Auckland North Things To Do

Finding things to do in Auckland isn't hard. Situated between two harbours there's plenty of water activities on offer. The city is packed full of family attractions, museums and galleries, while over 50 volcanoes offer superb walking trails.

Known as the 'City of Sails', water based activites are big here, with yachts dotted everywhere. Scenic cruises and island hopping on the ferries are a great to take in the harbour setting. The compact downtown area is easy to explore on foot with museums, galleries and the iconic Skytower never far away. There's also the main retail hub of 'Queen Street' and the trendy Britmart preccinct. The city has more than enough family attractions to keep everyone happy, with Rainbow's End, Auckland Zoo, and Stardome Observatory and Planetarium offering some of the best fun. Situated in the suburb of Parnell, the Auckland War Memorial Museum features on many visitors 'must do' lists, presenting the history of New Zealand, its people and culture. The Auckland Art Gallery is conveniently located downtown and adjacent to Albert Park, a quiet oasis in the city. With over 26 regional parks, there is a huge selecton of walking trails to enjoy. The golden beaches to the north of the city are ideal for relaxing and often you'll have the beach to yourself! On the wild west coast, the beaches ae popular with surfers, while hikers who are drawn to the Waitakere Ranges. Look through our Auckland things to do guide for more inspiration to get the best out of your trip to the city.

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Orewa Beach

Orewa Beach Auckland-North, Auckland

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Orewa is a popular beach resort 40 kilometres north of Auckland. The impressive sandy beach is three kilometres long and a favourite with families, kite surfers and a great beach for joggers.

Army Bay

Army Bay Auckland-North, Auckland

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Army Bay is one of three beaches in Shakespear Regional Park, an open sanctuary integrating recreation, farming and conservation.

Long Bay Regional Park

Long Bay Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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Long Bay Regional Park is situated adjacent to the 970 hectare Okura Marine Reserve on Auckland's North Shore.

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Marine Reserve Auckland-North, Auckland

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Goat Island Marine Reserve is a 518 hectare marine reserve situated off Leigh, 80 kilometres north of Auckland. It's New Zealand's first marine reserve and a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.

Shakespear Regional Park

Shakespear Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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Shakespear Regional Park is located 50 kilometres from downtown Auckland. The park is situated on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Tawharanui Regional Park

Tawharanui Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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80 minutes drive north of the city, Tāwharanui Regional Park is a 588 hectare park featuring rolling green pastures, wetlands and one of Auckland's best beaches.

Puhoi Historic Village

Puhoi Historic Village Auckland-North, Auckland

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Puhoi Historic Village is a pretty settlement, 50 kilometres north of Auckland. The tranquil village is nestled alongside Puhoi River and features a general store, hotel, museum, pub and cafe.

Pakiri Beach

Pakiri Beach Auckland-North, Auckland

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Pakiri Regional Park is situated 90 kilometres north of Auckland, and features one of Auckland's finest beaches.

Scandrett Regional Park

Scandrett Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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Situated 82 kilometres north of downtown Auckland on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park features an attractive beach, historic farm buildings and rocky headlands.

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