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Must-See Museums in Auckland

Must-See Museums in Auckland

Centered around two main harbors, the North Island’s largest city is punctuated by the Sky Tower. A sprinkling of diverse museums informs visitors about New Zealand’s seafaring history, transportation, and flora and fauna. Here are our top picks.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Housed in a grand neoclassical building, the war memorial exhibits are located on three expansive levels of the Auckland Museum. Go to learn about the indigenous origins of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand), and its colonization by European settlers.

**How to Visit:**Join a city sightseeing tour, or go on your own and add on a Maori cultural performance.

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

MOTAT features a century’s worth of New Zealand’s transportation systems, from 19th-century fire engines and steam trains to a variety of aircraft. Ride the working tramway, and browse technological artifacts at the Victorian village. 

**How to Visit:**Book a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and make the museum one of your stops.

Wintergarden Pavilion

Situated in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, the Wintergardens showcase native and exotic tropical and temperate plants in two Victorian-style glass greenhouses established in 1913. The New Zealand ferns are a highlight.

**How to Visit:**Join a small-group city sightseeing tour.

Odyssey Sensory Maze

Meander through a dozen different rooms that make up this sensory maze. Fun for visitors of all ages, a variety of sound effects, optical illusions, and mysterious scents challenge your brain.

**How to Visit:**Save time and money by prebooking your admission.

SEA LIFE® Kelly Tarlton’s

Jellyfish, stingrays, and king penguins are all part of the magic at this aquarium. Explore nine themed zones, visit the Antarctic Encounter, wander under a shark tunnel, and touch starfish at the rock pool.

**How to Visit:**Upgrade your admission for a shark diving experience.

Sculptureum

Walk along the Garden of Creative Diversity at this inspiring sculpture museum, about an hour’s drive north of Auckland in Matakana. Indoors, you’ll see galleries mixed with plants, from glassworks to modern masterpieces.

**How to Visit:**On weekends, check out gallery highlights on a guided tour.

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Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour

Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour

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Combine explorations of Auckland and Devonport in just a half day with this adventure-packed tour. With a guide to show you around and provide commentary, this ambitious tour is made easy. Visit all the must-sees, such as Bastion Point, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, One Tree Hill, the Historic Wintergardens, and others. Spend free time in the historic seaport of Devonport before heading back to Auckland via ferry.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.94
From
$61.94

Auckland City Quick Explorer

Auckland City Quick Explorer

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Enjoy a convenient half-day tour of Auckland that’s designed for travelers with just a short time in the city. Your personal guide will take you in a private vehicle direct from your hotel or from the airport, so you waste no sightseeing time. Visit some of the city’s main attractions, which are quite spread out and would be difficult to reach independently in a restricted amount of time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$339.27
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$339.27
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

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Gain admission to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium at the Auckland waterfront. Discover the underwater magic of the Southern Ocean at more than 30 exhibits and nine themed zones. You can get up close to playful king and gentoo penguins at the Antarctic Encounter, see displays of jellyfish and stingrays, and stroll through the shark tunnel. Upgrade to go shark diving — with or without a cage!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.11
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$25.11
Taking safety measures

Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket

Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket

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Save time and money by pre-booking admission to the Odyssey Sensory Maze. This admission ticket makes enjoying the sensory maze a bit more of a breeze. Skip past lines, let a rep give you a safety briefing and store your belongings in a locker, and experience the challenging spaces, illusions, scents, and sound effects of the mysterious maze. You’ll also receive a souvenir photo and discount on merchandise.
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  • 20 to 30 minutes
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$14.93
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