THINGS TO DO IN AUCKLAND
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Mount Eden is a suburb in Auckland and one of our 48 volcanic cones and the highest natural point in Auckland, whose name honours George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland. Affluent, residential Mount Eden is dominated by a volcanic peak also known as Maungawhau, with hiking and jogging trails leading to views over the Hauraki Gulf.
The renowned All Blacks play rugby at Eden Park, where cricket matches also draw crowds.
Bookshops and vintage clothes stores line Mount Eden Road, along with trendy cafes and wine bars, while the Asian eateries on Dominion Road are known for dumplings.
ONE TREE HILL
Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill is a 182-metre volcanic peak in Auckland, New Zealand. It is an important memorial place for both Māori and other New Zealanders. The suburb around the base of the hill is also called One Tree Hill. The summit provides views across the Auckland area, and allows visitors to see both of Auckland's harbours. One tree hill is famous from U2 song with the same name One Tree Hill.
Viaduct Harbour is a former commercial harbour on the Auckland waterfront that has been turned into a development of mostly upscale apartments, office space and restaurants. The area now provides an unique venue base for marine events such as the America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Regattas, Volvo Round the World Race stopover and the Auckland Boat Show. It also hosts NZ Fashion Week, NZ Ironman, a summer outdoor cinema, markets and visiting performing shows.
Historically significant, tree-filled park with flowerbeds, a Victorian fountain & statues.
Albert Park is a public park in central Auckland, bounded by Wellesley Street East, Princes Street, Bowen Avenue and Kitchener Street. From the entrance at the corner of Bowen Ave and Kitchener St, sealed footpaths climb steeply through native trees to the large flat area at the summit, where a formal layout of paths and flower gardens encircle a fountain.
Auckland Domain is Auckland's oldest park, and at 75 hectares one of the largest in the city. Located in the central suburb of Grafton, the park contains all of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of the Pukekawa volcano.
Entry to the Auckland Museum is NZ$25 unless you have a proof of an Auckland address, which gets you in for free.
The Domain Wintergardens is a complex of gardens located within the Auckland Domain.
The Wintergardens consists of two large glasshouses one non-heated Temperate House and one Tropical House (heated to an average of 28 °C). In between the two glasshouses there is an ornate courtyard with several neoclassical statues and a sunken pond in the centre. Off to one side is the Fernery which is situated within the site of an old quarry.
Parnell village symbolises Parnell's transformation from 'poor and proud' in the 1960s to 'rich and sleek' in the 2000s.
Auckland's oldest suburb, Parnell Village, is known for its fabulous restaurants, quaint cafes, diverse galleries and shopping districts, and is definitely a top spot to explore whilst in the area. Parnell village symbolises Parnell's transformation from 'poor and proud' in the 1960s to 'rich and sleek' in the 2000s.
Auckland Art gallery
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the principal public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. It frequently hosts travelling international exhibitions.
Set below the hilltop Albert Park in the central-city area of Auckland, the gallery was established in 1888 as the first permanent art gallery in New Zealand.
General admission is free, but certain exhibitions you need to pay for. The gallery is on the edge of Albert Park – a nice park for a stroll.