Auckland

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery

It ain't the Louvre, but Auckland's public gallery has a fascinating collection of 19th-century portraits of tattooed Maori elders alongside contemporary New Zealand pieces.

corner Wellesley & Kitchener Sts., 011-649-379-1349, www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz
Tags: art | things to do | culture | history | gallery

Auckland Museum

Housed in a beautiful neo-classical building since 1929, the museum’s fascinating collection includes an extensive Maori section featuring intricately carved buildings and war canoes.

Domain Dr., 011-649-309-0433, www.aucklandmuseum.com
Tags: family | things to do | culture | architecture | museum

Auckland Zoo

Spot kiwi birds in their specially designed nocturnal habitat in this large, modern zoo – along with a huge variety of fauna from New Zealand and afar.

Motions Rd., 011- 649-360-3800, www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | zoo

One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

A trip up Auckland's largest volcano unlocks expansive views of the entire city. The carved terraces of a pre-colonial Maori hill-fort are easily distinguished.

670 Manukau Rd., www.aucklandcity.govt.nz
Tags: family | views | things to do | outdoors | culture

Rangitoto Island

A 35-minute ferry journey from central Auckland will get you to Rangitoto, Auckland's youngest volcano (600-700 years old). A walk up its symmetrical scoria-covered slopes provides excellent views of the city and North Shore.

Rangitoto Island, www.rangitoto.org
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Yachting

Auckland is known as the City of Sails and its picturesque gulf offers dozens of islands to explore. Cruises range from a 45-minute group sail ($48) to lavish private day trips ($1,050 for two).

Pride of Auckland, Hobson Wharf, Quay St., 011-649-373-4557, www.prideofauckland.com
Tags: cruise | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors

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