Auckland West 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.

Hillary Trail

Hillary Trail Auckland-West, Auckland

The Hillary Trail takes trampers on a self guided, four-day walk through native forest and rugged coastline.

Rose Hellaby House

Rose Hellaby House Auckland-West, Auckland

Rose Hellaby was explorer, gardener and a philanthropist who purchased the house in 1933 and lived there for 35 years before giving it to the people of Auckland.

Piha Beach

Piha Beach Auckland-West, Auckland

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Piha is Auckland' s most famous beach. Situated on Auckland's west coast , this wild and untamed black sandy beach is a favourite with surfers and tourists captivated by its rugged beauty.

Ambury Regional Park

Ambury Regional Park Auckland-West, Auckland

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Ambury Regional Park is a working farm and popular family park, situated 15 kilometres south of Auckland city on the shore of Manukau Harbour.

Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach Auckland-West, Auckland

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Muriwai Beach is one of the great beaches in the Auckland region. Situated on the wild and untamed West Coast of Auckland, the large flat and black sandy beach is an impressive sight.

Muriwai Regional Park

Muriwai Regional Park Auckland-West, Auckland

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This popular regional park extends from Maori Bay (Maukatia), in the south, up Muriwai beach for 8km.

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Auckland-West, Auckland

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Regional parkland within easy reach of Auckland CBD. Lush forests, abundant wildlife, walking tracks galore and stunning scenery. Very popular Auckland attraction.

Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach Auckland-West, Auckland

Te Henga Beach (also known as Bethells Beach) is a large, dark sandy stretch of sand that lays approximately 30 kilometres north-west of the centre of Auckland.

Karekare Beach

Karekare Beach Auckland-West, Auckland

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Karekare Beach gained wider attention with its starring role in the 1993 film The Piano. The secluded black sandy beach is situated on the west coast of Auckland, 35 kilometres from downtown Auckland.

Muriwai Gannet Colony

Muriwai Gannet Colony Auckland-West, Auckland

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Muriwai Gannet Colony is situated in Muriwai Regional Park, a 40 minute drive west of downtown Auckland.


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