Auckland War Memorial Museum
Domain Dr., tel. 64 9 309 0443
Established in 1852, the Auckland War Memorial Museum's colossal architecture never fails to impress. The museum traces New Zealand's history through a vast collection of objects tied to the traditions of the country's Maori and Polynesian communities.

Auckland Art Gallery
at Wellesley and Kitchener sts., tel. 64 9 379 1349
This gallery's two buildings are home to the country's foremost collection of New Zealand and international art.

Sky Tower
Skycity, corner Victoria and Federal sts., tel. 64 9 363 6000
This tower, the Southern Hemisphere's highest at 328m, was designed to withstand the effects of earthquakes, storms, strong winds and fires. It has attracted a steady stream of visitors since its inauguration in 1997.

Viaduct Harbour
This idyllic harbour is home to a village and the Southern Hemisphere's largest marina. The prestigious America's Cup and Louis-Vuitton regattas were held here.

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
23 Tamaki Dr., Orakei, tel. 64 9 528 0603
The young and not-so-young will delight in discovering the strange and spectacular mysteries of the underwater world and the Antarctic at this popular attraction.

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
805 Great North Rd., Western Springs, tel. 64 9 815 5800
This vast museum includes a historic village and a variety of vintage automobiles, planes and military vehicles.

NZ National Maritime Museum
at Hobson and Quay sts., tel. 64 9 373 0800
New Zealand's maritime history is showcased in this museum's many galleries. The beautiful seaside location is an attraction in itself.

Mission Bay
Tamaki Dr.
Located near Kohimarama beach, Mission Bay's cafés and multiethnic restaurants attract an eclectic variety of revellers who come to enjoy the breathtaking setting.