12 things to do in Auckland in 2021
Wondering what to do during your Auckland getaway? We've got you covered with ideas to suit every traveller.
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Auckland has activities that cater to any kind of trip. Whether you'd prefer to relax by the water, see the city by foot, from the sky or on the harbour, we're sharing with you the best things to do in the City of Sails that will spark your curiosity and satisfy your thrill-seeking side.
Top things to do in Auckland
1. Bungy jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge
What is a trip to New Zealand without a thrill-seeking adventure? Choose from a range of jump styles including ankle tie or harness jump to sail through the air before briefly skimming the ocean water when you reach the bottom.
Don't forget to keep your eyes open so you can enjoy the views of Waitemata Harbour.
Our top pick:
Auckland Bridge Bungy from Klook
2. Explore Auckland city
There are plenty of ways to see Auckland. Whether you've just arrived and want to get your bearings, you want to know where the best local spots are or you want to soak up as much history as possible, a city tour is a great way to spend a sunny day in Auckland. If you want to make a day of it, book a tour that includes a cruise along the Waitemata Harbour.
Morning Auckland City Highlights Half Day Tour from Klook
Spectacular Auckland Day Tour with Fullers Harbour Explorer Cruise from Klook
3. Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge
Take in incredible views of the City of Sails with a guided tour from atop the Auckland Harbour Bridge. As it's the only bridge you can climb in New Zealand to see impeccable views, you don't want to miss this experience that mixes adventure and history when you're visiting Auckland. If you're not a fan of heights but you're curious about the history, opt for a day tour that will make a stop by the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Auckland Private Day Tour from Klook
Ultimate experience: Auckland Bridge Climb from Klook
Things to do in Auckland with kids
4. See marine life with a dolphin and whale watching experience
Set your sights on pods of dolphins and whales on a cruise the whole family will enjoy. There is expert commentary on board, so you and your little ones can learn all about marine life in Auckland. If you're lucky, you may even spot more than just dolphins and whales on your cruise.
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Klook
2-Day Combo: Auckland City & Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Wotif
5. Go museum hopping
Auckland is home to a diverse range of museums. You're likely to stumble across museums like Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOMAT) during your time in the city. Prepare ahead and book to get a glimpse of New Zealand's history.
New Zealand Maritime Museum Tickets from Wotif
Auckland Museum General Admission Tickets from Wotif
Things to do in Auckland at night
6. Soar to great heights for dinner at Orbit 360° Dining
After a day of exploring Auckland's best sites, make your way to Orbit 360° for a dinner with a view. Located at the top of Auckland's Sky Tower, the dining room rotates once every hour so you can appreciate views overlooking the city and Hauraki Gulf.
Our top pick:
Orbit 360° Dining at SKYCITY Auckland from Klook
7. Cruise along Auckland Harbour
While you enjoy a three-course dinner along Auckland Harbour, take in the views of the city's illuminated skyline. It's the perfect way to wind down from a day of sightseeing in the City of Sails.
Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise from Klook
Top day trips you can take from Auckland
8. Relive The Lord of the Rings movies in Hobbiton
If you're a The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit fan, you won't want to miss out on a trip to the famous film set of Hobbiton. While this can be seen on your own, the best way to do it is by booking yourself a spot in a set tour.
During these tours, your guide will share stories from behind the scenes and facts about the creation of the sets.
Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour from Klook
Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Day Tour from Auckland from Klook
9. Get a taste of local wine on Waiheke Island
Board the ferry at Auckland Ferry Terminal and admire the views as you make your way to Waiheke Island. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by a guide who will take you around to different vineyards to try local wines and produce. Want to add some adventure into the mix? Book a tour that will take you to the EcoZip Adventures site to enjoy an adrenaline-filled zip-lining experience in the forest before making your way to multiple vineyards on the island.
Taste of Waiheke Island Tour from Wotif
Waiheke Island Zipline and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland from Klook
10. Discover the natural beauty of Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island is one of the North Island's most iconic locations and is only a short ferry ride from Auckland. Booking a day trip will ensure you experience the must-see spots including hiking to the mountain summit, exploring picturesque beaches and exploring the lava fields.
Our top pick:
Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland from Viator
Free things to do in Auckland
11. Stroll through Auckland Botanic Gardens
There are 64 hectares of gardens to explore at Auckland Botanic Gardens. With a wide variety of flowers, plants and trees to admire and its close proximity to both the city centre and airport, it's well worth a visit.
12. Chase waterfalls
There are plenty of waterfalls around Auckland for you to explore. Turn your waterfall adventure into a day trip by exploring nearby hiking spots along the way. We recommend visiting Mauku Waterfall and Oakley Creek Falls.
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