Auckland city has a huge range of things to do this summer, with some of Auckland's top attractions offering great deals as well as brand new experiences now open that are a must try. Whether you want to expand your cultural knowledge with a new art exhibition, get creative and be wowed at Weta Workshop Unleashed, take a tour of the historical Town Hall, learn more about our national sports teams at the All Blacks Experience or cheer on our boys in the yacht racing, here's our roundup of the very best Auckland city centre attractions in 2021. 

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery | Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Street

A trip to the city's most prestigious gallery is the perfect escape on a hot summer's day. Let yourself be swept away by the diversity among the works of the latest exhibition, Toi Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. The art is varied and rich, reflecting the lived experiences, traditions, and culture practices of Māori artists. Open everyday except Christmas Day.

Auckland Town Hall

Town Hall Tours | Queen Street

It is impossible to pass Auckland’s Town Hall without stopping to admire its beauty. For the months of December and January you are invited not only to pass by but come in and enjoy this beautiful 109-year-old building! The one-hour tours with Auckland Live on offer are exclusive, educational, and remarkably up-close. Book yours online to experience the magic of Auckland’s historic Town Hall. 

Race Village

The buzzing Race Village on the Viaduct. Photo credit COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi 

The Race Village | The Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter 

Situated at the start of Hobson’s Wharf and continuing on through the Eastern Viaduct and the Western Viaduct, up to the Jellicoe Car Park, the America’s Cup Race Village is now open and the best place to soak up the buzzing atmosphere while the yacht racing takes place throughout the summer. Besides the Village stage and big screens, fans can buy merchandise and test their sailing skills on the AC75 simulator, enjoy a meal or drink at Te Pou, a New Zealand themed bar and restaurant, or toast with champagne at the custom-built two storey Mumm Yacht Club champagne bar. Don't miss it!

Spark's 5G race zone

Wind Tunnel

5G Race Zone | 161 Halsey Street

Take a trip down to the Spark 5G Race Zone to experience the action - all ages invited. This free attraction will take you closer to the America's Cup than ever before. Jump into an augmented reality and meet the crew behind the scenes too, and don’t forget to snap a photo with the sailors, or the cup! 

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Rooftop Bar at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue

Cool-off in style at the new Rooftop at QT. Located on the Viaduct Harbour this is the perfect spot to wine and dine alone, with colleagues, friends or family. The cocktail selection will dazzle you as will the Mediterranean-inspired mains and mezze snacks. A standout cocktail is the Fresh As, made with Choya (plum wine), dark rum, and white vermouth. Complete with a terrific view of the viaduct and city, this bar is dressed to impress.  

Weta workshop unleashed

Weta Workshop Unleashed | Convention Centre Level 5/88 Federal Street

Nothing is ever as it seems. Step into Weta’s fantastical film effects workshop this December and be transported to new and untraveled worlds. Have your expectations defied, twisted, and pulled in every direction by the resident monsters, galactic robots, and many other fantastical creatures. Based on Federal Street, this 90-minute guided experience will leave you inspired and ready to imagine.

All Blacks Experience

The All Blacks Experience | 88 Federal Street

Kick off your summer with an unforgettable All Blacks Experience. Head over to the SkyCity entertainment precinct and be blown away by your 45-minute guided tour. With 5 interactive zones and 1 haka experience, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know the New Zealand rugby story.

Last updated: 19 January 2021