Home to over 100 species and thousands of animals, the Auckland Zoo has committed itself to improve the living conditions of one of New Zealand's largest collection of native and exotic animal species. Visitors can marvel at the rare white rhinos and zebras on the Pridelands, or observe their favorite animals at one of the many zoo tracks, such as the Australia Bush Track or the South America Rainforest Track. Safari nights, photography workshops and specially designed experiences make for an enriching visit. The zoo also has outreach and educational programs for both visitors and local groups and is available for corporate and private functions.
One of the largest and most important stadiums in New Zealand, Eden Park has played host to many sporting events ever since its inception. The stadium hosts rugby during winters and cricket during summers. Having served as a venue for several cricket tournaments, including the World Cups of 1992 and 2015, the stadium also enables visitors to explore its expansive premises and all they have to offer through informative tours and ziplining excursions. Apart from hosting various sporting events, the stadium is also utilized for numerous cultural, social and entertainment purposes.
The brainchild of marine archaeologist Kelly Tarlton, this wonderful aquarium features underwater passageways that allow you to observe diverse sea life in gigantic tanks. Large sharks, gliding stingrays and many species of fish found in New Zealand's waters are above and beside you as the moving floor carries you along. Feeding time is an especially exciting experience that visitors must not miss. The Antarctic Ice Adventure display features live penguins and a recreation of life on the great southern continent, whereas Turtle Bay houses rehabilitated turtles in a large acrylic tank. Visitors should ideally allow up to two hours to fully appreciate these combined attractions.
Canyoning, although well established overseas, is relatively new in New Zealand. Participants travel down a stream by means of a combination of abseiling, sliding and jumping off waterfalls. The venue is the Blue Canyon, in the Waitakere Ranges on the rugged West Coast. The adventure takes all day - you will get your money's worth. After a half-hour hike to the stream, there are 15 waterfalls ranging from two to 25 meters in height to be negotiated. Other trips visit the Coromandel Peninsula. All equipment (including wet suits), food and transport is provided. Training in abseiling is also given.
Alberton dates from 1863. Starting life as a farmhouse, it was expanded to 18 rooms with exotic towers and verandas on several levels. The estate once comprised extensive farmland, gardens and orchards making it self-sufficient. In its heyday Alberton was famous for balls, garden parties, music and hunting. The grand house contrasts with the attic servant quarters. Original furniture and antique household items remain and the garden contains fine mature trees and a fountain. Alberton is available for cocktail and garden parties, weddings and marquee functions.
A sprawling park said to occupy a whopping 94-hectares (232-acres) of land area, Barry Curtis Park incorporates a plethora of features and attractions that warrant a visit. These include the artistic stone sculptures and art installations, ponds and streams, large amphitheater and open air spaces for events. The picturesque park attracts a number of kids who visit the park to make use of the multipurpose sports complex and the well-maintained playgrounds. A part of the network known as Green Fingers, it has evolved into an urban park without affecting the ecology and natural habitat.
SkyWalk and SkyJump is one of the city's most thrilling adventure spots. With the opportunity to have an entire 360 degree view of the scenic city from the Skywalk, to jumping off it, you are bound to have an amazing experience. There is a lot that you can do at SkyWalk, like taking pictures and digging a little deeper into the history of the spectacular architectural marvel. So join your group and take a trip to this enthralling landmark of the city.
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.
Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise is the perfect trip for those who wish to explore the beautiful waterways of Waitemata Harbour an take in the beauty of Auckland from a different perspective. During the 1.5 hours course of the cruise, you will be sailing past iconic attractions like North Head, Bean Rock Lighthouse, Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour Bridge and Devonport Naval Base amongst many others. The tour guide will give you quick information and interesting facts about these tourist attractions and about Auckland in general. Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise is ideal for the entire family where each member will definitely have lot of fun and will take away pleasant and fond memories.
Auckland Free Walking Tours is a perfect way to explore the history and culture of the city. Friendly and knowledgeable guides take you on a leisurely stroll through the city and regale you with gripping stories of the city's origins. Not only is the tour captivating, it is free and a great way to meet fellow visitors to the city. Although they do not charge for city tours, donations are definitely welcome. Check their website for tour timings and to make bookings.
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari is a heaven for all those who love the very idea of breathtaking marine excursions. With numerous whales and dolphins, inhabiting the park, one can happily spend their day immersed in the knowledge of various marine animals, getting to know more about their nature. The safari is built to help you have the time of your life, surrounded by water and beautiful marine creatures. You can bring your group of loved ones along, spend a day admiring this nature's bounty in a man made park and take back a bag full of memories.
There are numerous Maori Pa archaeological sites all over the Auckland region, often situated on the city's volcanic cones, where terracing for housing and food storage pits was cut into the hillside. Middens, and defensive ditches and banks are sometimes still visible, and occasionally stone field gardens, such as at Otuataua in Mangere. An Archaeological Trail brochure from the Visitor Centre in Cornwall Park benefits a self-guided tour of One Tree Hill. Other good sites include Mt Eden (Maungawhau), Mt Hobson (Remuera), Mt St. John (Epsom), Mangere Mountain, and Kauri Point (near Birkenhead).