Climb a volcano

There’s 48 to choose from in the Auckland area but none more famous than Mount Eden. It’s the highest natural point in Auckland and offers stunning 360-degree views of the city. The volcano’s 50-metre deep crater and surrounds have an important Maori history.


Auckland Art Gallery

With over 15,000 artworks, Auckland Art Gallery is home to world-class historic and contemporary displays. Free-guided tours are available daily, offering a fantastic introduction to the collections.

Visit Goat Island

This is a protected marine reserve and one of New Zealand’s top snorkelling and dive spots. Swim amongst the colourful fish or take a trip out on a glass bottom boat to view the sealife.


Head out for a swim

Auckland’s beaches range from the wild surf and black sand of the rugged west coast to sheltered bays and long stretches of smooth white sand.


Enjoy the heritage

The restored Manukau Heads Lighthouse sits proudly on the very tip of the Awhitu Peninsula overlooking the turbulent ocean. This lighthouse is one of only a few in New Zealand you can actually climb to the top of. Gates are open from 9am to 5pm daily. Free but donation appreciated.


Step back in time

The Domain, Auckland’s oldest park, has formal gardens, ancient trees, miniature waterfalls and leafy walks. Ideal for strolling, jogging, picnics and sports, the park also has regular free music events.

Watch the ships

Auckland’s harbour is full of boats of all shapes and sizes and Wynyard Quarter is a great spot for sail watching. You can also enjoy sculptures, boardwalks and a marine-themed playspace.


Watch the birds

View the huge gannet colony at stunning Muriwai Beach, where over 1200 pairs of gannets nest on the rugged cliff tops. There are two viewing platforms so you can get up close.


Enjoy a festival

There are lots of free events in Auckland throughout the year, from live music and outdoor movies to major cultural events like the Pasifika Festival, the Auckland Lantern Festival and many more.


Take a hike

Being the adventure capital of New Zealand, Auckland has a huge number of walking trails, from leafy tracks through native bush to energetic hikes with magnificent views – there’s something for every age and fitness level.