Auckland Travel Guide

Attractions

Auckland Art Gallerycorner Kitchener and Wellesley StsPhone: +64 9 307-7700Hours: Daily 10:00-17:00, closed 25 DecPrice: Free entry; charges for some special exhibitionsThe largest collection of national and international art in New Zealand, housed in an award-winning landmark building on the edge of Albert Park in the heart of Auckland. Regularly hosts touring international exhibitions and offers a calendar of talks, performances, film screenings and children's activities to complement its exhibition programme.
Auckland Botanic GardensHill Rd, Manurewa (South Auckland)Price: FreeHas over 10,000 different plant types spread over 65 hectares with both natives and exotics.
Auckland War Memorial MuseumAuckland Domain, ParnellPhone: +64 9 309-0443Hours: 10:00-17:00Price: Suggested donation $10 adult. 15 years and under freeDespite the name, this is not even primarily a war museum it is a general museum and one of the best in New Zealand. It stands in an imposing position in the Auckland Domain, a large park on an extinct volcano. It includes excellent displays of Maori and other Polynesian peoples' arts and crafts.
Auckland ZooMotions Rd, Western SpringsPhone: +64 9 360-3800Hours: 1 Sep-30 Apr 09:3017:30 (last admissions at 16:15), 1 May31 Aug 09:30-17:00, closed 25 DecPrice: Adults (15 years+) $25, children 414 $10, seniors and students with ID $20, family rates availableHas 120 animal species, over 750 animals and a number of different habitats such as the Rainforest and Pridelands (an African savannah).
Auckland's Whale and Dolphin SafariViaduct Harbour BasinPhone: +64 9 359-5987Tollfree: 0800 397 567Fax: +64 9 358-3137Price: $160An excursion on a power catamaran to see whales and dolphins in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium23 Tamaki Drive, OrakeiLocated on the scenic Tamaki Drive and the home of Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. It includes a trip through a transparent tunnel while the fish and sharks swim all around you, and tanks of rays with feeding-time talks.
MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology)Great North Rd, Western SpringsPrice: Adult $14, child $8, senior citizen $7, child under 5 freeAn interactive museum with over 300,000 items. Look out for the WWII Avro Lancaster Bomber and the Solent Flying Boat in the Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Collection.
Sky Towercorner Victoria and Federal StAt 328 m, this is the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering views of up to 80 km away and fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant.
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill DomainThe park also contains Maori archaeological sites, a kid's playgrounds and a working farm.
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum64 King Edward Parade, DevonportPhone: +64 9 445-5186Fax: +64 9 445-5046Hours: 10:00-17:00Price: FreePresents the history of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museumcorner Quay and Hobson Sts, Viaduct HarbourPhone: +64 9 373-0800Price: Adult $17, child $8.50, senior or student $14, Auckland residents freeInteresting exhibits chronicle New Zealand's maritime history.
Historic homes

All houses have at least some gardens available to the public to wander through.

Alberton100 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert (entrance from Kerr-Taylor Ave)Hours: W-Su 10:30-16:30Price: Admission chargeAn 18-room mansion started in 1863. It was the centre of social life for its area during the late 19th century.
Highwic40 Gillies Ave (entrance from Mortimer Pass)Hours: W-Su 10:30-16:30Price: Admission chargeA very large family home (21 children, although the older ones would have left home before the youngest was born) built from 1862.
Ewelme Cottage14 Ayr St, ParnellHours: Su 10:3016:30Price: Admission chargeMuch smaller than Alberton and Highwic. Built in 186364 as a home for a vicar's family.
Pah Homestead72A Hillsborough Rd, HillsboroughHours: TuF 10:00-15:00, Sa-Su 10:00-17:00Price: FreeAn art gallery with a very substantial collection in a mansion built 1877-79. The large Monte Cecilia Park surrounds the house and was once its grounds.

source: Wikivoyage

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