Auckland is defined by its harbourside location, aptly named the 'City of Sails' with the many yachts, and watersport activities on offer. The central city is on the doorstep of the Viaduct, Princes Wharf and the recently developed Wynyard Quarter... Show More
Tourist Information About Downtown Auckland
Auckland is defined by its harbourside location, aptly named the 'City of Sails' with the many yachts, and watersport activities on offer. The central city is on the doorstep of the Viaduct, Princes Wharf and the recently developed Wynyard Quarter offering a fantastic selection of bars, cafés and restaurants in one waterfront destination. If you love the inner-city feel, check out the Britomart precinct where graceful heritage buildings house quirky and cutting-edge designer clothing boutiques, the newest and hippest bars, and restaurants. This is also one of Auckland's most popular nightlife destinations, with many of the city's top bars and nightspots all within a few blocks. Some favourite attractions and activities are the Auckland Zoo, Auckland Museum and bungy jumping from Auckland Bridge. SkyJump and SkyWalk at the top of the Auckland Sky Tower and enjoy incredible rotating 360-degree views during dinner. Another must-do is Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and Butterfly Creek for the kids.
Best Attractions and free things to do in Downtown Auckland
1. America's Cup Sailing Experience
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve as crew on an America's Cup yacht. Normally the property of millionaires and elite professional sailors, we now offer everybody, regardless of expertise, the opportunity to sail these grand-prix racing machines. With the help of our trained crew, you will learn how to sail this original race sailboat as part of a team. As you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbor, take the helm, exert energy on the grinders, or sit back, relax, and enjoy the action.
2. Rotorua Escape
Experience this day Trip to Rotorua to see the geyser, learn about the Maori history and other interesting sights. This is an information filled and exciting trip that will leave you with long lasting memories.
3. Hobbiton Express Tour
This small group tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton movie set is an easy day trip. A fully guided tour of the set from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogy is included in the day. The Shire Rest Cafe also serves a delicious lunch. From pick-up to drop-off in Auckland City, our knowledgeable guides will look after you the entire day. They feature a detailed route description, as well as information about the locations you'll be passing through and the history of the movie set you'll be visiting. There is a quick halt on the way down to Hobbiton at a local cafe if you wish to buy some local baked goods or a cup of coffee.
4. Odyssey Sensory Maze
Odyssey is an awe-inspiring adventure in which you will encounter darker challenging spaces, quirky physical obstacles and challenges, illusions, lighting effects, scents, sound effects, and strange sensations while trying to find your way out, all of which will provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget!
5. Weta Workshop Unleashed
It's part movie set. It's part creative workshop. But not everything is as it seems. Fantastical worlds are brought to life inside these paint-splattered walls thanks to Workshop magic. They've thrown the most fundamental inhabitants of Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy into the mix: monsters, outrageously realistic giants, and one GALACTIC robot. Enter Weta Workshop Unleashed. Immerse yourself in an universe where reality and fantasy collide.
6. Ted Ashby Sailing
Set sail in Auckland's Harbor on our vintage scow, TED ASHBY, for an hour-long tour. From the sea, you can see the city skyline, the Sky Tower, and the Auckland Harbor Bridge.
7. Axe Throwing
Put on your best plaid shirt, your stompiest shoes, trim your beard, tie back your hair, and prepare to let your inner lumberjack or lumberjill and their axe FLY. Test your talents with the Sweet Axe Throwing Co Axpert Trainers and take part in NZ's best axe throwing experience. It's a great opportunity to let off steam, put your skills to the test, and try something new and interesting - who knows, it might turn out to be a talent. The axe-pros will have you throwing with confidence and accuracy in no time, whatever of your skill level. Perfect for a friendly competition with your friends or to spice up a corporate function.
8. Beach Horse Riding
The tour begins with a pick-up from Auckland Central in one of our elegant Mercedes Vans, followed by a drive north of Auckland through the gorgeous Rodney Region roads.
Before you begin the ride, you will have some time to meet your tour guide and your horse when we arrive at our Horse Riding.
The guide will show you how to ride the horse and provide you safety instructions. Then take a one-hour horseback ride down one of New Zealand's most stunning beaches, watching the blue water embrace the white sand while soaking up the sun.
9. Auckland Harbor Dinner Cruise
With a dinner on the water, you can fully immerse yourself in Auckland's harbor setting. As you leave the pier for the open water, enjoy canapes and a welcome drink. As you sail past iconic landmarks, your friendly knowledgeable crew will take you through Auckland's unique history. There are lots of opportunities to go sailing, take the ideal photograph, or simply sit back and take in the surroundings.
Dinner is served either above deck while you enjoy the sea breeze or below deck in the well-appointed stateroom. During the leisurely sail back to the vibrant Viaduct Basin, enjoy dessert from the cockpit as the city lights up.
10. Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto, with its characteristic symmetrical cone and excellent placement right off the shore, is Auckland's most iconic island. The island, which is only a short picturesque ferry journey across the harbor from downtown Auckland, is a popular hiking and day-trip destination.
Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand.