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10 things to do in Auckland in 2020

Wondering what to do during your Auckland getaway? We've got you covered with ideas to suit every traveller.

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Auckland has activities that cater to any kind of trip. Whether you’d prefer to relax by the water, take a day trip, see the city by foot, from the sky or on the harbour, we’re sharing with you the best things to do in the City of Sails that will spark your curiosity and satisfy your thrill-seeking side.

Top things to do in Auckland

1. Bungy jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge

What is a trip to New Zealand without a thrill-seeking adventure? Choose from a range of jump styles including ankle tie or harness jump to sail through the air before briefly skimming the ocean water when you reach the bottom.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes open so you can enjoy the views of Waitemata Harbour.

2. Explore Auckland city

There are plenty of ways to see Auckland. Whether you’ve just arrived and want to get your bearings, you want to know where the best local spots are or you want to soak up as much history as possible, a city tour is a great way to spend a sunny day in Auckland. If you want to make a day of it, book a tour that includes a cruise along the Waitemata Harbour.

3. Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Take in incredible views of the City of Sails with a guided tour from atop the Auckland Harbour Bridge. As it’s the only bridge you can climb in New Zealand to see impeccable views, you don’t want to miss this experience that mixes adventure and history when you’re visiting Auckland. If you’re not a fan of heights but you’re curious about the history, opt for a day tour that will make a stop by the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Things to do in Auckland with kids

4. See marine life with a dolphin and whale watching experience

Set your sights on pods of dolphins and whales on a cruise the whole family will enjoy. There is expert commentary on board, so you and your little ones can learn all about marine life in Auckland. If you’re lucky, you may even spot more than just dolphins and whales on your cruise.

5. Go museum hopping

Auckland is home to a diverse range of museums. You’re likely to stumble across museums like Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOMAT) during your time in the city. Prepare ahead and book to get a glimpse of New Zealand’s history.

6. Take a day trip

Take your pick of the best day trips available from Auckland. A Hobbiton tour is a must for The Lord of the Rings fans. Adventurers should set their sights on a day trip to Rangitoto Island, one of the North Island’s most iconic locations where you can hike to the mountain summit, discover picturesque beaches and explore the lava fields.

Things to do in Auckland at night

7. Soar to great heights for dinner at Orbit 360° Dining

After a day of exploring Auckland’s best sites, make your way to Orbit 360° for a dinner with a view. Located at the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower, the dining room rotates once every hour so you can appreciate views overlooking the city and Hauraki Gulf.

8. Cruise along Auckland Harbour

While you enjoy a three-course dinner along Auckland Harbour, take in the views of the city’s illuminated skyline. It’s the perfect way to wind down from a day of sightseeing in the City of Sails.

Free things to do in Auckland

9. Stroll through Auckland Botanic Gardens

There are 64 hectares of gardens to explore at Auckland Botanic Gardens. With a wide variety of flowers, plants and trees to admire and its close proximity to both the city centre and airport, it’s well worth a visit.

10. Chase waterfalls

There are plenty of waterfalls around Auckland for you to explore. Turn your waterfall adventure into a day trip by exploring nearby hiking spots along the way. We recommend visiting Mauku Waterfall and Oakley Creek Falls.

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