September 27 officially marks World Tourism Day. Do you have someone visiting from overseas or outside of Auckland, now or in the near future? We know some of the best places and things to do that will impress your guests and give them 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.
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.
Get the blood pumping with a bungy jump | Sky Jump, Victoria St W
For an unforgettable experience take your guests up the Auckland Sky Tower for an exhilarating Sky Jump. Watch as they 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 your guests will never forget.
Experience traditional food with a Hāngi | The Māori Kitchen, Queens Wharf Village, 89 Quay Street
After a morning of exploring the heart of the city, stop by Queens Wharf for lunch at The Māori Kitchen by chef and hāngi master, Rewi Spraggon. The shop serves authentic Hāngi cooked the traditional way, in on-site underground pits. Order some of their delicious kāi and be apart of this 1000 year old tradition.
...Or visit a city centre favourite for a quick bite | Best Ugly Bagels, City Works Depot
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 sweet-tooths out there.
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.
Explore the shopping at Britomart | Cnr Gore & Galway Streets
Who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy while on tour? Take your guests shopping 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, work out gear and designer threads. It is definitely the place to be.
Talk a walk along the Waterfront to Wynyard Quarter
Take your visitors for a walk 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.
Enjoy seafood delights fresh from the source | Auckland Fish Market, 22-32 Jellicoe
Treat your guests to dinner at the iconic Auckland Fish Market in Wynyard Quarter. Take your pick of delicious cuisine from one of their eight new 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.
...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.
Grab a nightcap at the country's tallest rooftop bar | The Churchill, level 20, Four Points by Sheraton, 396 Queen Street, Auckland
After a full day of exploring, unwind at The Churchill with few drinks while you enjoy the stunning views of our magical city. This incredible bar celebrates the beverage traditions from the 1920s. They offer 160 different selections of gin made by local distilleries as well as interesting, rare and hard to find types from around the world. There glamorous space is perfectly positioned to receive striking views that will leave you in a state of bliss.