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  • 1 Great Barrier Island Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Although connected to Auckland by a fleet of airplanes and ferries, Great Barrier Island, far off in the Hauraki Gulf, has lost none of its rugged beauty. Modern comforts are unknown here. Its pristine beaches and unique wildlife more than make up fo..

  • 2 Hauraki Gulf Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The islands in the Hauraki Gulf spread out in unparalleled splendour across from Auckland. Sixty lovely spits of land to explore, from inhabited islands (Waiheke) and ecological sanctuaries (Tiritiri Matangi, Little Barrier) to extinct volcanos (Rang..

  • 3 Auckland Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    Angle de Wellesley and Lorne St.

    The thriving Auckland Art Gallery is unmissable, for its exterior as well as what is inside. Works by Maori artists punctuate magnificent spaces, where New Zealand art, from its origins to the present day, is presented. International masters have bee..

  • 4 Auckland War Memorial Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    The Auckland Domain

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum, dedicated to victims of the First World War, stands in the verdant Auckland Domain. Its Neoclassical façade also contains fascinating ethnological and scientific collections as well as exceptional Maori objects. Chil..

  • 5 Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    23 Tamaki Drive

    Kelly Tarlton's Seal Life Aquarium is both sensational and educational. After a tracked vehicle tour of the penguins on their ice floe, you'll walk amongst the marine animals in a transparent tunnel and swim in the Shark Cage: you'll never again see ..

  • 6 Piha Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Untamed nature takes over in the outskirts of Auckland along the capricious Tasmanian Sea. The waves break on popular Piha Beach (be careful here), superbly framed by Whatipu, Karekare (filmed in The Piano), Bethells Beach and Muriwai Beach.

  • 7 Sky Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Sky Tower (328m), the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere, contains the country's a rotating restaurant - the most vertiginous in the country - and several observation decks with stunning views. Daredevils can try the Sky Walk 192m from t..

  • 8 Viaduct Harbour

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This first-class marina, built to host the America's Cup in 2000, offers the luxurious sight of yachts mooring in front of its restaurant terraces and shop windows. Viaduct Harbour, a lively and fashionable spot, embodies Auckland's version of la dol..

  • 9 Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

    Museums and art

    Angle Quay and Hobson St.

    The Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum recounts the country's naval exploration history, from its first pirogue to the America's Cup. Don't miss the pitching reconstruction of the inside of a boat. Boat rides are offered on several of the historical..

  • 10 One Tree Hill

    Nature and gardens

    As its name indicates this extinct volcano, an ancient Maori site, was topped by a lone tree that was scrupulously replaced decade after decade. While the last tree has gone, One Tree Hill and its obelisk still dominate Cornwall Park. Acacia Cottage,..

  • 11 Henderson Valley

    Nature and gardens

    Henderson Valley is one of the country's most prolific wine-growing regions. The Balkan and Lebanese names of its first winemakers are combined with the names of French grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. A fun gastrono..

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