Auckland Travel Guide

Famous sights

Tourist attractions and landmarks in the Auckland metropolitan area include:

Attractions and buildings
Auckland Civic Theatre – a famous heritage atmospheric theatre in downtown Auckland. It was renovated in 2000 to its original condition.
Harbour Bridge – connecting Central Auckland and the North Shore, an iconic symbol of Auckland.
Auckland Town Hall – with its concert hall considered to have some of the finest acoustics in the world, this 1911 building serves both council and entertainment functions.
Auckland War Memorial Museum – a large multi-exhibition museum in the Auckland Domain, known for its impressive neo-classicist style.
Aotea Square – the hub of downtown Auckland beside Queen Street, it is the site of crafts markets, rallies and arts festivals.
St Patrick's Cathedral – the Catholic Cathedral of Auckland. It was renovated from 2003 to 2007 for refurbishment and structural support.
Britomart Transport Centre – the main downtown public transport centre in a historic Edwardian building.
Eden Park – the city's primary stadium and a frequent home for All Blacks rugby union and Black Caps cricket matches. It was the location of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.
Karangahape Road – known as "K' Road", a street in upper central Auckland famous for its bars, clubs, smaller shops and red-light district.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium – a well-known aquarium and Antarctic environment in the eastern suburb of Mission Bay, built in a set of former sewage storage tanks, showcasing penguins, turtles, sharks, tropical fish, sting rays and other marine creatures.
MOTAT – Auckland's Museum for Transport and Technology, at Western Springs.
Mt Smart Stadium – a stadium used mainly for rugby league and soccer matches. Also the site of many concerts.
New Zealand National Maritime Museum – features exhibitions and collections relating to New Zealand maritime history at Hobson Wharf, adjacent to the Viaduct Basin.
Ponsonby – a suburb and main street immediately west of central Auckland known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas.
Queen Street – the main street of the city, from Karangahape Road down to the harbour.
Sky Tower – the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, it is tall and has excellent panoramic views.
Vector Arena – events centre in downtown Auckland completed in 2007. Holding 12,000 people, it is used for sports and concert events.
Viaduct Basin – a marina and residential development in downtown Auckland, the venue for the America's Cup regattas in 2000 and 2003.
Western Springs Stadium – a natural amphitheatre used mainly for speedway races, rock and pop concerts.
Landmarks
Auckland Domain – one of the largest parks of the city, close to the CBD and having a good view of the harbour and of Rangitoto Island.
Mount Eden – a volcanic cone with a grassy crater. As the highest natural point in Auckland City, it offers 360-degree views of Auckland and is thus a favourite tourist outlook.
Mount Victoria – a volcanic cone on the North Shore offering a spectacular view of downtown Auckland. A brisk walk from the Devonport ferry terminal, the cone is steeped in history, as is nearby North Head.
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) – a volcanic cone that dominates the skyline in the southern, inner suburbs. It no longer has a tree on the summit (after a politically motivated attack on the old tree) but is still crowned by an obelisk.
Rangitoto Island – guards the entrance to Waitemata Harbour, and forms a prominent feature on the eastern horizon.
Waiheke Island – the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf and is well known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves.

source: Wikipedia

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