The Show Never Stops in Auckland.
There is always something to see and do, whether it's watching the sunrise from the top of a volcanic cone, eating at a world-class restaurant, or walking in a native rainforest.
Top attractions in Auckland
Hauraki Gulf & Islands
It's a short boat trip to many islands dotted around the Hauraki Gulf. Places like Waiheke, Kawau, Motuihe and Great Barrier Island offer a luxurious holiday just minutes from Auckland's CBD. They make for great weekend getaways. Islands like Tiritiri Matangi and Rangitoto offer fantastic scenic walks for day trips.
Food & Wine
Auckland is home to a huge melting pot of international delights. Name a cuisine and Auckland will most likely have it. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian restaurants are growing in popularity for a big dinner out with friends or even a quick takeaway. Mexican food is currently finding resurgence amongst 20 somethings who swap the traditional bottle of wine and cheese platter entrée for a jug of sangria, corn chips and guacamole. Italian, French, Lebanese, Turkish and Indian restaurants are increasingly dotted around the CBD and suburbs. Fish and Chips are still a summer favourite, wrapped in newspaper to tuck into on one of Auckland's many beach fronts. You could essentially eat a different cuisine every night of the month in Auckland!
Vineyards are dotted around outer Auckland, allowing for a short drive to visit a winery and get a tour and tasting in. You could visit all the vineyards on Waiheke including Cable Bay, Mudbrick and Stonyridge, Artisan Wines in Henderson, Villa Maria in Manukau, or one of Kumeu's nine beautiful vineyards including Soljans and Coopers Creek.
Arts & Culture
Being NZ's largest city has its drawcards when it comes to creative souls in the region. There are plenty of theatre groups staging everything from full-bore musicals to stark one-person plays. Q Theatre, The Basement, The Pumphouse and The Maidment have usually got very creative performances on to view. The Classic is Auckland's renowned comedy venue. Catch newcomers early in the week and seasoned professionals over the weekend.
The Auckland Art Gallery is free entry and open daily. Set aside 3-4 hours to take in the stunning and complex works over multiple stories. Gigs and concerts are held all over Auckland. The Kings Arms, The Dogs Bollix, The Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar are just a few of the numerous bars to see local bands live. Vector Arena, The Civic and The Town Hall hold the bigger acts that visit NZ. Plus Auckland constantly has plenty of one off shows and festivals, just check out event websites for the latest!
A night out in Auckland offers so much choice. To dance and mingle try Ponsonby Rd bars, Auckland's Waterfront Bars, High Street or Karangahape Rd (known affectionately as K Rd). For dinner and slightly quieter drinks try Kingsland, Parnell or Takapuna.
Go up the Sky Tower; complete the Harbour Bridge walk; get an ice cream at Mission Bay; picnic at Long Bay regional park; stroll around One Tree Hill; Visit The Zoo or Motat and then stroll around Western Springs; Dine out (more than once); Catch a band at The Dogs Bollix; Complete the coastal walk from Takapuna to Mairangi Bay; Drive to Piha and then walk to Kitekite falls; walk up to the top of Mt Eden; shop in Newmarket.