Auckland has a wide range of attractions, which include, but are not limited to, the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere, fine museums and art galleries, volcanos, parks and more!

CITYSCAPE & ATTRACTIONS

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Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing building in the southern hemisphere, measuring 328 m (1,076 ft) tall. Due to its height and unique design, it has become an iconic landmark. The Sky Tower has several upper levels that are open to the public that contain an observation deck, a sky lounge, restaurants, and more. New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant is located 190m (620ft) off the ground and turns 360 degrees every hour.

Yoga in the Sky

Enjoy a yoga experience with breathtaking views at 186 meters above Auckland City!

Sessions are available for booking on select Tuesdays, from 7am to 8am. 

For more information, visit Yoga in the Sky.

Auckland Night Market

Auckland Night Markets are a great way to experience food from other cultures, hear live music and watch performances! The Night markets have expanded over the years with 6 locations across Auckland. The admission is free but there’s plenty of food, fashion, and interesting sights and smells to tempt your senses and drain your wallet!

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

New Zealand Maritime Museum

From Kupe and the first Polynesians to arrive in New Zealand, to the discovery and settlement of New Zealand by Europeans, visit the New Zealand Maritime Museum to discover the stories that have shaped New Zealand’s identity as a seafaring nation. 

The Museum houses one of the nation’s most important heritage collections which covers the breadth of its relationship with the sea; from the Great Pacific Migration a thousand years ago to the cutting edge of modern technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting.

Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is said to be one of the finest museums in the southern hemisphere. Here you can find a unique collection of Māori and Pacific treasures. It is the only place in Auckland where visitors can see a Māori cultural experience daily.

For information on hours and admission, please visit the Auckland Museum website.

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand. It offers visitors with fresh ways to think about art and participate in creativity. The gallery houses a remarkable permanent collection and temporary exhibitions

Multiple exhibition spaces spreading across four levels of the gallery’s award-winning building, provides the most inspiring visual arts experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. Their collection and loan collections currently number more than 17,000 artworks. Together, they include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art. Alongside outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, they represent significant international painting, sculpture and print collections. 

For information on hours and admission, please visit the Auckland Art Gallery website.

ISLAND HOPPING

Waiheke Island

A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, the breathtaking Waiheke Island is home to several wineries, olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists. Get a chance to explore the island’s trails which meander along cliff tops, or walk around the stunning beaches and into cool enclaves of native forests.

You can rent a bike and board the ferry at the Downtown Auckland Ferry terminal and enjoy a 35-40 minute cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island.

Ferry Tickets can be purchased at Fullers360 or Sealink.

Bike Rentals 

Auckland Ragitoto Staying Active in Auckland
Rangitoto

Rangitoto is Auckland’s most iconic island, with its distinctive symmetrical cone and superb location just off the coast. Only a short, scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island is a favourite destination for hikers and day-trippers. Emerging unexpectedly from the sea some 600 years ago, it is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field.

For more Rangitoto Island travel information, click here.

Ferry Tickets can be purchased at Fullers360.

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Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary for endangered native birds and reptiles. The island can be reached via ferry from Auckland downtown in 75 minutes. Visitors may explore the tracks and beaches on their own after a brief introduction from a local ranger. The sanctuary also offers guided walks.

Find out more about Auckland’s must-visit attractions here.

Ferry Tickets can be purchased at Fullers360.

HIKES

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tangariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual world heritage area. Trek across volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views. 

If you’re planning to stay in New Zealand a little longer, refer to the Great Walks website for information on other incredible hikes.

Mt Eden

Mt Eden, a dormant volcanic cone that rises 196 m (643 ft) above sea level, is the highest natural point in Auckland. Just 5km from downtown Auckland, it offers a spectacular 360-degree city panorama view. It is also known by the Māori name Maungawhau, meaning “Mountain of the Whau Tree”. It makes for a great hiking and picture-taking spot and is visited by many tourists throughout the year.

Coast to Coast Walkway

The Coast to Coast walk is a 16km hike across Auckland from one coast to the other, from Waitematā to Manukau. It takes you through landscapes shaped by 600 years of Māori occupation, and through some of our finest natural and built heritage areas offering panoramic views along the way. Mt Eden is a part of the Coast to Coast walk.

For more information and a map, please visit Coast to Coast Walkway.

TOURS

ISBNPA 2020 is happy to offer a sightseeing and tour advisor, at the registration desk during the conference, in partnership with Exclusive Tours Limited!

Below is a preview of some the tours they offer:

Waitomo Caves/Totorua Day Tour

Dates: June 16th, 20th and 21st, 2020
Duration: Approximately 12hrs – From 7:30 to 20:15 hours
Pickup: Pickup from (or close to) accommodations in downtown Auckland
Departure: Drop-off at (or close to) accommodations in downtown Auckland
Cost:
NZD$390.00 per person
Includes: Transportation, Tour escort, morning and evening snacks on coach, guided tour of Waitomo caves, picnic lunch on coach, Agrodome sheep show and farm tour, guided tour of Te Puia, and Maori cultural performances at Te Puia.

