Culture fix

Discover the fascinating history of the land and people of New Zealand at Auckland Museum. See the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the country’s indigenous Maori people and experience one of the daily cultural performances. There’s an impressive range of world-class galleries and interactive displays the kids will love, and the remarkable historical building sits atop lush parkland with incredible views over the harbour – the perfect place for a family picnic. 

Visit the recently extended and refurbished Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where you’ll find an exceptional collection of traditional and contemporary art, with more than 15,000 works, as well as visiting exhibitions. Wander through at your leisure or enjoy a free guided tour.

Water lovers should make time to visit the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum to discover the way the sea has shaped New Zealand’s history and cultural identity. The museum tells the story of the country’s rich maritime history, from the Polynesians’ epic migration to Aotearoa, to European discoveries and settlement, to modern-day yachting success.

Shopping and fashion

Shop for designer fashion from internationally successful New Zealand designers like Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Zambesi and World, or browse the wide range of local fashion stores and malls throughout the city. 

Auckland’s top fashion precincts include bustling Ponsonby Road, Parnell’s exclusive boutiques, thriving Newmarket and the High Street/Chancery/Vulcan Lane quarter of the city. The newly restored Britomart precinct in Auckland’s downtown is rapidly becoming a fashion hub too. You can also browse local markets to pick up quality foods, fashion and Kiwi arts and crafts.

Places to eat 

Auckland has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés to suit every age, taste and budget, the diverse choices reflecting the city’s melting pot of cultures. Splurge at one of the many harbourside eateries or dig into fresh fish and chips at the Auckland Fish Market.

The Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter are both vibrant waterfront spots to enjoy a great meal – make sure you try the amazing fresh seafood New Zealand is famous for. The SKYCITY precinct also offers a wide range of restaurants, including Auckland’s only fully revolving restaurant up the Sky Tower, with amazing views over the city. 

The city fringe suburbs of Ponsonby, Mission Bay and Parnell are all popular dining spots, if you fancy a day trip further afield, visit the scenic village of Matakana north of the city, known for its vineyards and local organic produce.