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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.


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Lodging Near Auckland Domain

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Cordis Auckland - formerly The Langham

Cordis Auckland - formerly The Langham

83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
4.7
of 5, from 5,533 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This stylish hotel is within 1 km (0.6 mi) of Aotea Centre, City Hall, Albert Park, and the University of Auckland.

$129
Grand Millennium Auckland

Grand Millennium Auckland

71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
4.5
of 5, from 6,327 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Connected to Aotea Centre, this atrium-style hotel is also just a few blocks from the nightlife and cafés of Karangahape Road, and 500 meters from city center shops and entertainment, where you can enjoy the arts, musical performances and theatre.

$65
Bianco off Queen

Bianco off Queen

2 White Street, Auckland
3.5
of 5, from 2,275 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Newton, this luxury apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Auckland International College and Auckland Town Hall. University of Auckland and Sky Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$174
Skycity Hotel

Skycity Hotel

Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
4.4
of 5, from 2,734 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Queen Street Shopping District and Auckland Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

$100
Waldorf Stadium Apartments Hotel

Waldorf Stadium Apartments Hotel

40 Beach Road, Auckland
4.4
of 5, from 2,156 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Spark Arena, University of Auckland, and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Auckland Town Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$157
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Stamford Plaza Auckland

22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland
4.6
of 5, from 6,971 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in vibrant downtown Auckland, this 5-star hotel is a 5-minute stroll from the shops and cafes of the city's iconic Queen Street. Sky Tower and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes.

$63
Parnell City Lodge

Parnell City Lodge

400 Parnell Road, Auckland
2.7
of 5, from 189 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Parnell, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Holy Trinity Cathedral and Auckland War Memorial Museum. University of Auckland and Auckland Domain are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$111
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland
4.1
of 5, from 1,873 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Newton, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Grafton Bridge and Auckland Town Hall. University of Auckland and Sky Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).