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  • 1. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

    City Center

    The modernist addition to the Auckland Art Gallery has breathed life and light into a structure built in the 1880s. The soaring glass, wood, and...Read More

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  • 2. Auckland War Memorial Museum

    Parnell

    The Māori artifact collection here is one of the largest in the world, housed in a Greek Revival building in one of the city's finest...Read More

  • 3. Goldie Vineyard

    First to plant grapes on Waiheke were Kim and Jeanette Goldwater, whose eponymous wines have since earned a reputation for excellence. It's also home to...Read More

  • 4. Rangitoto Island

    Hauraki Gulf Islands

    When Rangitoto Island emerged from the sea in a series of fiery eruptions 600 years ago, it had an audience: footprints in the solidified ash...Read More

  • 5. SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's

    This harborside marine park—the creation of New Zealand's most celebrated undersea explorer and treasure hunter—offers a fish's-eye view of the sea. A transparent tunnel, 120...Read More

  • 6. Stonyridge Vineyard

    This vineyard has followers all over the world. The Stonyridge Larose, made from the classic Bordeaux varieties, is excellent and the vintage often sells out....Read More

  • 7. Te Motu Vineyard

    The friendly Dunleavy family started planting vines in 1989. Now its Te Motu Bordeaux blend, which is made only when conditions are right, is on...Read More

  • 8. Tiritiri Matangi Island

    Hauraki Gulf Islands

    You can see rare native birds up close at Tiritiri Matangi, a bird sanctuary open to the public and accessible by ferry from Auckland or...Read More

  • 9. Waiheke Island

    Once a sleepy summer vacation retreat and hippie haven with beach houses dotting its edges, Waiheke is now home to 35 vineyards (many the passion...Read More

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  • 10. Albert Park

    City Center

    These 15 acres of formal gardens contain a mix of established and seasonal plantings, a fountain, and statue- and sculpture-studded lawns. They are a favorite...Read More

  • 11. Auckland Domain

    Parnell

    Saturday cricketers, Sunday picnickers, and any-day runners are some of the Aucklanders who enjoy this rolling, 340-acre park—not to mention loads of walkers, often with...Read More

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  • 12. Auckland Zoo

    Western Springs

    Since the 1990s, this zoo, 6 km (4 miles) west of Auckland, has focused on providing its animals with the most natural habitats possible, as...Read More

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  • 13. Babich Wines

    The Babich family has been making wine in New Zealand since 1916, beginning first in the far north, where Josip Babich joined his brothers from...Read More

  • 14. Civic Theatre

    City Center

    This extravagant art nouveau movie theater was the talk of the town when it opened in 1929, but nine months later the owner, Thomas O'Brien,...Read More

  • 15. Ferry Building

    City Center

    This magnificent 1912 Edwardian building continues to stand out on Auckland's waterfront. It's still used for its original purpose, launching ferries to Devonport as well...Read More

  • 16. Great Barrier Island

    Hauraki Gulf Islands

    Also known as Aotea, Great Barrier Island is the largest in the gulf with a population of around 1,100, and is mostly agricultural. It's popular...Read More

  • 17. KareKare

    Film buffs will recognize KareKare and its black sand from the dramatic opening scenes of The Piano. Its size means you will never feel hemmed...Read More

  • 18. Mission Bay

    About 10 minutes' drive from the central city, Mission Bay off Tamaki Drive draws the crowds year-round and summertime can see families and community groups...Read More

  • 19. Mt. Victoria

    Long before European settlement, this ancient volcano was the site of a Māori pā (fortified village) of the local Kawerau tribe. On the northern and...Read More

  • 20. Muriwai Beach

    The black sand of Muriwai Beach is a must for those exploring the West Coast. Combine a trip here with a visit to any of...Read More

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