The vibrant North Auckland Bays run up the east coast from downtown Auckland and starts with a 12 minute ferry ride from the central city to Devonport. Devonport is packed with 19th century buildings, amazing views and is known for local arts and ... Show More
Tourist Information About Northern Bays
The vibrant North Auckland Bays run up the east coast from downtown Auckland and starts with a 12 minute ferry ride from the central city to Devonport. Devonport is packed with 19th century buildings, amazing views and is known for local arts and crafts galleries. The whole Northern Bay / North Shore area with Devonport, Takapuna, Milford and Orewa beaches is laced with long sandy beaches with stunning views of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf and filled with many beach activities, great shopping, excellent cafés, restaurants and activities. Locals and visitors alike flock to the beach to picnic, swim and take part in the many water sports with windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding or sit back and watch the world sail by with uninterrupted views of the islands.
Best Attractions and free things to do in the Northern Bays
1. Escape HQ Auckland
Prepare for an exciting hour of entertainment and fun! Choose your game, and prepare to be challenged as you search for clues and solve puzzles utilizing logic and problem-solving abilities. These helpful Games Masters are always available to assist you and will customize the experience to your preferences. Escape HQ has one-of-a-kind game rooms, a private event space, and BYO food and catering options. Escape HQ is ideal for team building, birthday parties, friends and family gatherings, and stag and hen dos.
2. Guided Segway Tour
This segway tour of Takarunga/Mount Victoria is the greatest way to explore the attractions while having a great time!
Takarunga/Mount Victoria is the highest volcanic cone on Tamaki Makaurau/North Auckland's Shore and is definitely worth visiting. On your segway, you'll glide effortlessly to the summit, where the views of the city and the Hauraki Gulf are breathtaking.
This one-and-a-half-hour segway tour in Auckland includes an informative narration. You'll learn about the secrets of the vivid mushroom field and the 'Disappearing Gun' as you travel up and down the mountain and through the village. This is the ideal family trip for a lazy summer's day!
3. 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.
4. Climb a volcano
Yep, that's Right, you can climb a volcano! The terrain of Auckland is peppered with 48 volcanoes, all of which are dormant and offer 360-degree vistas of the city. Mount Eden is the city's highest natural point, and its 50-meter-deep crater and surroundings have a significant Mori history. Walk to the summit of Takarunga or Maungauika in Devonport, or to Cornwall Park and Maungakiekie, one of New Zealand's largest former Māori settlement complexes.
5. Auckland arts and culture
Explore the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre's lovely historic Pah Homestead to explore ever-changing modern art shows. Residents of New Zealand can also visit the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for free, where they can walk among more than 15,000 classic and modern works of art. The Auckland War Memorial Museum has a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions that explore the tales of Auckland and our distinctive land; admission is free for Aucklanders and visitors.
6. Walking tracks
Take your pick from the thousands of walking routes throughout Auckland, ranging from short and easy treks to demanding hikes. Explore the stunning black-sand beaches of the west coast, the lush Hunua Ranges in the east, a stroll through native forest on an island, a city heritage route, or the different landscapes of Auckland's parks.
7. Ride on the Pink Cycle Trail
The Pink Cycle Trail is a must-see in Auckland. This bright pink bike route serves as an art installation as well as a functional roadway.
The view from this fluro trail is breathtaking at any time of day, but for the complete experience and sensation, we recommend going late at night when the sun begins to set.
We encourage checking out this track whether you ride a regular bike (or e-bike) or walk it!
8. The New Zealand Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is located near the harbor and is easily accessible. It's worth understanding more about our relationship with the water in a country and city where life by the sea is explicitly connected.
This museum features a variety of interactive exhibits that teach you everything you need to know about the New Zealand maritime industry. It also provides insight into what life would have been like for an immigrant in the past. This is a fully immersive experience; you will be issued a ticket to join the ship and participate in the adventure.
This Museum is a must-see for people of all ages.
9. Movie at an Open-Air Cinema
This is a fantastic free Auckland activity for couples and families. the next time you're searching for a cheap activity, grab your picnic blanket, supper, and beverages and enjoy a blockbuster beneath the stars!
Outdoor movies are available across Auckland during the summer season.
These screenings (which typically feature food carts where you can purchase snacks) are organized by Auckland Council and offer a wide range of film genres.
10. Night Market
There is no charge to visit a night market in Auckland, just as there is no charge to visit a farmers' market, though you will need some cash if you want to buy something.
Expect a lot more than just food at these markets — music, performances, shopping, and more – and they're a terrific way to spend a low-cost evening. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and other cuisines are offered in the Auckland night markets. Everyone will find something to their liking.
The night markets in Auckland are fantastic, buzzing with energy, cuisine, and culture.