Best Things To Do in Auckland Central
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Auckland team
Our guide features a huge choice of things to do in Auckland. Situated between two harbours there's plenty of water based activities on offer. As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is packed full of family attractions, museums and galleries, while over 50 volcanoes offer superb walking trails. You'll never be short of things to do in Auckland!
Known as the 'City of Sails', water based activities are big here, with yachts dotted everywhere. Scenic cruises and island hopping on the ferries are a great way 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 Britomart precinct.
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 selection 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 are 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.