10 Things to Do in Auckland Central That You Shouldn't Miss

European, Polynesian, Asian and strong Maori heritages give the Auckland its distinctive culture. Discover the history of the world's largest Polynesian city through Maori treasures at Auckland Museum and experience the lives of 19th-century settlers at Howick Historical Village. Find Polynesian handicrafts at Otara Market or people-watch in bustling Ponsonby and Parnell. Adventure junkies can get their fix from kayaking, sailing and high-octane bungee jumping.

1. Sky Tower

Victoria Street | Corner Federal Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 10590 reviews

Sky Tower

Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, this tower is more than 300 metres high. Offering stunning views, along with award winning restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland's CBD. Off Peak Season - (1st May - 31st Oct) 9:00am - 10:00pm daily - Last tickets sold at 9:30pm Peak Season - (1st Nov - 30th Apr) Sun - Thurs: 8:30am - 10:30pm - Last tickets sold at 10:00pm Fri & Sat: 8:30am - 11:30pm - Last tickets sold at 11:00pm

Reviewed By DiscerningTourist - Nottingham, United KingdomNottingham, United Kingdom

Great views of the city day & night

What fantastic views we experienced whilst visiting the Skytower both day and night. Having bought a 24 hour pass we visited in both daylight and at night-time and it enabled us to obtain a great orientation of the city. Was impressed too by the choice of

2. Mount Eden

Access off Hillside Crescent | Mount Eden Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1024, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Volcanos
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4.5 based on 3585 reviews

Mount Eden

A trip up the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland offers striking views of the downtown area and harbor.

Reviewed By Nicholas T - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Worth the Effort

Drove here on our way to Rotorua and were glad we did. Views of Auckland and surrounds were excellent. The crater to the extinct volcano is huge. Definitely worth the effort to go there. You need to have a degree of fitness as it is a bit of a climb from

3. Auckland War Memorial Museum

| The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums, Military Museums More
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4.5 based on 6246 reviews

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Discover the history and culture of New Zealand through this memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime.

Reviewed By 494PatriciaS - Monmouth Junction, New JerseyMonmouth Junction, New Jersey

Impressive Collection of WWI and WWII Artifacts

We were surprised at the extensive collection of memorabilia and exhibits documenting all the wars New Zealanders participated in, and the roles played by other countries who helped defend New Zealand — such as the U.S., Canada and the U.K. There is an im

4. Rangitoto Island

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Volcanos, Islands
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4.5 based on 2129 reviews

Rangitoto Island

This volcanic island, which last erupted 600 years ago, offers bird-watching, swimming, fishing, walking trails, colorful flora and spectacular views from the summit of its cone-shaped mountain.

Reviewed By Astravelercom - Klaipeda, LithuaniaKlaipeda, Lithuania

Unique island, perfect for a half day trip!

If you have added islands of Auckland to your itinerary, then you should visit the Rangitoto Island. Here, you will be able to gain knowledge on volcanic fields and its history. I would advise you to book the Rangitoto Island Tour so that a knowledgeable

5. Devonport

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 4356 reviews

Devonport

Reviewed By whisky774 - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Fantastic Views

Taken our visitors from Scotland into Devonport walked up Mt Victoria and the views just stunning and the history very interesting.We had bought fish and chips from catch 22 for lunch and that was delicious gave us the sustenance to walk around Devonport

6. Waiheke Island

| Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central, Auckland 1081, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Islands
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4.5 based on 2306 reviews

Waiheke Island

Reviewed By 804katek - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Woo hoo Waiheke!

I absolutely love visiting Waiheke Island, especially Tantalus vineyards. The entire island is set up for enjoyment and history of the kiwi culture. This was my 2nd trip to the island and it is such a pleasure to be able to move around the island so effor

7. Tiritiri Matangi Island

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Islands
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Tiritiri Matangi Island

Reviewed By petah2013 - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

My trip on the 22nd April

I love this place. The bird life is prolific. A special place. I saw birds that are not normally seen. It was a calm atmosphere. I thoroughly recommend a visit if you haven’t been there. It is an “all day” trip but I couldn’t think of a better way to spen

8. Auckland Zoo

100 Motions Road | Western Springs, Auckland Central, Auckland 1022, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities
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4.5 based on 3307 reviews

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland. Auckland Zoo is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am.

Reviewed By 513anantk - Noida, IndiaNoida, India

Wonderful place

The place for everyone to learn something and to care for animals and see their habits and their nature which will definitely make love them more

9. One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

670 Manukau Road | Epsom, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts, Volcanos More
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4.5 based on 1163 reviews

One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

The second highest volcanic peak in Auckland, next to Mount Eden, One Tree Hill offers views of the city and has a huge obelisk at the top.

Reviewed By SamuelCase - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

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This is a great place to go to see the city from above if you dont want to pay to go to the sky tower. The hill is located in Cornwall park and is a great place to take the family for a trip.

10. Waitakere Ranges

Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, National Parks, Scenic Drives More
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Waitakere Ranges

This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.

Reviewed By BeachVacay - IndianaIndiana

Arataki Visitor Center Interesting visit

Waitakere Range is a beautiful, scenic drive. The Arataki visitor center stop was part of a private tour by Coast2coast. We enjoyed the history and learning more about New Zealand and the Maori. We would definitely recommend a stop at Arataki center when

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