Our largest city is known for its great weather, beautiful harbours, world class dining, shopping, arts and culture scene, and public parks in every suburb.
There's something for everyone in Auckland.
Art and culture
Museums and galleries
Auckland is home to world-class museums and art galleries.
Many of the museums and galleries hold events and activities for the public, and new exhibitions from all over the world.
The Auckland Live website lists a wide range of upcoming cultural and performing arts events.
Shopping and dining
From luxury to high street fashion, homewares, art and electronics, Auckland has excellent shopping precincts featuring local and international brands.
Being a highly multicultural city, Auckland has dining options for a range of cuisines.
Visit any of the region's weekly markets for fresh local produce, tasty eats and shopping.
The Otara Market is the city's largest and most culturally diverse market, with stalls selling arts, crafts and delicacies from all over the Pacific and Asia.
Sports and recreation
There are many opportunities for sport and recreation in Auckland.
Auckland Council provides facilities for a wide range of sports and recreational activities.
You can find information about fees and membership for these facilities on the Auckland Leisure website.
The Auckland Region is home to many free parks and beaches where you can enjoy a BBQ, play sports, or take the kids to a playground.
Sports clubs and groups
You can find sports clubs in the Auckland Region on the Sport New Zealand or Citizens Advice Bureau websites.
There are many opportunities to get close to nature on the walkways and tracks around the Auckland Region including short walks and multiday tramping adventures.
The Auckland Council website has information about trails and accommodation/camping facilities.
Kauri dieback disease is threatening many historic Kauri trees in Auckland's regional parks.
You can find information about how to protect our forests on the Auckland Council website.
Animals in public parks
There are some restrictions on areas where you can walk dogs or ride horses in public areas and parks.
Auckland has many cycle paths and trails available.
These range from gentle rides on cycle lanes around the city to extreme mountain biking.
Fishing and hunting
Hunting and fishing is a big part of many New Zealanders' lives.
However, to protect the natural environment, there are some regulations you must follow.
The Ministry of Primary Industries website lists rules for where you can fish and how much you're allowed to catch each day.
Every person who wants to go freshwater fishing or game bird hunting in New Zealand must buy a licence from Fish and Game New Zealand.
If you want to hunt pigs, chamois, tahr, wallaby, goats and deer on public conservation land, you must apply for a permit with the Department of Conservation.