Relax and recharge in Auckland. Wander through galleries and sculpture gardens, indulge in a luxury spa treatment, explore walking trails or take a sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island.

UNWIND AT A DAY SPA

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Nothing says relaxation like a luxurious spa treatment. Many of central Auckland’s five-star hotels include first-rate day spas, which you can visit even if you’re not a guest.

Sofitel Spa

Sofitel Spa brings its signature French style and upmarket skincare products to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. While the spa menu is extensive, the bespoke Sothys Paris facials are a highlight. Add on an eye treatment with cool healing greenstones and a gentle massage for an extra treat.

The Spa at Park Hyatt

The Spa at Park Hyatt is a calm sanctuary with a personalised approach. Try the rainforest foot ritual after a day of exploring, or a fragonia and bergamot scalp treatment to leave you seriously blissed out.

East Day Spa and Chuan

Rebalance with a rejuvenating massage with traditional eastern influences at East Day Spa (at SkyCity Grand) and Chuan (at Cordis Auckland), whether you feel like a quick reflexology boost or a whole-body ritual.

Bersantai Day Spa

For an escape surrounded only by nature, head west. Bersantai Day Spa at Castaways Resort is perched on the cliffs overlooking spectacular Karioitahi Beach, a wild and windswept black-sand coastline where the world can drift away. There’s something for everyone in this Balinese-inspired retreat, but it’s our top pick for romance, with plenty of couples’ packages available. While you’re there, enjoy lunch or dinner at the resort; even better, stay a night or two.

STROLL THROUGH SCULPTURE PARKS

Pink snail sculptures at Matakana's Sculptureum

Auckland’s beautiful Matakana region is famous for its wineries and white-sand beaches, and is home to two colourful sculpture parks. With top-notch food and wine close at hand, they’re a feast for the senses.

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

Winding through scenic farmland, vineyard and native bush, the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail features more than 60 contemporary works from local and international artists. Enjoy lunch or a grazing platter at The Glass House restaurant, paired with one of Brick Bay’s own handcrafted wines and lake views.

Sculptureum

Sculptureum features three outdoor sculpture gardens and six indoor art galleries showcasing an eclectic mix of work. From the playful giant neon-pink snails to the grand glass chandelier by well-known artist Dale Chihuly, adults and kids will love the experience. Stay longer for a taste of Rothko Restaurant, with a menu that embodies the fresh flavours of the region.

EXPLORE GALLERIES AND GARDENS

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Don’t miss a trip to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to see classic masterpieces and modern works exhibited across four floors. Take a moment to admire the majestic foyer of this award-winning building before exploring New Zealand’s largest permanent collection of art, as well as ever-changing exhibitions. You’ll find everything from famous impressionist paintings to multimedia displays and contemporary Māori arts.

Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Discover more of New Zealand’s unique culture at the Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. Known as Auckland's home of Māori and Pacific visual and performing arts, the centre has two galleries, a theatre and onsite cafe. Te Tuhi presents exhibitions and installations featuring local and international artists.

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi

Visit Titirangi, an artistic community nestled in west Auckland’s lush native bush. As well as smaller galleries and studios, Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery displays all forms of visual art and design, from photography and painting to ceramics. Make a day of it and stay for lunch at one of the local cafes, before walking through the forest in the Waitākere Ranges or visiting one of the famous black sand beaches such as Piha and Te Henga (Bethells Beach).

Auckland Botanic Gardens

There’s plenty of flower power to be found at the expansive Auckland Botanic Gardens, with diverse themed gardens (don’t miss the magnolias), leafy trails and large grassy areas perfect for picnics. Young ones can explore the Potter Children’s Garden, which features a maze, secret paths, native plant and bird life, and even a replica jungle.

DISCOVER SOMETHING DIFFERENT

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Goat Island Marine Reserve

Head north to Goat Island Marine Reserve, where the crystal-clear waters make it the perfect spot for snorkelling and diving amongst the masses of colourful fish. Hop on the glass-bottom boat for a tour, go stand up paddleboarding or hire a see-through kayak and go exploring. Afterwards, take a five-minute drive to the small seaside community of Leigh and refuel with a bite to eat and a craft beer at Leigh Sawmill.

Kayak to Rangitoto Island

Take a sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s iconic dormant volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf – and the youngest and highest of our many volcanic cones. Paddle across the waters of the Waitematā Harbour, then take a one-hour walk to the summit for dazzling 360-degree views. Back at the water’s edge, enjoy a Kiwi-style barbecue before heading back towards the sparkling city lights. 

Waiheke Island with Terra & Tide

Take a look at the range of walking, sailing and wellness experiences offered by Terra and Tide. All experiences are based on exploring the natural beauty of Waiheke Island, just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a guided walk through native bush and along the island’s beautiful coastlines, learning about the local wildlife and ecology as you go. Explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park aboard a 41-foot catamaran (look out for dolphins!), or sign up for a wellness retreat or workshop. 
 

WALK IT OFF

Duder Regional Park

Whether you prefer a gentle stroll or a challenging hike, there are hundreds of walks all over Auckland to choose from. 

Waitākere Ranges

Explore the beautiful bush and coastline of Auckland’s west. One of the most popular trails within the Waitākere Ranges runs from Piha Beach to Kitekite Falls, an easy walk to a picturesque waterfall that’s perfect for families. The Mercer Bay Loop Path starts high above Piha and offers amazing views along the wild coastline, as well as the chance to visit Te Ahua headland, the site of an important Māori pā (fortified village). For the hikers: the Ōmanawanui Track begins from the dramatic dunes at Whatipū Beach. It includes some steep sections, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible sweeping views along the coast. 

Duder Regional Park, Tāwharanui Regional Park and Āwhitu Peninsula

In Auckland’s east, you can’t go past Duder Regional Park – try the Farm Loop Walk through rolling pastureland for superb sea views, or follow the coastal walk to one of the white sand beaches for a swim and a picnic. If you’re heading north for the day, stop at Tāwharanui Regional Park to explore the Ecology Path, or take a day trip south along Āwhitu Peninsula and walk to Manukau Heads Lighthouse, where the sea spray and salt air revives the spirit.  

Orewa and Te Ara I Whiti / Pink Lightpath

If you’re not the ‘off the beaten path’ type, combine a walk or bike ride with coffee or lunch. Head to the beachside community of Orewa and explore the Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway, and recharge at one of the many seaside cafes afterwards, or walk or cycle the iconic pink Lightpath/Te Ara I Whiti in Central Auckland – you can even cycle at night and watch the lights change colour. 

Find these wellness activities and experiences on the map

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The Spa at Park Hyatt

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Sofitel Spa

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East Day Spa

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Chuan

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Waiheke Island

 

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Bersantai Day Spa

 

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Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

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Sculptureum

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

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Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery 

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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Auckland Botanic Gardens

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Leigh Sawmill

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Rangitoto Island

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Waitākere Ranges Regional Park

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Piha Beach

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Duder Regional Park

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Tāwharanui Regional Park 

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Āwhitu Peninsula 

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Manukau Heads Lighthouse

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Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway

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Te Ara I Whiti / Pink Lightpath