What are you looking for?
Things To Doin Auckland
Event Venuesin Auckland
Welcome to My Destination: Auckland
The most populous, and prosperous, region of New Zealand, Auckland stretches from the base of Northland, down through the North Auckland Peninsula, to the mouth of the Waikato River. The Hauraki Gulf lies on the east coast of the region and, to the west, the natural harbours of Kaipara and Manukau stretch out into the Tasman Sea. The climate is generally sub-tropical - humid and hot in summer, mild and damp in winter, and the weather will often dictate your itinerary for the day!
The Auckland region is home to 35% of New Zealand's entire population. Maori heritage is strong here, and the area is a living example of the country's ethnic diversity - the heady mix of Pacific, Asian and European cultures is reflected in the endless variety of shops, restaurants, museums and festivals, ensuring you'll never be short of something to do.
Known as The ‘City of Sails’, Auckland capitalises on its seafaring roots - the America's Cup yacht race has been hosted here, and Auckland has the highest proportion of boats-per-capita. If you don't have sea legs, don't worry, there are plenty of other activities to occupy your stay here. A half hour drive in any direction, and you could find yourself tasting wine in a vineyard, tramping through a rainforest, hiking up a volcano, or surfing on a wild, sandy beach. There are also 22 conservation parks within easy reach of downtown Auckland, that offer more than 500km of walking tracks.
The ‘downtown’ city centre area is easy to get around. Head to the Britomart and Queenstreet for shopping, and for lunch and dinners, enjoy the harbour views of the Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter. Read our downtown guide for inspiration.
History And Culture
A visit to the Auckland Region wouldn't be complete without learning a little of its history. The Auckland War Memorial Museum holds the world's finest collection of Maori treasures, whilst the New Zealand National Maritime Museum offers up some fascinating facts about the country's seafaring past. See history come to life with a trip out to the Howick Historical Village, which recreates early Auckland, then maybe spend a couple of hours at the Otara Market, where you buy authentic Polynesian and Maori crafts, food and even music.
For culture vultures, the Auckland City Art Gallery boasts an impressive collection of important New Zealand art, and is just one of the many exhibition spaces dotted around the region. The Auckland Biennial takes place at venues throughout the area and features music, dance and visual arts.
Beyond The City
Auckland offers some great areas to explore and enjoy from hopping around the Hauraki Gulf Islands to heading out to the suburbs of Mission Bay, Parnell, and Ponsonby. A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Devonport is a popular destination for both residents and tourists, who come here to enjoy the good selection of bars and restaurants at the harbourside, before hopping on an evening boat back home. Devonport is also where you can take a stroll up Mount Victoria and admire the spectacular views across to Auckland City – especially popular at twilight.
Auckland's east coast has many white, sandy beaches, most of which are suitable for swimming. Only 40mins west of Auckland, the Waitakere Ranges provide 40,000 acres of rainforest and rugged coastline, 250km of walking tracks, and some breathtaking waterfalls. For surfers, the west coast is where you want to go – try the rips at Piha Beach (40km) or Muriwai Beach(50km).
The envy of most other New Zealanders, the people of Auckland regularly spend their holidays hopping between the fifty or so islands situated out in the bays. The largest of these - Waiheke and Great Barrier, are served by regular air and ferry services. Waiheke Island is known as ‘The Island of Wine’, because of the numerous vineyards situated here.
Rangitoto Island is actually a dormant volcano. The island is a protected wilderness, popular with hikers, and there are guided tours to take visitors around the intriguing lava caves, rock formations and pohutukawa forests. Great Barrier Island - known simply as 'The Barrier', is one of the most tranquil and unspoiled spots in New Zealand. The hot springs, mountains and kauri forests are popular with walkers and nature-lovers, who mostly stay in one of the many lodges, campsites and cottages dotted about the island. Tiri Tiri Matangi Island is an open nature reserve, 30km from Auckland – a popular day trip for birdwatchers and conservationists.
