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Auckland Domain

Once the site of an active volcano, Auckland Domain is now home to a wealth of exotic plantlife, sculpture and a wide-ranging museum.

Referred to locally as The Domain, this 75-hectare space has been a public garden since 1860. Before this time, it had functioned as a Maori pa – a fortified settlement given over to the cultivation of crops and food storage – and, well before that, had been the site of an active volcano. Even in its current incarnation, the park is still benefitting from its volcanic past, with the rich, fertile soil encouraging the growth of exotic plantlife, and the natural amphitheatre creating a perfect space for sports.

As you wander through the park, you may stumble across the designated sculpture walk. This consists of eight permanent sculptures by New Zealand artists. The Wintergarden section of the park is home to a collection of marble sculptures donated by a local businessman in the 20s, plus a newer work by Chinese-New Zealand artist Guy Ngan.

Step indoors for a while with a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This Greco-Roman style building houses numerous military exhibits, as the name suggests, but also deals with the area's natural history, the history of the Maori inhabitants, settlers and local crafts.

Follow this with a stroll over to the garden's beautiful glasshouse, which dates right back to the 1920s, for a look at the tropical and temperate plant displays, before settling down in the café by the pond for a leisurely lunch. This lake was originally formed by natural springs and used to provide water for the city. Nowadays, it provides a home for a large population of local ducks.

Autumn is a good time of year to visit the park, as this sees Auckland Domain host its annual arts festival, with performances in the areas of art, theatre, dance and music. Easily accessible by LINK and Explorer bus services, there is plenty of parking available near The Domain too.

Want to make your stop at Auckland Domain even more special? Don't forget to try some of these activities:

You should think about buying a Private Amazing Auckland Sights Express Tour or an Auckland Maori Luxury Tour while you're in the area. These activities are a couple of the most popular.

For many more activities, have a look at our Auckland things to do page.


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Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group NZ$249
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.

    Grand Millennium Auckland NZ$246
    Grand Millennium Auckland

    Grand Millennium Auckland

    71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aotea Centre and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 17 minutes by foot and Auckland Mt Eden Station is 25 minutes.

      SkyCity Grand Hotel NZ$244
      SkyCity Grand Hotel

      SkyCity Grand Hotel

      90 Federal Street, Auckland
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        CityLife Auckland NZ$216
        CityLife Auckland

        CityLife Auckland

        171 Queen Street, Auckland
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Auckland hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino are also within 5 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Heritage Auckland NZ$192
          Heritage Auckland

          Heritage Auckland

          35 Hobson Street, Auckland
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Auckland hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Princes Wharf and Auckland Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Pullman Auckland NZ$241
            Pullman Auckland

            Pullman Auckland

            Princes Street And Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Auckland hotel is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Auckland High Court, Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland. Queen Street Shopping District and The Civic are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 7 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 30 minutes.

              Stamford Plaza Auckland NZ$233
              Stamford Plaza Auckland

              Stamford Plaza Auckland

              22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DFS Galleria Auckland, Britomart Transport Centre and Auckland Ferry Terminal. Queen Street Shopping District and Sky Tower are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Kiwi International Hotel NZ$81
                Kiwi International Hotel

                Kiwi International Hotel

                411 Queen Street, Auckland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Newton, this hotel is steps away from Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 18 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 19 minutes.