Tourist attractions and landmarks in the Auckland metropolitan area include:
Attractions and buildings
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.
– 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.
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.
– a suburb and main street immediately west of central Auckland known for arts, cafes, culture and historic villas.
– the main street of the city, from Karangahape Road down to the harbour.
– events centre in downtown Auckland completed in 2007. Holding 12,000 people, it is used for sports and concert events.
– a marina and residential development in downtown Auckland, the venue for the America's Cup regattas in 2000 and 2003.
– one of the largest parks of the city, close to the CBD
and having a good view of the harbour and of Rangitoto Island.
– 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.
– 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
– the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf
and is well known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves.