Fo Guang Shan Temple is a beautiful example of Asian temple architecture and is a place of true peace and serenity. The temple welcomes visitors and features fantastic and awe-inspiring statues of Buddha, well-maintained grounds, a small eatery that serves delicious meals, and a souvenir shop. Prayer services are frequently conducted for the religious. A visit to the Fo Guang Shan Temple is definitely a must when in the city.
One of New Zealand's earliest museums, the Auckland War Memorial Museum houses some of the country's largest collection of Maori and Pacific Island taonga (treasures), as well as a heritage library. It also has fantastic interactive discovery centers for children, as well as the Scars on the Heart exhibition of New Zealand war history. A 20-minute Maori cultural performance featuring songs, poi dances, stick games, a weaponry display and haka also takes place here. The steps of the Auckland War Memorial Museum offer splendid views over the Cenotaph forecourt to the Domain, the city, the Waitemata Harbour, and beyond.
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki houses and displays the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country. First opened in 1888, this Victorian-esque building is built in the French Chateau style. The various temporary and permanent exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki feature artworks that span numerous periods and art mediums. This extraordinary art gallery is home to timeless works of art attributed to native as well as international artists. The gallery also boasts other amenities such as a library, a shop and a café.
There has always been funny business in this establishment--before it became a comedy theatre, it was a porn cinema! Now, you will find a varied array of funny folk from part-timers and professionals through to international comedians. Occasionally there are other events, such as music, film and video, and alternative cabaret. Check their website for details of events. There are two licensed bars and cabaret seating for up to 140 people.
The old Pumphouse, with its tall landmark chimney on the shores of Lake Pupuke, stands as a glorious red brick reminder of the past and is now restored as a charming theatre and gallery. The Pumphouse café overlooks the lake with its gentle urban tree-framed view, ducks, swans and energetic rowers and sailors. The North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust administers the Pumphouse. The Gallery is situated upstairs and functions as a show place for North Shore arts and crafts with a wide-ranging variety of exhibitions.
1000 years of maritime history are revealed in creative ways on the harbor's edge. The museum features numerous restored vessels, some afloat in the marina. Daily cruises are offered on the scow, which sets sail when the cannon is fired at noon. Learn the stories of Polynesian voyaging, immigration, navigation and whaling. Meet Salty Sam! Use the interactive exhibits or join the model-makers workshop. There is also a café and store.
Located in the heart of Auckland, the St Patrick's Cathedral is one of the city's most revered places of worship that welcomes over three thousand devoted followers every week. The church was originally established by the first Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Jean Baptiste in the year 1841 and was built and designed by Australian architect Walter Robinson. This original building no longer survives, and major additions can be attributed to Edward Mahoney and his son, Thomas Mahoney. The current church is a fine specimen of mid 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture and features traditional Gothic-style windows, a prominent whitewashed spire and a very fine timbered ceiling that features immense wooden trusses. The cathedral was consecrated on the 1st of September 1963 by Archbishop Liston.
Home to nearly one-third of New Zealand's entire population, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city that thrives at the brink of the Hauraki Gulf. Its slender bounds are packed with natural landscapes, picturesque harbors, a renowned arts scene and a good quality of life. Known as the 'City of Sails', Auckland enjoys a dual harbor advantage that is unique to the city. While the Manukau Harbour sits on the Tasman Sea, the Waitemata Harbour is farther out into the Pacific Ocean. The city of Auckland, with its sophisticated outlook, booms with cultural diversity, which is visible in the museums dotting its streets, its interest in classical concerts and orchestra, and the arsenal of international and local festivals that are held here annually. Away from Auckland's pleasant bustle, the Waiheke Island on the gulf offers a relaxing respite and includes sparkling beaches and vineyards in its stunning landscape.
Located inside the neo-Romanesque building which houses The Kenneth Myers Centre, the Gus Fisher Gallery showcases a fine mix of contemporary and historic art within it's exhibition rooms. The gallery functions under the aegis of University of Auckland Centre for Art Research and participates extensively in research as well as preservation of historic art of New Zealand and Pacific. Apart from the exhibition spaces, the gallery also houses dance studios and performance hall where other events like concerts, dance shows and theater take place throughout the year.
Established in 1987 by father and son duo, Douglas and Mark Gibson, Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer Bus is among the most loved sightseeing operators in town. The yellow, double decker bus with a huge signage of Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer is a popular sight to behold on road. Running in two different routes, the Blue Loop and Red Loop, the fleet size also differ, with the Red Loop buses being bigger. Get to know Auckland's top 14 attractions with commentaries in different languages. The all-day pass ensures you can get on and off at your pace. You can also make your own sightseeing list for an adjustable ticket that is valid for a maximum of two days. So hop on or off the bus to see the best of the city.
The Britomart Space Project is unique in its idea. It uses the arched windows of the Stanbeth Building, a heritage structure, to display works of art by various artists. These works of art are changed every few weeks. Along with paintings, it also holds performances and displays of multimedia installations as well as visual arts through the year. Take a walk down Customs Street East to visit this one-of-a-kind art gallery.