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  • 1. Auckland War Memorial Museum

    Parnell | Museum/Gallery

    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 parks...Read More

  • 2. Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 3. Waiheke Island

    Island

    Once Waiheke was a sleepy summer vacation retreat, and hippie haven, with beach houses dotting its edges. Now you'll find some 35 vineyards...Read More

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  • 4. Albert Park

    City Center | City Park

    These 15 acres of formal gardens, fountains, and statue- and sculpture-studded lawns are a favorite for Aucklanders, who pour out of nearby...Read More

  • 5. Auckland Domain

    Parnell | City Park

    Saturday cricketers, Sunday picnickers, and morning runners are some of the Aucklanders who enjoy this rolling, 340-acre park—not to mention...Read More

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  • 6. Auckland Zoo

    Western Springs | Zoo/Aquarium

    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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  • 7. Civic Theatre

    City Center | Arts/Performance Venue

    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

  • 8. Event Cinemas Metro Centre

    City Center | Notable Building

    If you are struck with inclement weather and need to take in a movie the Metro Centre is worth a look. The architecture references science-fiction...Read More

  • 9. Great Barrier Island

    Island

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

  • 10. KareKare

    Beach

    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

  • 11. Mission Bay

    Beach

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

  • 12. Mt. Victoria

    Ruins

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

  • 13. Muriwai Beach

    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 the many wineries in...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Transport & Technology

    Western Springs | Museum/Gallery

    Six km (4 miles) west of Auckland, this is a fantastic place for anyone with a technical bent. A fascinating collection of vehicles, telephones...Read More

  • 15. One Tree Hill

    Parnell | Ruins

    The largest of Auckland's extinct volcanoes and one of the best lookout points, One Tree Hill, or Maungakiekie, was the site of three Māori...Read More

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  • 16. Parnell Rose Gardens

    Parnell | Garden

    When you tire of boutiques and cafés, take 10 minutes (or more) to gaze upon and sniff this collection of some 5,000 rosebushes. The main beds...Read More

  • 17. Sky Tower

    City Center | Observatory

    This 1,082-foot beacon is the first place many Aucklanders take visiting friends to give them a view of the city. Up at the main observation...Read More

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  • 18. Takapuna Beach

    Beach

    You'll see some of New Zealand's most expensive houses along Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore. If architecture (or being nosey) isn...Read More

  • 19. Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    New Zealand's rich seafaring history is on display at this marina complex on Auckland Harbour. The collection includes Pacific and Māori seagoing...Read More

  • 20. Wintergarden Pavilion

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Take in the scenery at the Wintergarden Pavilion on Domain Drive. You can have breakfast, brunch, a light lunch, or great coffee from a table...Read More

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