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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.
Pocket-friendly option: Morning Auckland City Highlights Tour
Ultimate experience: Taste of Auckland Full-Day City & Wine Tour with Lunch
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.
Pocket-friendly option: Auckland Private Day Tour
Ultimate experience: Auckland Bridge Climb
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.
Pocket-friendly option: Auckland Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Ultimate experience: Whale Watching Explorer Helicopter Flight - 30 Mins
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.
Pocket-friendly option: New Zealand Maritime Museum Tickets
Ultimate experience: Auckland War Memorial Museum Ticket
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.
Pocket-friendly option: Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour
Pocket-friendly option: Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer Tour and Ferry
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.
Our top pick: Orbit 360° Dining at SKYCITY Auckland from Klook
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.
Our top pick: Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise from Lastminute.com.au
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.