Auckland has a huge range of attractions, from the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere to up-close encounters with penguins and sharks.
Auckland's needle-like Sky Tower is the city's most prominent landmark, and at 328 meters, it’s New Zealand's tallest building. If you're looking for a place to snap the perfect city panorama, then the observation deck here (reached by zooming up to the top of the building in a glass elevator) is just the place to get your camera out, with views reaching 80 kilometers on a clear day. If you’re looking for excitement, you can take the quick way down by harnessing up and jumping off the edge, at Sky Jump.
For those visiting with the family, say hello to the fish at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, which allows you to get up close and personal with life under the water. For the thrill seekers, brave the rollercoasters at Rainbow's End. At the end of the day, soak in the thermal hot pools and ride the water slides at Parakai Springs.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain, in a vast neoclassical building dating back to 1929. The monument was first erected as a memorial dedicated to the New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War I. Today it houses an impressive artefact collection that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights New Zealand's natural heritage.