Looking for some sightseeing ideas? From our tallest landmark, sailing cruises and a thrilling bungy jump, we've picked six of the best-rated city centre attractions for all ages.


For panoramic views over the city | Sky Tower, Federal Street

The Sky Tower is the most iconic building on Auckland city's skyline.  A truly captivating experience awaits Sky Tower visitors. At 328 metres high, this building is the tallest hand-made structure in New Zealand. You will be amazed by its breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in each direction.

OFFER: While you're here, why not dive into something a little thrilling and walk the perimeter 220 meters above street level? Or jump from the top and soar back down to earth? For a limited time, when you book either the SkyWalk or the SkyJump, receive 30% off!

Ferry in the ocean with whale

Discover the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and enjoy a whale & dolphin watching cruise | Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, 175 Quay Street

The Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari offers breathtaking tours of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Experience the stunning Auckland skyline and harbour bridge, the thrill of being on the water and of course meet the gulf's resident population of whales, dolphins and seabirds. You might even get the chance to spot the critically endangered Bryde's whale as well as over 25 southern hemisphere marine mammals identified in the area.

OFFER: Until 30 November, prices are discounted to $99/adult and $69/child on weekdays. There are also family passes and senior concessions available.

The Civic tours

One of only seven ‘atmospheric theatres’ remaining in the world | The Civic, Corner of Queen & Wellesley Street West

The Civic is a much-loved city centre landmark and entertainment venue, with everything from world-class musicals, to international concerts and film festival screenings. This magnificent venue is one of only seven ‘atmospheric theatres’ remaining in the world and was built in 1929. Plus there are so many things scheduled in the coming months such as the multi-award winning and Broadway much-loved musical Mary Poppins, American rock band The National and the comedy event of the year The Best Foods Christmas Comedy Gala just to name a few.

OFFER: Book now to enjoy one of The Civic Tours. Listen and learn as trained tour guides share the stories of The Civic’s fascinating history. Getting in fast as the tours sold out pretty quick.

Interior of Auckland Fish Market

Auckland Fish Market

Eat at the source | Auckland Fish Market, 22-32 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter

The iconic tourist attraction Auckland Fish Market is an institution. Over 100 years old, you can find some of the best seafood in the country. Stocked by Sanford who prioritise sustainability and care for the ocean, you can also make your way through eight different eateries. And If you want to upgrade your cooking skills, Auckland Seafood School is the perfect place to learn how to prepare and cook seafood to perfection.  Plus, a new Asian eatery has recently opened its doors! On your next trip to the Auckland Fish Market, make sure to give Bang Bang Kitchen a try.

Cultured afternoon

To discover centuries of art | Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener & Wellesley Streets

Founded in 1888, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki remains New Zealand's largest visual arts experience. The gallery showcases the best of New Zealand art alongside exhibitions of rare and extraordinary art. Among the current exhibitions we recommend that you check out Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan (until October 31) which includes more than 70 paintings sourced from private art collections or the Civilisation, Photography, Now exhibition (until October 18) - a photographic portrait of 21st-century life. Plus, opening this summer is Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, featuring over 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists. 

OFFER: Entrance is FREE for New Zealand residents and Gallery Members. On October 13, the Auckland Art Gallery will be open late (unitl 9pm) as part of Late Night Art, see here for all the details.


Learn more about NZ's seafaring history | New Zealand Maritime Museum, Quay Street, The Viaduct

New Zealand is a strong maritime nation and the New Zealand Maritime Museum houses a host of beautiful collections. Learn more about NZ's maritime heritage, navigation and sea voyages and join the crew for a sail aboard the beautifully maintained heritage scrow Ted Ashby for a one-hour long cruise in Auckland's Harbour. 

Last updated: 12 October 2020