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Auckland Domain

This park was once an active volcano, and today it features exotic trees, sculptural artworks and a museum.

Auckland Domain, known to locals as The Domain, has been a public garden since 1860. The land was once a Maori “pa,” a defended settlement used for crop growing and food storage. The land has an unusual formation, due to its origin as an extinct volcano. Natural amphitheaters make it the perfect place for sports grounds, and the fertile volcanic soil feeds the many exotic trees, gardens and native bushland in the 185-acre (75-hectare) park.

You’ll discover both old and modern artworks as you walk through the manicured lawns, avenues of trees and seasonal plantings within the park. Eight diverse sculptures by New Zealand artists make up a designated Sculpture Walk. The Wintergarden section of the park features several marble statues donated in the 1920s by a local businessman, as well as a recent sculpture by the Chinese-New Zealand artist Guy Ngan.

Explore historical buildings such as the Greco–Roman-style Auckland War Memorial Museum, which was built in 1929. Its displays include not only military exhibits, but also the history of New Zealand’s Maori and settlers, arts and crafts, and native flora and fauna.

Wander through changing tropical and temperate plant displays in the park’s impressive historic glasshouse, which was built in the 1920s. Enjoy a coffee or lunch in the café with a view over the duck pond. The pond was formed by natural springs, which were used in the mid-1800s to supply water to Auckland.

An arts festival is held every year in autumn, and brings both local and international acts together in a celebration of theater, dance, music and the visual arts.

Auckland Domain is easily accessible from most parts of Auckland by LINK Bus or Explorer Bus services. There is on-site and street parking, which is free for up to two hours.

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 ¥15,297
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 ¥15,115
    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 ¥15,969
      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 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 ¥13,269
        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 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 ¥11,795
          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 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 ¥14,805
            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 ¥14,304
              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 ¥5,099
                Kiwi International Hotel

                Kiwi International Hotel

                411 Queen Street, Auckland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Newton, this hotel is steps 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.