Auckland Recreation

Auckland can provide a great recreational lifestyle.

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. 

Auckland | Tourism New Zealand

Events | Auckland NZ

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.

What's on | Museums of Auckland

Arts, culture and heritage | Tātaki Auckland

Arts & Culture


The Auckland Live website lists a wide range of upcoming cultural and performing arts events.

What's happening | Auckland Live

Shopping and dining

From luxury to high street fashion, homewares, art and electronics, Auckland has excellent shopping precincts featuring local and international brands.

Shopping in Auckland | Auckland NZ


Being a highly multicultural city, Auckland has dining options for a range of cuisines.

Taste | Auckland NZ


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.

Browse bustling Auckland markets | Auckland NZ

Home | Otara Markets 

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.

Find a class, sport or programme | Auckland Leisure

Find a park or beach | Auckland Council

Sports clubs and groups

You can find sports clubs in the Auckland Region on the Sport New Zealand or Citizens Advice Bureau websites.

Find a sport Auckland | Sport New Zealand

Community directory | Citizens Advice Bureau


Walking tracks

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.

Find a walk, track or trail | Auckland Council

Protect our kauri trees | Auckland Council

Animals in public parks

There are some restrictions on areas where you can walk dogs or ride horses in public areas and parks.

Find where and when you can walk your dog | Auckland Council

Rules for dogs in public places | Auckland Council

Horse riding | Auckland Council


Auckland has many cycle paths and trails available.

These range from gentle rides on cycle lanes around the city to extreme mountain biking. 

Maps and Rides | Auckland Transport

Mountain biking | Auckland Council

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.

Auckland and Kermadec area fishing rules | Ministry for Primary Industries

Licences | Fish & Game New Zealand

Hunting in Auckland | Department of Conservation