Auckland is one of the world’s most interesting and beautiful cities. It’s difficult to know where to begin with so much to see and do. That’s why this list of the finest things to do in Auckland is essential. It’s a one-stop shop for anything you need to know about Auckland.

  1. Climbing the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Climb to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of the city and harbor. It’s one of Auckland’s most popular activities!

It takes roughly 1.5 hours to climb the bridge and is ideal for persons of all fitness levels. If you’re feeling particularly daring, AJ Hacket — the world’s first bungee jump firm – offers bungee jumping from the side of the Harbour Bridge. On your way down, you’ll even get to splash about in the harbour.

On a harbour tour, take in the sights of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. After seeing the classic sites of Waitemata Harbour, the 2.5-hour sailing adventure includes a 3-course meal.

  1. The National War Memorial Museum

For history aficionados, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of the best things to do in Auckland. The museum, which opened in 1929, tells the experiences of New Zealanders who served in wars and conflicts all over the world. For residents and work visa holders, admission to the museum is free. However, the cost is low, and it may easily pass the time on a wet day. On ANZAC Day in April, when the country celebrates the war efforts of Kiwi soldiers at Gallipoli during WWI, it’s a popular place. It is currently observed as a national day of remembrance.

  1. Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is a small island in the Hauraki Gulf that is roughly a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD. Some of New Zealand’s top wineries and vineyards may be found on the island. It’s a great place to spend a day if you’re looking for something a little more low-key to do in Auckland.

  1. SkyTower

The SkyTower is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest free-standing building and one of Auckland’s most recognizable sights. From the observation deck, take in breathtaking views of the city, or take things to the next level with a bungee jump or skywalk around the outside of the tower! Prepare for 11 seconds of pure exhilaration if you opt to perform the Sky Jump. It is higher than the Nevis in Queensland, at 192 meters, but it is a controlled leap with speeds of 85 kilometers per hour. Price: $225

The SkyTower is conveniently positioned in Auckland’s CBD (central business district), making it very accessible. Many residents use it as a meeting point. It is also the site of the largest fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. I lived behind it and was able to see the fireworks from the comfort of my own kitchen!