Take in the beauty of the world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves on a guided tour. Experience the beauty of impressive limestone rock formations and twinkling glowworms. The tour ends with a short boat ride along an underground river into a cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.

Departing Waitomo, enjoy a tour of the Agrodome complex for an introduction to New Zealand farming. Get a chance to watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals, followed by a sheep dog demonstration and a visit to a 100-year-old working woolen mill. Travel along the Rotorua lakefront and through the Government Gardens which house the historic Tudor-style museum and the Blue Baths. Arriving at Te Puia, enter the sacred marae (meeting house) for a Māori Concert. Surrounded by carvings of the ancestors, visitors are treated to beautiful harmonies, poi dance, the famous haka (war dance), and tititorea (stick dance). Inside the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, see artists at work creating traditional wood carvings and weaving. The Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is home to the famous Pohutu geyser, as well as fumaroles, and boiling mud pools. 

** If you need assistance with planning and booking these pre and post conference tours of New Zealand and or local Auckland sightseeing tours, then please contact Sharron Hickman at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz or visit her or one of her colleagues at the registration desk!

Coast & Rainforest Walking Tour

Dates: June 16th, 20th and 21st, 2020
Duration: Approximately 7hrs – From 10:00 to 17:00 hours
Pickup: Pickup from Aotea centre
Departure: Drop-off at Aotea centre
Cost:
NZD$225.00 per person
Includes: Transportation, Tour guide, Regional Park access fee, picnic lunch with lunch tea/coffee/water, and afternoon tea.

If you love to walk, this tour is for you! An experienced local nature guide will take you on a range of rainforest, beach and clifftop walks. The black sand beaches and rainforest of West Auckland  are unique in New Zealand and this tour is a great way to experience the best they have to offer. Your eco-tour includes a guided walk in an area of original rainforest where ancient kauri trees tower over the unique trees and plants that have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years.

Visit an awe-inspiring west coast beach where you can stroll along the soft black sand beach, watch the surf waves crashing in and feel the clear ocean breeze. Apart from keeping you entertained and informed, the guides will make sure you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make sure there are lots of photo opportunities!

** If you need assistance with planning and booking these pre and post conference tours of New Zealand and or local Auckland sightseeing tours, then please contact Sharron Hickman at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz or visit her or one of her colleagues at the registration desk!

Hobbitton Day Tour

Dates: June 20th and 21st, 2020
Duration: Approximately 9hrs
              Group 1: 7:15 to approximately 16:45 hours
              Group 2: 8:30 to approximately 18:00 hours
Pickup: Pickup from the registration desk at the Aotea centre
Departure: Drop-off at the Aotea centre
Cost:
NZD$305.00 per person
Includes: Transportation, tour manager, admission and guided tour of Hobbiton, a drink in the Green Inn, buffet lunch (mains and desserts), and bottled water.
*Guests to pay directly on the day for all beverages that they have with lunch    

Drive from Auckland through “middle-earth” to the Hobbiton Movie Set from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films for a fascinating guided tour. On arrival at Shire’s Rest guests embark on their Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. The guided tour will conclude with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where guests will enjoy an ale, cider or ginger beer and lunch in the marquee alongside the Green Dragon Inn before returning to Auckland.

** If you need assistance with planning and booking these pre and post conference tours of New Zealand and or local Auckland sightseeing tours, then please contact Sharron Hickman at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz or visit her or one of her colleagues at the registration desk!

Mountain Biking

Date: June 16th, 2020
Duration: Approximately 6.5hrs – From 8:00 to 14:30 hours
Pick up: Pick up from the registration desk at the Aotea centre
Drop off: Drop off at the Aotea centre
Cost:
NZD$290.00 per person
Includes: Road transportation, tour manager, helmet & mountain bike hire, mountain bike guides, beer tasting, lunch (mains and dessert), and bottled water.
*Guests to supply conference organizers with any dietary issues they may have. 

Woodhill Forest is a great destination for adventure lovers with activities year-round. It is a sand-based pine forest, providing all weather trails and recreation. There are over 50 named trails/courses which provide over 100 kilometres of single-track riding and over 100 purpose-built, council compliant jumps and stunts including the huge and pretty scary ‘North Shore’ stunts. With an intimate knowledge of both Woodhill and mountain biking the guides will help you get the most out of your ride by tailoring it specifically to the ability and fitness of your group, while also providing “friendly coaching” along the way during the two hour mountain biking experience.

After the exhilarating mountain biking enjoy beer tasting at Hallertau Brewery followed by a casual lunch.

** If you need assistance with planning and booking these pre and post conference tours of New Zealand and or local Auckland sightseeing tours, then please contact Sharron Hickman at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz or visit her or one of her colleagues at the registration desk!

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