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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.

Theatre
“The Civic is a large heritage theatre seating 2,378 people in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand. First opened on 20 December 1929, it was reopened in 2000 after a major renovation and conservation effort.”
35 locals recommend
Pier
“A trip to the Downtown terminal will take you to the city waterfront. Its best to travel by train as parking is expensive. From here you can take many ferry trips to Auckland's nearby islands or catch the bus to your chosen destination. The train will take approximately 40 mins to arrive at the down town station.”
51 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“From the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m) the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep”
67 locals recommend
Establishment
“A lovely day trip and with the special Potters Garden especially for the kids...worth the trip 67 kms from The Waterside on Wade”
36 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Convenient local supermarket. Small but has everything you need. Cheaper than New World Victoria Park as caters to back packers in the area. If you look under 25 and are buying alcohol but do not have a NZ driver licence, bring your passport for ID otherwise you will be denied.”
21 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“An absolute must! A great spot for some epic views and information on exploring more of the Waitakere Ranges.”
58 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Hallertau Brewery is a mere five minutes walk where you can enjoy the in-house made craft beer and a great seasonal menu. ”
40 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Dine at Depot, underneath Auckland's iconic landmark the Sky Tower. Depot is casual but upmarket dining from NZ celebrity chef, Al Brown. You can also combine this with a trip to the top of the Sky Tower for stunning views. ”
59 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you feel like a movie, shopping or a larger supermarket LynnMall shopping centre in New Lynn, is a 15-minute drive from our Air B&B. ”
31 locals recommend
Beach
“Mission Bay beach is about a 6-7 minute drive. Boasts great views of the Rangitoto”
34 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Boasting stunning views over Auckland City, across the eastern bays and around to Rangitoto Island and northwards, North Head is a beautiful spot to visit. Spend an hour or more exploring the walks, caves, beaches and historic tunnels, or do it local style and slide down the grassy slopes on an old cardboard box.”
48 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Market on Sunday mornings 6am to 12 midday. There is a shopping Mall and plenty of bars, cafes and eating places. The main bus station is in the center of Takapuna. There is a great beach and a nice place to swim.”
55 locals recommend
Establishment
“Plenty of free parking in front of the store. Banks, dollar store, bakery next to Countdown.”
35 locals recommend
Office
“A must for many visitors, the viaduct has fantastic restaurants & bars which look out on to many beautiful luxury yachts berthed in the marina . A gorgeous place to go on a lovely day & full of action at night . From there it is an easy stroll to Britomart or over the bridge to Wynyard Wharf & Silo Park.”
30 locals recommend
College Classroom
“Funky, bohemian Ponsonby does it all: cafés, casual eateries, high-end restaurants, boutiques, nightlife - it's all there, and it's all fun. Make sure you visit Ponsonby Central, the indoor-outdoor strip mall that's packed with restaurants, bars, shops and even a coffee roastery!”
40 locals recommend
Plaza
“Public park incorporating parts of a former industrial site, with outdoor concerts, films & markets.”
52 locals recommend