Breadcrumb navigation

10 great days out in Auckland

Published: 26 July 2018

You don't have to go far to enjoy a great day out in Auckland.

  1. MOTAT

Split across two sites in Western Springs, the Museum of Transport and Technology holds New Zealand’s largest collection of historic vehicles and technology – from aircraft and military hardware to a fully restored and operational steam pumphouse.

  1. Howick Historical Village

Head to this open-air museum in Howick to discover what life was like in the mid-1800s and to see how early settlers in Auckland lived and worked.

Keep an eye out for the village’s regular Live Day events, featuring a full cast of volunteers in period costume on hand to teach visitors about daily life 150 years ago.

  1. Auckland Zoo

From native New Zealand wildlife to Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers and gigantic Galapagos tortoises, see some of the world’s most awe-inspiring animals right here in the city.

Tickets can be purchased online before you visit and family passes are available if you’re planning a day out with the kids.

  1. Go for a swim

Hitting the pool can be a great way to relax, unwind, and fit a bit of exercise into your weekend too. If you're not already signed up, Auckland Council Pools and Leisure offers a free one-week trial perfect for getting your feet wet at your local pool.

On warmer days, look out for your nearest splash pad – a great way for younger kids to have fun in the water at free, safe play areas.

  1. Shop at local markets

If retail therapy is more your thing, why not head to one of Auckland’s many local markets?

From the Clevedon or Matakana Village farmers' markets to the Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market, there’s sure to be a market on this weekend to suit every taste and appetite.

  1. Head to the theatre

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly comedy, critically acclaimed musicals or touring international shows, Auckland’s theatres host a great selection of shows to suit every audience.

Take a look at the OurAuckland events page for a selection of upcoming performances near you.

  1. Stardome Planetarium

Explore the universe at a planetarium show at Stardome Observatory in Cornwall Park. The planetarium hosts a wide range of digital journeys, teaching visitors about well-known constellations, planets and stars.

  1. Go to an APO concert

If you’re under 30 years old, APO Go is a great way to get your hands on cheap tickets to a number of Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.

Membership costs just $5 and gives access to $10 event tickets throughout the year – take a look at the APO website to learn more.

  1. Alberton Mansion

Once home to balls and parties attended by Auckland’s social elite, today Alberton’s 1870s mansion and gardens are open for visitors to explore at their leisure.

The house still hosts regular events too, including concerts, tea parties and exhibitions, so keep an eye on Alberton’s Heritage New Zealand page for more weekend ideas.

  1. Visit Rangitoto

Discover breath-taking views of the city and stretch your legs on a walk up New Zealand’s youngest volcano. Suitable for adventurous spirits of any age, a return trip to the summit takes just two hours while longer guided tours reveal the island’s history and native wildlife.