We know some of the best places and things to do that will give you a real sense of what Auckland is about. From incredible places to eat, unique tours and scenic waterfront walks to amazing shopping destinations and adrenaline pumping activities, the Heart of the City has it all.

Aucky Walky

See the sights with a guided tour | Aucky Walky Guided City Walks

The Aucky Walky guided city walks are a great way to explore Auckland’s city centre. Escape the crowds with a private group tour and let the professional guides show you all the city’s best hidden spots, legends, landmarks and incredible local foods. Aucky Walky have a variety of unique tours that will definitely make your visit to the city one to remember. 

Sky Jump

Get the blood pumping with a bungy jump | Sky Jump, Victoria St W

For an unforgettable experience head up the Auckland Sky Tower for an exhilarating Sky Jump. Base-jump by wire off Auckland’s tallest/most famous landmark and fall 192 meters down to the ground! It is sure to be an adrenaline-pumping experience that you will never forget.

Best Ugly Bagels

Visit a city centre favourite for a quick bite | Best Ugly Bagels, City Works Depot & Commercial Bay

Start the day with breakfast at Best Ugly Bagels, owned by NZ celebrity chef Al Brown. Serving authentic Montreal-style bagels that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Enjoy a freshly toasted bagel with your choice of spread or delicious topping. This awesome bagel joint also has gluten free options and have just introduced a chocolate flavoured bagel, definitely a must-try for all those with a sweet-tooth out there.

Guo Pei, Collection: Garden of the Soul, 2015, © Guo Pei. Photograph by LIAN Xu, courtesy of LIAN Xu.

Guo Pei, Collection: Garden of the Soul, 2015, © Guo Pei. Photograph by LIAN Xu, courtesy of LIAN Xu. 


Peruse one of the many art galleries on offer  

The city centre is home to many prestigious galleries and museums holding exclusive collections worth a visit in your spare time. From smaller independent galleries to Auckland's most prestigious, Auckland Art Gallery, there's a spectacle for everyone to see, and plenty of other attractions and eateries amongst the city centre's Aotea Arts Quarter

Britomart area

Photo credit : Sacha Stejko. 

Explore the shopping at Britomart | Cnr Gore & Galway Streets

Who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy while on tour? Enjoy a day of retail therapy in Britomart, home of a range of brilliant local designers and international labels. This amazing shopping destination has you covered for streetwear, wardrobe staples, accessories, workout gear and designer threads. It is definitely the place to be. 

Wynyard Quarter

Talk a walk along the Waterfront to Wynyard Quarter

Go for a stroll along Auckland’s waterfront. Begin your journey at Britomart, then enjoy the beautiful view of the glistening sea and yachts in the harbour as you make your way along the vibrant Viaduct. Finish your walk at Wynyard Quarter where there is always plenty to do. Check out the unique parks, playful artwork and sculptures right by the water’s edge.

Interior of Auckland Fish Market

Auckland Fish Market

Enjoy seafood delights fresh from the source | Auckland Fish Market, 22-32 Jellicoe 

You can't skip the iconic Auckland Fish Market in Wynyard Quarter. Take your pick of delicious cuisine from one of their eight eateries. Compliment your meal with a refreshing beverage from The Wreck bar, then relax and enjoy your meal in their recently refurbished courtyard. It is sure to be a pleasant evening for all.

Federal Street

Federal Street is one of the most popular and acclaimed dining areas in the city centre. Photo credit Sacha Stejko.

...Or take the fine dining route on Federal Street 

Below the Sky Tower, lies a buzzing dining and entertainment destination along Federal Street. This neighbourhood comes into its own after dusk, as 20,000 twinkling lights illuminate the street and diners flock to the many eateries and bars that call Federal Street home. There are plenty of great eateries along this strip, but The Sugar Club restaurant, by Peter Gordon is the perfect place to take visitors - enjoy their fusion cuisine full of texture and deliciousness, 53 floors above Auckland city with stunning uninterrupted views.

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Last updated: 23 December 2022