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1. Day trip to the amazing new sculpture park in Matakana

Sculptureum opened last autumn and has been wowing visitors with its unique collection. Explore three sculpture-filled gardens and six galleries filled with colourful, whimsy artworks chosen to amuse, inspire and stimulate. Combine your visit with a stop at the famous Saturday morning Matakana Village Farmers’ Market, and finish the day with a local drop at one of the region’s fantastic wineries.

2. Art and culture in the city

Wander through the beautiful heritage building of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to discover an exceptional collection of traditional and contemporary art and check out the latest exhibitions. Afterwards, head down the road to Gore St to enjoy art of the cold and creamy variety at Giapo, where the unique and innovative ice cream creations look just as good as they taste.

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3. Update your wardrobe

Check out the new season’s fashions in Newmarket, the shopping capital of New Zealand. Find high street stores and top designers on Nuffield and Teed Streets, stroll up the buzzing Broadway strip, and relax afterwards at one of Newmarket’s stylish cafés.

4. Hop on a ferry to your next mini-break

A scenic ferry ride is a great way to escape the city for a bit of time out. Take the short trip over to Devonport for a wander through the seaside village’s shops and art galleries, and enjoy a casual lunch. Depending on autumn’s changeable weather you could either venture up North Head for Instagram-worthy views across the harbour, or walk to the historic cinema if it’s an indoors kind of day.

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5. Take the family to Cornwall Park

The kids will love visiting the farm animals at Cornwall Park, and be sure to bring your camera to capture the gorgeous changing colours of the autumn leaves. The Stardome Observatory sits at the south western end of the park, and with two new projectors installed at in February, the planetarium shows have never looked better. Cornwall Park Café offers an idyllic setting for lunch, or enjoy a picnic under the huge oak trees.

6. Hit the slopes, early

Feeling inspired by the Winter Olympics? You don’t need to wait until winter to hit the slopes, head to Snowplanet, New Zealand’s only indoor snow dome, where you can ski, snowboard, snow tube or throw snowballs at any time of year. Autumn is a great time of year to brush up on your skills, with learner programmes for kids and a terrain park for the more experienced and adventurous. 

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7. Family day on the waterfront

Head to Auckland’s waterfront for a fun-filled family day out this autumn. The playground, fountain and beach at Mission Bay offer lots of things to do for the little ones, and there are plenty of cafés for a delicious brunch. A short trip along Tamaki Drive will take you to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, for a close up encounter with the world's largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and a journey through the amazing underwater viewing tunnels.

8. Safari on the Gulf

Spend an afternoon getting up close with the local marine mammals and rare birds on a Whale and Dolphin Safari on the sparkling Hauraki Gulf. Learn from the marine researchers on board, see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat, and at the end of the day jump off the boat and into one of Auckland Viaduct’s many bars and restaurants to refuel and watch the sunset.

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9. Jump out of a plane

For the ultimate thrill this autumn, why not throw yourself out of an airplane from 16,500ft? The North Island’s highest skydive is right here in Auckland, and the views across the east and west coast on a clear and crisp autumn day are a spectacular backdrop. Stop in at Hallertau Brewery or The Riverhead historic tavern on your way back into the city for refreshments – both often have live music on offer as well.

10. Catch the action

Join Auckland’s passionate rugby league fans as they support the Vodafone Warriors at their home ground of Mt Smart Stadium. Matches are usually played on a Friday or Saturday, and on 7 April Auckland will host the first ever NRL double header to be staged outside of Australia.  The Super Rugby season has also kicked off for 2018 – watch the Auckland Blues play at Eden Park, or if you’re in town on a weekday you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium guided by an expert historian.