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Best things to do in Auckland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Gallery
“Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the principal public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. It frequently hosts travelling international exhibitions. ”
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Botanical Garden
“Because it will show some Maori and pacific Isalnd Culture History of the early settlers in NZ”
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Gift Shop
“Lovely zoo with animals in (mainly ) large well designed enclosure - 25 min drive ”
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Botanical Garden
“A good museum that shows New Zealand's heritage and Maori history. There is a great war memorial there too.”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand. ”
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Shopping Centre
“For the uninitiated, Ponsonby Central looks like the façade of a homeware store and a soulful restaurant with outdoor dining along a deck of plush pillowed chairs. What you’ll also notice, if you find yourself walking within 100 meters of this place, is a distinct fusion of pleasant aromas beating their way down the sidewalk. The entrance off Ponsonby Road, leads the hungry into a cavern of food stalls where one can witness meat roasting over hot coals, busy Asian men rolling Sushi and fresh fruit being crushed to a pulp for your sipping pleasure. This place is a hive. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but once inside you’ll be surprised how far this monolith stretches back into the inner catacombs. There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus. Whether you’re in the mood for late night cocktails and shots or roasting pork fresh off the spit, cream filled crêpes or a burger fresh off the grill, a soothing shot of coffee or something a little more organic, then Ponsonby Central can accommodate your needs.”
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“Lovely parkland, botanical and New Zealand cultural destination, entry to War Memorial Museum by donation. ”
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Natural Feature
“Take a day trip to Waiheke. An easy, 40-minute ferry ride from downtown, Waiheke Island has beautiful beaches and great wineries. Head over in the morning and walk the sculpture trail up to Cable Bay winery, or explore the island by bike. Check out the Oyster Inn for excellent seafood or, for a more budget-friendly option, take a picnic or enjoy fish and chips on the beach. Catch a ferry back to the city at dusk for stunning views of the Auckland skyline.”
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Fast Food Restaurant
“One tree hill is a fantastic way to see Auckland City. At the pinnacle by the obelisk there are tremendous 360 degree Auckland views ”
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Natural Feature
“Fantastic day trip - easy from Auckland - gets you into nature, sea, and a unique geological experience walking lava trails and pathways past historic quaint baches (kiwi style beachside houses). At the top - wide open vistas.”
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Shopping Centre
“Shops galore, and movie theatre to boot. For rainy days, you can't go past Sylvia Park, New Zealand's largest shopping mall.”
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“Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium is a public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand that was opened in 1985. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive, it was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton. ”
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Dentist's Office
“Mission Bay is one of the most attractive Bays in New Zealand, and Auckland. It has that European vibe of Mediterranean cities on the water. It offers so many beautiful restaurants and cafes. It has beautiful park right to the beach with water fontina. Beach is white sand and have all urban fasciitis, shower, toilet and refreshments places just at the back. Mission Bay is 10 minutes walk to most popular Kohimarama beach, and 15 walk to St. Heliers . 10 minutes walk is property-most expensive street in New Zealand “ Paritai Drive”. Overall as a bay is also walk distance to Auckland CBD, if you like walk instead of driving. It is walk by the water right to the City. Sense it is located in a such attractive area of Auckland Mission Bay has station with “ Lime Scoters “, which you can take for ride for as much as $1, and just leave them were ever is suitable for you , you don’t have to return them to the place you took them from! Please check website for more info . They are yellow bikes as well, called “Onzo NZ”, with same purpose and offer. This option will let you explore all Bays around from bike side and for very small money. So you can start having breakfast on Mission Bay, bike to Kohimarama beach have a swim and lunch there, enjoy hot afternoon sun. And after bike to St. Heliers or CBD- waterfront for dinner. ”
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Surf Spot
“Fabulous long black-sand beach beautiful sunsets and a great feed of fish and chips from the Piha RSA”
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“Head to Wynyard Quarter, Auckland’s most recently developed waterfront precinct, for great dining, family friendly playspaces, and great markets and outdoor cinema in the summer. Enjoy a meal overlooking the water at North Wharf and don’t miss the fantastic Auckland Fish Market. ”
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Boat or Ferry
“A short ferry trip (15 mins) takes you to a walk around this heritage village. Along the beachfront looking back to the city, or up the grassy volcanoes for stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Easy comfortable day adventure.”
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