Be part of an unforgettable Māori cultural experience, learn about New Zealand’s rich maritime history and explore the Hauraki Gulf’s ‘newest’ island. Immerse yourself in Auckland’s culture and history.
Discover the fascinating history of the land and people of New Zealand at Auckland Museum. See the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the country’s indigenous Maori people and experience one of the daily cultural performances. There’s also an impressive range of world-class galleries, interactive displays and visiting exhibitions.
Visit the recently extended and beautifully refurbished Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where you’ll find an exceptional collection of traditional and contemporary art, with more than 15,000 works, as well as visiting exhibitions. Wander through at your leisure or enjoy a free guided tour.
A visit to Auckland is incomplete without a Tāmaki Hīkoi experience. Guides from the local tribe provide cultural interpretation of Auckland’s traditional and contemporary Maori heritage. These intimate and engaging tours showcase some of Auckland’s iconic land features such as Maungawhau (Mount Eden) and the Auckland Domain, home of the Auckland Museum.
Discover the way the sea has shaped New Zealand’s history and cultural identity at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. The museum tells the story of the country’s rich maritime history, from the Polynesians’ epic migration to Aotearoa, to European discoveries and settlement, to modern-day yachting success.
Wander through the unique outdoor gallery of intriguing sculptures on the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail in Matakana wine country. All works are for sale in this ever-changing exhibition. Afterwards, relax in the Noel Lane-designed Glass House with a delicious lunch and taste the range of elegant Brick Bay wines.
Te Hana Te Ao Marama is an authentic Marae and Maori cultural experience set in a remarkable 17th Century Maori fortified pa and village replica. Take a guided tour for a fascinating glimpse into pre-European life and see the powerful and moving cultural concerts featuring traditional song and dance.
Recently opened to the public for the first time in 100 years, Rotoroa Island has a rich social history with heritage buildings, walking trails, art and a modern exhibition centre that tells the island’s fascinating story. Enjoy a picnic or a swim at one of the four beautiful sandy beaches.
Stony Batter on Waiheke Island is renowned for its remarkable rock outcrops and extensive tunnels and gun sites dating back to World War II. Explore the site and take in the magnificent coastal and harbour views from the Stony Batter Historic Reserve.
Step back in time and experience the past at Howick Historical Village. Walk around the seven acre site and explore the gardens and buildings of this fencible village that brings the mid-1800s settlement period alive. There are more than 30 original colonial buildings collected on site, including schools, a church, forge and general store.
Auckland attracts many large scale international theatre and music events as well as producing its own world-class productions. The Civic, one of Auckland’s most beautiful and historically significant buildings, has played host to popular Broadway shows such as Grease, Mamma Mia and Jersey Boys. The recently opened Q Theatre has held sell-out plays, concerts and comedy gigs, while established theatres such as The PumpHouse and Maidment Theatre continue to produce top-notch shows – everything from children’s interactive plays to Shakespearean classics.