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Auckland In-A-Day

Top sights in the City of Sails

If you’ve only got a day to look around Auckland, you’re going to be busy. A couple more days would be good, as it would be a shame to miss Waiheke Island and it will require a full day.


Start your day with a walk on Auckland’s main drag of Queen Street. Get your bearings, then walk west up Victoria St to the Sky Tower for a ride up to see magnificent views of the ‘City of Sails’.

Walk north down Hobson St, then wander the Viaduct Harbour before crossing the bridge over to the Wynyard Quarter, checking out the yachts and America’s Cup memorabilia along the way.


Have lunch at one of the Wynyard Quarter’s frontage restaurants or head into the Auckland Fish Markets, home to some superb seafood options.


If you think that time is on your side, stroll back to Auckland’s iconic downtown ferry building and take a ferry across to Devonport and back (12 minutes one-way), enjoying a walk along Victoria Rd in Devonport.

Back in the city, take an Uber to Auckland Museum & Domain. If you’ve dawdled over lunch and timing is looking tough, take an Uber to the Museum straight after lunch in the Wynyard Quarter and miss Devonport.

After exploring the Museum & Domain, take an Uber to Mt Eden and walk up to the crater and viewpoint for stunning views of the city.

As the afternoon winds down, take an Uber to Auckland’s hippest street, Ponsonby Rd.


You’re in Ponsonby, so head to Ponsonby Central for drinks and dinner, with plenty of excellent options. To carry on with your evening, wander down Ponsonby Rd and pick your bar.

Auckland Fish Market

'Eat at the source'

Auckland Museum & Domain

Huge park & iconic museum


Short ferry trip from Downtown

Mt Eden

Auckland's highest volcano

Ponsonby Central

A world of food under a couple of roofs


Auckland's hippest street

Queen Street

Auckland's main drag

Sky Tower

Views, Skyjump, Skywalk, Food & Entertainment

Wynyard Quarter & Viaduct Harbour

Dining & drinking precinct

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by craig