Whether you want to get up close with penguins and sharks or gaze at the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s attractions will provide you with plenty of options during your stay.
The city’s most prominent landmark is the needle-like Sky Tower. Measuring 328 meters, it’s the country’s (and the Southern Hemisphere’s) tallest building. It’s also the perfect place for soaking up inspiring views and snapping some pictures — you can see 80 kilometers on a clear day. If you’re in a rush to get down, head to Sky Jump, where you can get harnessed in and jump right off the edge.
Families will love visiting Kelly Tartlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, where you can get an up-close look at fascinating marine life. Thrill seekers will want to visit Rainbow’s End, New Zealand’s largest theme park. When you’re ready to unwind, head to Parakai Springs for water slides and inviting thermal pools.
If you prefer an educational experience, we highly recommend a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The museum occupies a 1929 neoclassical building that sits on Auckland Domain’s highest point. First built as a memorial for the New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War I, the museum now holds an artefact collection that traces the country’s history from its first Polynesian settlers to present day.