Auckland Activities Around City Highlights

On a visit to Auckland activities around city highlights take an important role to get to know the visited place.

Auckland Ferry Building

Visiting Auckland Highlights can restrict itself to the sights or take the beautiful scenery into account. Visiting only the main attractions or a combine the city with a wilderness experience. The independent traveller most likely choose the hop-on and hop-off bus to spend as little or as much time at the places as they want to. While the more adventurous tourists are not satisfied with just looking and prefer to climb the Harbour Bridge.

The following is a list of the main attractions that are bus stops to the Hop-on and Hop-off bus within the city:

  • Ferry Building
    Despite a lot of architectural competition the ferry building, built in 1912 forms still a centerpiece to the harbour. Ferry services to Devenport and Hauruki Gulf islands such as Rangitoto Island are operated from here.
  • Bastion Point Lookout
    The short walk to Mission Bay Beach offers views of Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
    Aquatic life can be observed up close by walking through a glass tunnel. Among the 30 life displays reigns the largest penguin colony in captivity
  • Parnell Rose Park Gardens
    Most picturesque during the blooming season between October and April.
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral
    A place of worship, learning, art and architecture
  • Auckland Museum
    Historic New Zealand encompassing Maori people, early settlers, native animal life, and the ANZAC's find exhibits on three expansive levels.
  • Parnell Village
    Picturesque oldest suburb in New Zealand with plenty galleries, cafes, restaurants and charming boutique-style stores
  • Civic Theater Corner
    At the Queen Street the main street of down town Auckland. From here it is just a short walk to the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Sky City and Sky Tower
    The Sky Tower ranges under the 15 highest architectural structures in the world. Enjoy panoramic city views from 192m above street level. For adventurous ones a sky walk around the tower or sky jump is possible.
  • Winter Gardens
    Lovely duck pond set within a natural spring
  • Eden Gardens
    Described and New Zealand's best kept secret. It shows off a delightful mix of art and craft gardening.
  • Mt Eden
    Auckland's highest point with great views overlooking the city and harbour
  • St Lukes Westfield Shopping Center
    Auckland's largest shopping mall
  • Auckland Zoo
    The largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand
  • MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology
    Take an interactive journey and see how technology has shaped New Zealand
  • Harbour  Bridge
    The Harbour Bridge is one construction that stands out dominating the Waitemata Harbour. It is the longest road bridge on the North Island with a total length of 1,020 metres.

Hop-on and Hop-off Tour

Hop-on and hop-off bus

Explore Auckland independent yet convenient on bus with commentary, where you can hop on or off at any time. The bus intervals are 30 minutes during the summer time and one hour during winter. All major sights have a bus stop. Two bus circles red and blue encourage to split the tour into a two day venture and spend some time to visit the Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo or MOTAT or just strolling through Parnell Village, the oldest suburb of New Zealand.

Auckland City Highlights

Auckland City Highlights

In a 3 hour tour Auckland's top sights will be visited. It includes a panoramic view from North Shore that encourages to take photos from Auckland's skyline. A stop with a stroll through historic Parnell Village. The tour goes on to the city's oldest park the Auckland Domain and follows then the famed Queen Street with its heritage architecture.

Auckland Discovery Tour

Auckland Discovery Tour

The tour passes all major sights in Auckland with commentary by the accompanying guide. The duration will be about 3 hours, which doubles if the tour will be combined with one of the following: a stop at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Encounter or a visit by ferry to historic Devonport. Other options are a Harbour Cruise by Fuller's, a cultural performance in the Auckland Museum, a Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views, a sailing cruise with lunch or a stopover on Waiheke Island with wine tasting in three premier wineries.

Tour Auckland City by Harley Davidson

Auckland City Harley Davidson Tour

The city tour is led by local and experienced Harley Davidson rider guides. Cruising across the Harbour Bridge for the full extent of views across the Waitemata Harbour along roads that are well suited to motorcycle touring. There will be plenty of scenic photo opportunities along the way from Harbour Bridge to Mt. Eden and Parnell Village.

City Highlights and Wilderness Experience

Auckland City Highlights and Wilderness Experience

Get the best of both worlds all Auckland City highlights in the morning and in the afternoon escape into the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Scenic views of the Pacific Ocean in the east and the wild and rugged coast along the Tasman Sea in the west. Stop by at the Arataki Centre the gateway to the Waitakeres for views and more.

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Encounter

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life

30 life exhibits and more that 80 species await visitors to Kelly Tarton's underwater world. Amongst them are the Gentoo penguins, a large jelly fish colony, the largest sting ray specie. For the brave hearted among the visitors there is the opportunity to dive into the waters for a face to face encounter with a shark. For all not as brave hearted ones observe the sharks through the glass tunnel, the brainchild of Kelly Tarlton a NZ marine archaeologist and diver.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

The reward of climbing up to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge is a 360 degree view 67 meters above the water stretching over the harbour the city skyline and island landscapes in the distance. A knowledgeable guide will share the tales of the landmark that saw Auckland grow and had to, too.


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