Check our 'Things To Do' section to see details of the activites on offer in Auckland.
Auckland Travel Guide
Best Activities In Auckland For Animal Lovers
10 Epic Views Of Auckland
Best Family Attractions In Auckland
Whale and Dolphin Spotting In Auckland
Visiting Rangitoto Island
A Day Out In Devonport
Top 7 Restaurants & Bars In The Britomart
Best Auckland Festivals
The Matakana Coastal Experience
Beaches, Points and Reefs
Take A Day Trip To Waiheke Island
Exploring Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland
Top 10 Cocktail Bars in Auckland
Top 10 Auckland Parks
Events in August 2016
Royal New Zealand Ballet: Giselle Auckland
First performed in 2012 and subsequently staged around the world as well as on film, the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Giselle is critically acclaime...First performed in 2012 and subsequently staged around the world as well as on film, the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Giselle is critically acclaimed. This new tour presents an opportunity for new audiences to see the show and for fans to revisit its story, music and dance. Tickets start at $25 for children and $35 for adults.
Pam Ann: Touch Trolley Run to Galley Auckland
Hilarious air hostess Pam Ann is back with a new show to celebrate her 20th anniversary on the comedy scene. Created by Australian comedienne Caroline Reid, ...Hilarious air hostess Pam Ann is back with a new show to celebrate her 20th anniversary on the comedy scene. Created by Australian comedienne Caroline Reid, Pam Ann takes audiences on a tour of some of the world's biggest airlines, with no topic safe from her caustic wit. The show contains adult themes and is not recommended for under-18s. Tickets are $44.90 for economy seats, $55.90 for business class and$125.90 for first class.
Events in September 2016
The Chocolate and Coffee Show Auckland
The ultimate indulgence, The Chocolate and Coffee Show brings together two delightful treats. Some of the country's finest coffee and chocolate producers wil...The ultimate indulgence, The Chocolate and Coffee Show brings together two delightful treats. Some of the country's finest coffee and chocolate producers will be at the show offering free tastings and the chance to take home some delicious products as well as coffee making equipment. Experts will offer advice on picking the best coffee and how to create something special in your own kitchen. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Shaolin Warriors Auckland
Featuring 22 Kung Fu Masters this show will take your breath away with stunning choreography and acrobatic skills. Over the past 16 years, the Chinese Shaoli...Featuring 22 Kung Fu Masters this show will take your breath away with stunning choreography and acrobatic skills. Over the past 16 years, the Chinese Shaolin Warriors have become an international sensation thanks to their skills and stunts and this new show is no different. The show includes demonstrations of 18 traditional weapons and martial arts. Tickets start at 59.90.
Events in October 2016
Ellie Goulding Auckland
Currently at the peak of her singing career with three acclaimed albums behind her, British singer Ellie Goulding will be coming to New Zealand this October. ...Currently at the peak of her singing career with three acclaimed albums behind her, British singer Ellie Goulding will be coming to New Zealand this October. The tour is based around her third album Delirium which includes chart topper Love Me Like You Do and will also feature tracks from her first two albums. Tickets start at $89.90
Hi-5: House Hits Auckland
Hi-5's House Hits is set to be the biggest Hi-5 concert ever featuring a host of favourite songs...Hi-5's House Hits is set to be the biggest Hi-5 concert ever featuring a host of favourite songs.
Originally set to be House of Dreams, the show has been made bigger and better and will feature a range of the group's most popular songs.
Tickets start at $38.90.
Photos of Auckland
Help From a Local Expert
My Destination is focused on offering unrivalled levels of local information. This is what we pride ourselves on, and it's our promise to our users.
Each destination is run by a team on the ground who have their fingers on the pulse and write from a first-hand experience, whether they are trying out places to eat, visiting sites of interest, undertaking activities, exploring hidden 'secrets', and speaking to the locals who are 'in-the-know'.