Action and adventure

If it’s adventure you’re after in Auckland, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Experience spectacular 360-degree views of the city from the Sky Tower’s observation deck, 192 metres above ground. The Sky Tower is the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere and the twelfth largest building in the world. Get your heart pumping with SkyJump – New Zealand’s highest base jump – or the incredible SkyWalk, where you’ll walk around the exterior of the Sky Tower with nothing between you and the ground but a rope and a 1.2m wide platform – this is extreme sightseeing at its best.

For another high altitude option, climb up, under and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge with Auckland Bridge Climb. Watch the traffic zoom beneath you and check out the expansive city and harbour views. The perfect way to finish your climb is obvious – take the plunge off the Auckland Harbour Bridge for another thrill with AJ Hackett Bungy. 

Other endorphin-pumping activities include canyoning in the Waitakere Ranges, hurtling down the indoor ski run at Snowplanet and swimming with the sharks at Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.

Take a walk on the wild side 

Animal lovers will find plenty of chances to get up close and personal to critters and creatures of all shapes and sizes.

Take a stroll around Auckland Zoo, where you’ll see New Zealand’s largest collection of animals, home to 138 different species and over 860 animals. You can even go on a private tour and get a glimpse behind the scenes. With incredible themed spaces, it is recognised as one of the most progressive zoos in the world.  

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is one of the city’s top family attractions. Ride a snowcat through New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguin colony and see King and Gentoo penguins playing in their icy domain. Get an awe-inspiring look at giant rays in Stingray Bay and then journey beneath the ocean on a moving walkway to see sharks and thousands of incredible fish in the Underwater World.

Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world. Enjoy the scenic cruise onboard the luxury power catamaran, then watch the dolphins and whales at play in the pristine waters.

Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Sanctury is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world and a great spot for nature lovers. ‘Tiri’ is home to many of New Zealand’s rarest native bird species, as well as the oldest working lighthouse in New Zealand.