Auckland’s not a big place but there’s still so much to see and do here that it can be overwhelming. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to ease your burden by rounding up some of the best places to visit in Auckland. These are must do’s that you absolutely can’t miss, whether you’re a visitor or a local. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland sprawls out in helter-skelter fashion between Manukau Harbour to the west and Waitemata Harbour to the east, with the compact central city district right beside the waterway.
One tree hill
For many Aucklanders, the volcanic cone of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) is the symbol of their city. The 182-meter-high hill sits amid the lush Cornwall Park with a series of flower beds and stands of mature trees set amid walking trails. One Tree Hill takes up the southwest corner of the park, and the slopes contain remnants of a Maori Pa, a fortified village located here during the pre-European era. At the top of the hill is a lone obelisk built over the grave of Sir John Logan Campbell who gifted this swath of greenery to Auckland to be used as a city park.
The iconic 328-meters-tall Sky Tower dominates Auckland’s skyline. This observation and telecommunication tower is also a hub for tourists. In fact it is the best among top Auckland tourist attractions. Visit the Sky Tower to admire the view, go for adventure activities, and enjoy luxury dining. Entry fee: INR 1900 per person for adults/ INR 735 per person for children between 6-14 years/ None for children below 5 years. Timings: 8:30 am to 10:30 pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 8:30 am to 11:30 pm (Friday and Saturday).
Of all Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands, Waiheke Island is the most popular to visit. Around 8,000 people live here year-round, and the island’s villages are home to art galleries and a thriving café culture, while the coast hosts plenty of white-sand beaches. For keen walkers and hikers, a variety of trails wind along the coastline and through the island interior. For spectacular views and a challenging hike, the Church Bay Circuit is an excellent three-hour walk that showcases the best of the island.
For a more adventurous island escape, check out Rangitoto. Emerging from the sea 600 years ago, Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s many volcanoes. An iconic Auckland landmark, it’s a popular day trip for those keen on hiking, boating and all things nature. The summit track will take you through the world’s largest pohutukawa forest and the views from the pinnacle will take your breath away. The walk up is only an hour long, but make sure you set aside some time to crawl through the lava caves and tunnels you’ll pass on the way up.