Otherwise known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a beautiful city built around a stunning waterfront and unspoiled harbour and rated as one of the world's Top Cities. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is also New Zealand's commercial centre.

Auckland is an exciting, ever changing city. Lively, sophisticated, cosmopolitan and multi-cultural it also offers an easy escape to beaches, parks, golf courses, bush and countryside within a very short journey.

See below for details on Auckland attractions and attractions further afield around New Zealand.

Auckland Attractions

Viaduct Basin and Wynyard Quarter 

Explore the vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter, where restaurants and bars line the waterfront, with a backdrop of sheltered waters and sleek super yachts. Take your pick from the excellent eateries, go dancing after dark or head out on a harbour adventure.  Discover the choice of restaurants and bars as well as activities for walking and families.   It’s only a 15 minute walk to the Viaduct Harbour / Wynyard Quarter from the Convention Centre.

Auckland Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the land and people of New Zealand at Auckland Museum. See the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the country’s indigenous Maori people and experience one of the daily cultural performances. Visit the Museum’s website.

Mission Bay / St. Heliers Beach

Head to Mission Bay or St Heliers Beach and discover beautiful white-sand beaches and a vibrant beachfront promenade lined with stylish but relaxed eateries.

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat and only a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip or find accommodation and stay longer to really enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer. Find out more about the vineyards, craft shops, beaches and walks.

Black sand beaches

Explore Auckland’s west coast black-sand beaches, a magnet for surfers, photographers and nature lovers. Visit Muriwai Beach to see the impressive clifftop gannet colonies or travel to nearby Bethells Beach to stroll the sand and explore the enormous sand dunes at Lake Wainamu. Down the coast is Piha, a popular surf beach watched over by majestic Lion Rock, and Karekare, made famous as a backdrop for the film The Piano and named the second best beach by Passport Magazine in 2017. Find out more about Auckland’s west coast beaches.

Woodhill Forest

Woodhill Forest is a stunning natural playground for adventure lovers. Tackle some of Auckland's best mountain biking trails or simply enjoy the scenery on a trail walk. Woodhill is great destination for activities all year round.


Charter your own vessel or relax and enjoy the scenery and hospitality on-board one-day or overnight cruises around New Zealand’s marine reserves. Key destinations for a boating holiday in New Zealand are the Bay of Islands, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and offshore islands, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, and the southern fiords; find out more here.  Find out more about sailing in New Zealand.


‘Kauri Cliffs’ is the North Island’s most acclaimed course - currently ranked #49 in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, this challenging yet stunning cliff-side par 72 course is located 3.5 hours north of Auckland. Within the Auckland region alone are over twenty courses, including PGA championship course Gulf Harbour, which is rated consistently within the top 5 in New Zealand.

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