Auckland is the bustling, vibrant and busiest city in New Zealand; It is also considered is one of the most livable cities in the world. So, if you’ve chosen Auckland as your next destination on your travel map, don’t hesitate to spend a 7-day Auckland travel itinerary to delight and relax exploring this wonderful city! Now, let’s check it out our Auckland itinerary 7 days on how to spend 7 days in Auckland perfectly for the first-timers with Living Nomads below.
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Auckland itinerary 7 days — Day 1: Sky Tower – Albert Park
The first day in the 7-day Auckland travel schedule will be simple and quite open, because it will except time to getting to Auckland, depending on your location.
The two main attractions of the day will be the Sky Tower and Albert Park.
Sky Tower is 328 meters high and is New Zealand’s tallest building as well as the entire southern hemisphere. The building serves as a telecommunications tower and is part of SKYCITY Auckland, a complex that includes casinos and hotels as well as an observatory. You can move to the top of the tower with a transparent elevator. From the top of Sky Tower, visibility within a radius of 80 km in all directions is completely unobstructed by any obstacle. The 60th floor is a transparent main observation area, 186 meters from the ground; while the upper Skydeck Observatory will be located at an altitude of 220 meters.
If you want to spend more time at the Sky Tower, you can dine at Peter Gordon’s The Sugar Club restaurant or have a snack at Sky Café or Orbit 360 Dining, the only revolving restaurant (rotating restaurant) in the city. Thrill seekers can try SkyJump (jump rope from above) or SkyWalk (walk around the building at 192 meters altitude).
Address: Victoria St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Height: 328 m
Construction started: 1994
The next destination in your New Zealand trip in Auckland is Albert Park. The park is only about 3 minutes by car from central Auckland or 10 minutes on foot, bordering with Kitchener Street, Wellesley Street, Princes Street and Bowen Avenue. This is one of the most important parks of the city because it is located in the central position, bearing many indigenous features and long history.
In the park there are many interesting statues, monuments, flower gardens and gorgeous Victorian fountains. Near the fountain there is a statue of Queen Victoria inaugurated in 1899 and the first statue of the Queen of England in New Zealand.
Address: 33-43 Princes St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9-301 0101
Hours: Open 24 hours
7 days in Auckland — Day 2: Auckland Zoo – Anawhata – Bethells Beach
The Auckland Zoo is 40 acres in size and has been in operation since 1922. There are 138 animals species from all over the world, with a total over of 875 individuals making it become the largest “animal collection” in New Zealand. In terms of diversity, the zoo currently has mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. KidZone is an interesting place for children to play and meet, practice pet care and feed animals.
In addition to the animals, the zoo also has a section called Te Wao Nui dedicated to native flora and fauna. The zoo also offers a number of close-ups and special experiences such as night safari zoo exploration, guided walks and animal-care behind-the-scenes tours.
Address: Motions Rd, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9-360 3805
Hours: 9:30AM–5:30PM (LAST ENTRY 4:15PM). Open every day except Christmas
Another option for you is the beaches, if you are a truly fan of sunshine and blue sea, or are very in need of “vitamin of Sea”. Anawhata and the farther beach area – Te Henga (Bethells Beach). Bethell’s Beach is a popular place for filmmakers, Taylor Swift also filmed an MV for the song Out Of The Woods here. If you move a further short distance to the west, you can go to Muriwai beach.
Auckland itinerary 7 days — Day 3: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium – Auckland Museum
Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium is considered a huge attraction in Auckland, with more than 30 display areas, 80 different marine species and 8 diverse themed areas. The unique design of the aquarium, including conveyor belt moves, slowly transport visitors through the exhibition areas. The aquarium has arc tunnels, creating a more interesting space than flat glass commonly found in normal aquariums.
Multi-area aquariums and tanks include Stingray Bay; The underwater world contains species from New Zealand seas; Fish showroom with tropical species from New Zealand rocky shore, Seahorse Kingdom, Antarctic Ice Adventure; Explore the ocean south of Niwa; Shark tunnel and shipwreck discovery …
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
Address: 23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Admission: Adult/child: $39/$27
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The remains of the day, you can spend a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, home of New Zealand historical artifacts including military history and natural history with an emphasis on the history of Auckland. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building of Auckland Park.
The museum is divided into four sections spread over a three-story building. On the top floor are exhibitions related to the battles that New Zealand has participated in and also the Memory Hall in the museum dedicated to fallen soldiers.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Address: The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Hours: 10AM–5PM daily, closed Sundays and public holidays (except Anzac Day)
Admission: Adult/child: $25/$10, free for Auckland residents
Auckland itinerary 7 days — Day 4: Maungakiekie Hill – Howick Historical village – Miranda Bird Sanctuary
One Tree Hill is a rural, open-style green space, with historical monuments and many giant trees. The park is located on the grounds of Maungakiekie, the second largest volcano in Auckland with three craters and a lava area.