Wherever you go in Auckland, you’ll find something special – it’s a whole region waiting to be explored. The city centre’s world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and galleries are encircled by wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf. Here are our top activities to make sure you enjoy during your stay in Auckland.
Auckland is a gateway to the rest of New Zealand. For an overview and recommendations of places to visit in New Zealand, have a look at the official Tourism New Zealand website.
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. Click here to visit the website.
Auckland Art Gallery
The Auckland Art Gallery is 10 minute walk from the SkyCity Convention Centre. You can visit the website here.
‘Kauri Cliffs’ is the North Island’s most acclaimed course - currently ranked #39 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. The IPBA Tournament is being held at the new Windross Farm Golf Course
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.
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. For information on charters in New Zealand click here.
Viaduct Harbour / 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. Click here to look at the choice of resturants/bars as well as activities for walking and families. Its only a 15 minute walk to the Viaduct Harbour / Wynyard Quarter from the SkyCity Convention Centre.
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. Have a look at vineyards, craft shops, beaches and walks here.
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. Find out what to do here.
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.
• Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture
• Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations. Set against the dramatic Southern Alps, the area is well known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports
• Taupo, a town near the centre of New Zealand's North Island, is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating
• Hobbiton - Experience the real Middle-earth in Matamata with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films
• The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands by the country's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artifacts
• Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills