Local Attractions in Auckland
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Auckland offers many different attractions and activities, entertain yourself with a bike ride around the city or be entertained at one of the many festivals 'The City of Sails' supports.
Auckland Art Fair
The Biannual Auckland Art Fair is New Zealand’s international showcase for presenting exhibitions from a select group of galleries in New Zealand and Australia. Pieces created by the region’s most sought after artists are available for viewing and purchasing. The Auckland Art Fair is run over 4 days and attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the world. The fair is held at The Cloud at Queen’s Wharf which is adjacent to the Auckland Ferry Terminal on the waterfront.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Considered one of New Zealands finest heritage buildings the Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealand’s first museum and gives visitors an insight into New Zealand’s rich history, heritage and culture.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is located in Parnell in Auckland and is easily accessible from all parts of Auckland with outstanding public transport available and is also in easy walking distance from popular shopping and dining options in Parnell.
Take part in some New Zealand’s best entertainment and festivities while celebrating the Maori New Year. Auckland comes alive for around four weeks every year to celebrate this significant tradition. With an extensive programme you will find entertainment to suit everybody in locations across Auckland.
Take the opportunity to relax at Bliss Reflexology during your holiday or get away to Auckland. Bliss Reflexology offers Chinese Traditional treatments for absolute relaxation for all clients. Voted as Auckland’s most popular day spa for 8 years in a row it is something you do not want to miss out on.
East Day Spa
Offering a combination of eastern holistic healing traditions you will leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. East Day Spa is situated on the ground floor of SkyCity Grand Hotel and is open 7 days for all types of treatments including group bookings.
Seres Beauty Therapy & Wellness
With many great packages available you can treat yourself to day of complete relaxation with Seres Beauty Therapy & Wellness. Seres has two great locations in the Auckland are, a city branch down Queen Street in central Auckland and the other is in Newmarket further out of Auckland CBD.
Nails of Parnell
In need of some you time? Head into Nails of Parnell for Auckland’s leader in Spa Manicure, Spa Pedicure & Nail Enhancement. You will be treated to a relaxing time and be ready to go out and show of your new nails!
Aotea Square Ice Rink
You can enjoy this popular winter experience in the city centre in all kinds of weather as it is covered in. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance for a standard 90 minute skating experience with skates included. There are also great programmes available including lessons and demonstrations.
The Aotea Square Ice Rink is open to the public from 27th June 2013 to 11th August 2013. The Ice Rink is open daily - week days 12noon till 10pm and school holidays/weekends 10am till 10pm.
Adventure Capital Bike Hire
Adventure Capital gives travellers the ability to view the City of Sails by bicycle! Enjoy the exquisite waterfront or venture further to Waiheke Island via the Ferry (Fullers carry bikes for free). Hire a bike for a half day, full day or even overnight with great rates for exploring Auckland your own way.
Bike rental of either road or mountain bikes includes bike, helmet, maps, cable lock and offers from local attractions for you to take advantage of.
The Viaduct is the entertainment hub of Auckland with a myriad of bars and restaurants. On a sunny day this is the place you want to be relaxing and watch the busy harbour. The Viaduct is also known to host regular events. Be sure to add this location to your ‘To-Do’ list as it is a truly inspiring atmosphere with a 24 hour buzz.
SkyCity & Sky Tower
Sky City in Auckland is the home of Auckland Casino and a whole bunch of other entertainment options. Treat yourself to dinner and a drink and one of its restaurants and look out for live entertainment in the casino.
The Auckland Sky Tower stands high above the city and is one of the most interesting and entertaining land marks. It is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand at 328 metres tall and gives visitors a brilliant 360-degree view of the city. As well as being able to walk up to the top you can also capture your adventurous side and do the SkyJump and the SkyWalk. There is a revolving restaurant at the top of the SkyTower providing stunning to food to match the view.
The Strand Arcade
Feel like some boutique shopping among some of Auckland’s richest history? Head down to the Strand Arcade in central Auckland built in 1910 with many of the 1900’s elements still showing and embrace the beautiful architecture. You will also find a food court available with a large selection of East Asian food.
Rainbows End Theme Park
Let yourself go at the thrilling Rainbows End Theme Park! There is entertainment to suit everyone with New Zealands one and only corkscrew roller coaster. Rainbows End Theme Park is only 15 minutes from Auckland Airport and approximately 20-30 minutes from Auckland CBD. Make sure you leave a day free to head down to Rainbows End, you won’t want to miss the excitement!
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 species of plants which come from all over the world. There is a visitor centre with staff that are able to advise you on any questions about the Gardens you may have, and guided walks are available. Café Miko is onsite to top up your energy levels after a day of admiring the flora and fauna at Auckland Botanic Gardens.
Waiheke Island is in the middle of Auckland’s Hauraiki Gulf and is a perfect blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke Island is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland City, and is known internationally for its food & arts. There is a wide range of activities to do on Waiheke such as hiring a bike and exploring the island, visiting various art galleries on the island or zip lining through the forest.
Albert Park is a park within central Auckland. There is a variety of flora and fauna within the park as well as a bronze statue of Queen Victoria and a large floral clock, which was donated by Robert Laidlaw who is the founder of the Farmers department store chain. Albert Park is a great place to escape to from the hustle and bustle of Auckland City.
Kelly Tarlton’s is set on the waterfront of Auckland City just moments from Mission Beach on Ohaku Bay. Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium showcases over 30 animal exhibits from over 80 different species in amazing displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit, and spectacular underwater viewing tunnels.
Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, and is set within 17 hectares of parkland just minutes from central Auckland. Make sure you look at the Auckland Zoo website to check out the animal feeding times!
Butterfly Creek hosts New Zealand’s only giant saltwater crocodile. They also are home to New Zealand’s giant weta, which is one of the largest insects in the world, 16 tarantulas, a butterfly house, monkeys, and many more fascinating and wonderful creepy crawlies. There is also Papillion café onsite to enjoy.