Auckland Through My Experience: Best places to visit and more


Its been few months I’ve shifted to Auckland for my studies, between my busy college schedule and submissions, I was able to squeez some time to explore this beautiful city.

In my quest, I came across amazing places which I think everyone visiting Auckland should visit without fail. Here is quick list of those places and things you should definetly experience while you visit it

1. Sky Tower


  • The Sky Tower stands 328 meters tall as an icon of Auckland’s sky line for almost 20 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breath-taking views.
  • View the city from 220 metres high above street level
  • Panoramic 360˚ views up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
  • Spot key landmarks, volcanoes and other historical locations within the greater Auckland area.
  • Things to do :
    • Dine at Sky Cafe
    • Sky Walk
    • Sky Jump


2. Auckland Domain


  • Auckland Domain is the city’s oldest park
  • Also known as The Domain, Duck Ponds, Winter gardens, Sensory Gardens, Pukekawa, Pukekaroa, Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Band Rotunda, Kiosk and Gum Tree Hill.
  • Things to do :
    • Visit Auckland War Memorial Museum sitting at the highest point.
    • Roam around spacious wintergardens and few other formal gardens, duck ponds, large green open spaces edged by mature trees, bush walks and statuary making these place ideal for you selfies


3. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life


  • Set on the waterfront of Auckland City on Okahu Bay, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is one of Auckland’s top attractions.
  • Kelly Tarlton’s showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels.
  • Things to do :
    • Enjoy Animal Adventures offering unique and thrilling ‘up close’ underwater encounters with huge sharks, including the all new Shark Dive Extreme and Shark Cage experience.
    • You can also head out onto the ice to get up close to our amazing penguins with Penguin Discovery


4. New Zealand’s Maritime Museum


From Kupe and the first Polynesians to arrive in New Zealand, to the discovery and settlement of New Zealand by Europeans, right through to our present day yachting success and the inspirational story of Sir Peter Blake, visit the Museum to discover the stories that have shaped our identity as a seafaring nation.

Things to do :

  • Along the way you can try your hand at yacht design, relax in a kiwi style Bach, hoist the sails, hear the cannon fire, and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin.
  • If you’re are boat lover, then this is a sure visit for you.


5. The Hauraki Gulf


  • The Hauraki Gulf, on the doorstep of Auckland city, is home to a multitude of remarkable islands.
  • Things to do :
    • Walk to the summit of Rangitoto, the black lava volcanic island in the middle of the inner Hauraki Gulf. Hire a kayak and join an evening paddle to the island.
    • Enjoy wine tasting and beachcombing on Waiheke Island, a half hour ferry ride from the city centre.
    • Sunbathe and swim at Motuihe Island.
    • Discover the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island – once the home of Governor George Grey.
    • Visit the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. The island is home to many endangered birds, including the extremely rare Takahe.
    • Experience a wilderness adventure on Great Barrier Island – tracks lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic kauri dams.

Quick heads up : A bit expensive

So with this I conclude my short list, again this not all there are more places you should visit in/around Auckland like

  • Auckland Zoo is always fun – home to 117 species, and over 700 animals. There’s always lots to see and do all year, including events and Zoom (behind the scenes) tours. Daily Zoo encounters, presented by zoo keepers, give you the opportunity to come eye to eye with some amazing creatures.
  • Have a thrilling day at Rainbows End Adventure Park in Manukau City. Plummet on the Fear Fall, spiral on the roller coaster and zoom down the log flume.
  • SheepWorld promises a close encounter with farm animals.


Happy traveling, thanks you reading!


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