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12 Things to See and Do in Auckland

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When it comes to visiting Auckland; New Zealand’s most populated major city, there are more than a few things to do and see. Activities are diverse and range from a quick ferry ride out of Davenport or Auckland City to a full day in the beautiful Waiheke Island. This is the perfect location for a long stay over or a quick day-trip. Restaurants, bars, shopping and even international events are all a possibility when you visit Auckland. The volcanic fields and historic museums help you to get the real feel of the city when you take the time to see all it has to offer. If you are ready to plan a trip that is truly unforgettable, then the 12 things highlighted here should definitely be on your “to-do” list. This will ensure that you are able to experience everything that the beautiful city of Auckland has to offer.

12. Auckland Museum

Here you will experience exciting stories of the people of New Zealand, the Pacific, the native fauna and flora, and the various landforms that are unique to these islands. This information is told in a memorial that is dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. When it comes to learning about Auckland’s history, there is no better destination than this museum. The museum provides visitors with a continually changing selection of international and local exhibits. From unique stories of Auckland to exhibits of the World of ‘WearableArt’, you will find something new and interesting every single time you visit.

Auckland Museum is open most days and offers free admission for locals. If you plan to visit often, you will also be able to purchase the MyMuseum card, to help you receive a number of benefits. The Museum can provide both old and young with an experience that they will never forget and the opportunity to learn about the history and cultural significance of the area. You can learn about the Maori people or visit the War Museum, each offering a unique look at what Auckland offers and its rich and historic past.

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11. Wynyard Quarter

Wynyard Quarter is the most recently developed area in Auckland. It sits right on the water and offers great dining, a number of family friendly play areas, various markets, and an outside cinema during the summer months. You can take time to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water located at the North Wharf. Don’t miss out on the well-known Auckland Fish Market.

Some of the top things to do while in Wynyard Quarter include: Dining next to the water at one of the harbor side restaurants, shopping from a huge selection of fresh fish at the fish market and visiting the maritime themed play space that offers a sand floor and basketball court. The entire area is designed with salvaged materials that offer a modern twist. The fact is that Wynyard Quarter is a location that everyone can enjoy. Visit the Karanga Plaza Kiosk and explore the various interactive displays or admire the sculpture of the Wind Tree while enjoying views of yachts and the beautiful harbor. Here you can enjoy a relaxed day or evening, spending time with your family or friends no matter what you plan to do or what you want to see.

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