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 | Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Street
A trip to the city's most prestigious gallery is the perfect escape on a chilly winter's day and there's a brand new exhibition to see! This year marks the tenth iteration of the Walters Prize, Aotearoa New Zealand's contemporary art prize, and the Auckland Art Gallery is exhibiting works of the four nominated artists. The 2021 selection features the work of artists Fiona Amundsen, Sonya Lacey, Mata Aho Collective and Sriwhana Spong - a diverse range that is a definite must-see. Read more about the exhibition, here and pop-in to view the incredible pieces on your next city centre outing.
Rooftop Bar at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Cool-off in style at the 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 | Convention Centre Level 5/88 Federal Street
Nothing is ever as it seems. Step into Weta’s fantastical film effects workshop 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.
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.