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What to see in Auckland

Auckland Attractions

As the largest and most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand, Auckland has plenty to do and see for visitors, ranging from scenic cityscapes to beautiful wildlife reserves that surround the city. If visitors are heading out with the kids or just want to learn more about Auckland, Maori culture, or New Zealand in general, a great place to start would be the Auckland Museum. The museum overlooks the city and the attractive Waitemata Harbour and is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Apart from the museum there is also the recently refurbished Auckland Art Gallery, housing some amazingly creative installations and free tours starting daily around midday.

After soaking up some local knowledge and culture, travellers can take a daring venture up the Auckland Sky Tower, one of the tallest freestanding buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, from which there is a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city, the harbour, and the gulf islands. Other attractions include catching a show at the Civic Theatre, or enjoying a lazy walk through Albert Park. A popular way to enjoy many of these sites is to purchase a tourist card, called a multipass, which allows access to numerous venues within a one-month period.

For those keen to explore the wilder side of Auckland, there is a ferry from Auckland Harbour to Tiritiri Matangi Island, one of New Zealand's most important wildlife sanctuaries. Visitors can admire the beautiful flora and fauna of Auckland while on a tour led by expert guides of the island.

Auckland Museum

The Auckland Museum overlooks the city and the attractive Waitemata Harbour. It is one of the most visited attractions in the city, housing a remarkable collection of Maori and Pacific Island…

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Auckland Sky Tower

At 1,076 feet (328m), Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has unforgettable views over the city, the harbour and the gulf islands. It is part of…

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Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary and one of New Zealand's most important and exciting conservation projects. A hundred and twenty years of farming had seen this 220-hectare…

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