground level! And if that's not enough, head to the Auckland Harbour Bridge for New Zealand's only Bridge Climb or bungy(opens in new window) into the Waitemata Harbour. Epic!
Spend a family-fun weekend spotting the rare marine life on a Whale & Dolphin Safari(opens in new window). The Hauraki Gulf is home to stunning coastlines, world-class vineyards, wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches, and an active volcano. From dolphin spotting to luxury dinner cruises or racing an America's Cup yacht, there’s a maritime experience to suit every taste and budget.
Go on a magical nighttime journey and marvel at the clear dark skies for stargazing with Good heavens dark sky experiences. Great Barrier Island is the first in the world to be designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – with only ten other places. Great Barrier Island is covered in lush native forest and you can hike the Aotea Track or visit the rare wildlife of Glenfern Sanctuary or relax on Medlands Beach.
Matakana’s beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards, local arts scene, and picturesque village with a superb farmers' market make this region a divine destination. Pick up organic, seasonal produce, or savour some fresh delicacies by the river's edge at the Matakana Village Farmers Market.
Auckland is known for its cosmopolitan nature and the diverse food options are reflective of that. Auckland is home to world-class food producers. For those that are passionate about fresh, seasonal ingredients, Auckland is sensational – embark on a tour with The Big Foodie, Foodcraft(opens in new window) or Bush and Beach and get to know Auckland gastronomy.
Have you ever watched the sunset and had a BBQ on Rangitoto island? Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto is a dormant volcanic cone that sits just off the coast from the central city. Take a short ferry from downtown Auckland to walk to the summit for spectacular views, or glide across the harbour via paddle power on a sunset kayak tour.
You're never too far from the sea in Auckland. In less than an hour's drive from the city centre, you can find yourself on wild rugged beaches, where the Tasman Sea meets long, vast stretches of black sand. Visit Muriwai Beach to see the impressive clifftops and gannet colonies or head to Piha, a popular surf beach, and Karekare, made famous as the backdrop for the film The Piano.