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1. Rangitoto Island

Discover Auckland’s youngest volcano on the Fullers Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour. Take the 4WD roadtrain through lava crops and pohutukawa forest and learn about the island’s fiery past. A short walk takes you up to the summit for spectacular 360-degree views back to the city.

2. Regional parks

Enjoy a breath of fresh air at one of Auckland’s 26 regional parks. Find the perfect picnic spot, book one of the popular BBQ sites, take a walk through the forest, stroll along the coast or take a dip in the sea.

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3. Beaches

Oh so many beaches to choose from. Take a wander with an ice cream or simply sit back and enjoy the view. Ride the waves at the west coast's black-sand surf beaches or enjoy a swim in the golden bays in the north and east.

4. Sky Tower

As the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sky Tower offers impressive views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Grab a bite at Sky Lounge while you’re up there, or experience the thrill of the SkyWalk or SkyJump.

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5. Wynyard Quarter

Head to Wynyard Quarter for a meal overlooking the water before a ride on a 1920s heritage tram. The kids will love the maritime-themed playspace, while Silo Park is home to regular kids’ events, plus markets, live music and outdoor cinema in summer.

6. Museums

Find cool interactive displays for the young ones at Auckland Museum, trace the country’s maritime history at New Zealand Maritime Museum, or check out MOTAT’s combination of heritage trains, trams and planes with hands-on technology experiences.

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7. Nature and wildlife

Get up close to hundreds of native and exotic animals at Auckland Zoo, take an underwater journey through Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, walk through the tropical butterfly house at Butterfly Creek, or go whale and dolphin spotting in the Hauraki Gulf.

8. Awesome attractions

Hit the rides at Rainbow's End, New Zealand's premier theme park – defy gravity on the corkscrew rollercoaster or take time out at the Kidz Kingdom for under 8s. For a gentler pace, head further south and lose yourself in the Amazing Maze 'n Maize.

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9. Snowplanet

Ski, snowboard or toboggan at New Zealand’s only all-year indoor snow resort, just 20 minutes north of downtown Auckland. Do your own thing or take a skiing or snowboarding lesson before warming up in the cosy restaurant.

10. Family events

From celebrating Chinese New Year at the Auckland Lantern Festival to experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of India at the Auckland Diwali Festival, or diverse Pacific cultures at Pasifika, we’ve got a calendar of family-friendly events all year round.