Auckland Domain

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Auckland Domain which includes a city, a garden and skyline

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.

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Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$139 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
4.5 out of 5
2 Tapora Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$199 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$254 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Grand Central Serviced Apartments
Grand Central Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
26 Te Taou Cres, Auckland, Auckland
The price is NZ$110 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
4.5 out of 5
2 Tapora Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$199 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$139 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$254 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Auckland City Hotel - Hobson Street
Auckland City Hotel - Hobson Street
4 out of 5
157 Hobson Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$125 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
The price is NZ$299 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
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Quest Carlaw Park
Quest Carlaw Park
4 out of 5
15 Nicholls Lane, Carlaw Park, Auckland
The price is NZ$159 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
4 out of 5
150 Anzac Avenue, Auckland
The price is NZ$116 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland
The price is NZ$133 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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