Auckland Travel Guide
Auckland’s sparkling Waitematā Harbour is a glorious backdrop to the city’s showcase of all New Zealand has to offer, from its rich Māori and European history, incredible dining experiences, and easy access to stunning natural wonders.
Auckland, New Zealand
History and culture
The annual Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival celebrates Auckland’s Māori seafaring history and culture through music, arts, craft and storytelling. Explore the Māori Galleries at Auckland Museum and see their collection of over 1000 Māori treasures (taonga). Follow the self-guided walking trail along the original shoreline to see landmark historic buildings and early built heritage from the colonial era. Explore the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum for a deep dive into Auckland’s colonial history.
Food and wine
Join in the Saturday ritual of the popular weekend markets in Auckland. Freshly shucked oysters, artisan bread, even handcrafted gins and ciders are all on offer at Matakana Village Farmers’ Market, while the Auckland Night Markets are a foodie heaven with over 50 food stalls producing multicultural delicacies and desserts.
Nature and wildlife
Get up close to whales, dolphins and amazing marine life at Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and visit Tiritiri Matangi Island’s open wildlife sanctuary, just 30 kms from central Auckland and home to many of New Zealand’s rarest native bird species.