Hey Aucklanders, are you ready for something a bit new and different this summer? Living here, we all have our list of favourite Auckland activities, but today, I am offering you some new ones. There are several new and long-standing Auckland must-do adventures just waiting to be explored.
The first nine on the list are either in CBD or not too far away, while the final three take you a bit farther.
As local travel increases in popularity, too many people overlook their own backyards. So, if you live in Auckland, challenge yourself to check out something new this summer. Below we have a list of some amazing one-of-a-kind Auckland attractions and activities.
A Maori proverb that we saw on the wall of the new All Blacks Experience sums it up:
Strive for excellence. You should only bow to the most lofty mountain.
A few Auckland highlights to get you started . . .
A dozen unique, one-of-a-kind Auckland activities
Are you ready for some fun activities in Auckland, New Zealand? We live here and love this city. Always looking for something new, we believe we have gathered the best of the unique Auckland attractions.
Most are family-friendly, and we have identified those with an age limit. However, this could easily be considered an off-the-beaten-path list of things to do with kids in Auckland.
More things to do in Auckland
We love our city and write about it often. If you didn’t find what you were looking for above, perhaps one of these other articles might help you.
- On rainy days, check out these indoor things to do.
- If you are feeling brave, check out these adrenaline-rush activities
- Watching the budget? Don’t miss these 75 free (or nearly free) things to do in Auckland.
- Hungry? Here is a list of our favourite unique restaurants in the city, which includes a section highlighting those that do gluten-free.
- Here’s a list of our favourite museums.
- Wanting to surf or hike, don’t miss the west coast.
- If you want to branch just outside the city, check out these nearby day trips, or if you have time to go a bit farther, perhaps one of these adventurous day trips will suffice.
- Spend the night in one of our favourite luxury hotels.
Save with these resources in Auckland and all of NZ
We usually start with aggregator companies as they do the work for us by providing a list of options, prices, and reviews. However, we also added a few personal NZ favourites:
- Flights: we use Expedia for the best and cheapest flight options.
- Hotels: we use Booking.com as they consistently return the best rates and their reviews are from actual guests. However, for self-contained lodging in New Zealand, we use Bookabach.
- Cars and Campervans: we use RentalCars to find the best deals and dealer ratings. Use Jucy for small campervans.
- Activity discounts: we always check Bookme.com for discounts of up to 70% on selected tours, activities, restaurants and more.
- Travel Insurance: we start at InsureMyTrip as they are the best option to compare plans and find the right coverage for you.
Before you book the rest of your trip: Check out our travel resources page for more companies that we use when you travel.
We believe this list to be the best in each category. You can’t go wrong using them on your trip too.
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Which of these Auckland Activities will you try?
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That’s such a detailed list of amazing activities. Would love to visit Auckland someday just to check off all the items in this list 😀
Tbh whales and dolphins legit scare me, but it would be super fun to sail a yacht! Or even jump off the sky tower! I did the sky tower jump in Macau so I think it gives me a discount for the other ones!
I´d love to sail a former America’s Cup yacht, so many cool things to do in Aukland! Thanks for the inspiration, can´t wait when we all get back to travel so that I could explore more of New Zealand
The more I read about New Zealand, the more I fall in love with it. So many beautiful things to do there! Visiting Hobbiton and Coromandel Peninsula would be at the top of my list. Our son made us watch “The Lord of the Ring” so many times, that I feel I’ve been there already. I’m really curious if it’s as magical in real life as it is in the movie.
This is a great list-something for everyone. I’m all about the dolphin spotting- sounds thrilling! Michael would probably be most interested in the birds…lol.
You do live in such an amazing place with so many great things to do. Pinned and shared!
I was doing just fine until I got to the leaping off the tower. No way. That made my stomach flip.
So many wonderful things to do, except the leaping off the tower.
Have a fabulous day and week. ♥
My son is a sailor and would love to crew an America’s Cup yacht. That is so cool that is possible. I would just sit back and enjoy while he worked. It will be a lot different than the J22s he races now. There are only about 8 feet with a crew of 2.
Gosh, it would be nice to be able to travel around Auckland! I can’t wait to check out some of these options.
Okay so these are all quite amazing activities for anyone visiting Auckland. Love how you mixed it up for what is stereotypical bucket list activities for outsiders like me with items like Discover the magic of Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworms. But then you add really cool activities that even locals would like to participate or only know about like hanging out on the black sands of Murawai beach or discovering the old military bunker.
I am a bit confused on how you dig your own hot springs but I do love me a hot springs to soak in so whatever it is, I am game!
Great activites listed here but for me its the volcano. Not sure about the kayaking beforehand but hiking up volcanos and then checking out the views from the top has always appealed to me. I have only done it once in Hawaii and would like to do this again (and they are a little bit easier than hiking up some mountains which can have tougher terrain). I also love wildlife watching and checking out those gannets I would love to see in the wild. I have never come across those before.
Great list of activities here and given me more ideas when I eventually get to Auckland. 😛
I have dug my own hot pool on the beach which was amazing but a visit to Hobbiton is definitely still on my list. I would like to see this crazy hobbit world.
I think kayaking is more my speed than jumping off anything but it is obvious that the adventures are endless. I also enjoy bird sanctuaries and wildlife and appreciate that was included in the mix!
How did we miss the All Blacks site? Damn. .. we definitely need to go back!!
It only just opened on Dec. 2.
I’ve always wanted to see Hobbiton and the glow worms etc! such a fantastic list. Thanks for sharing 🥰👍🏻
So many things to do! Hopefully some day I will get there! Pinning 🙂
There are so many fun and unique ideas….I love the special effects cave and I am all about wildlife!
Rhonda, this all sounds amazing!! New Zeeland has always been high on my list but didn’t know about half of what you have written. Really love the idea of Weta Studios and of course a visit to Hobbiton is a must! Thank you for sharing!
Aukland looks like so much fun! I’m adding it to my bucket list ASAP!