Many people would consider Auckland to be the cultural capital of New Zealand (just don’t tell that to people from Wellington!). On this page you’ll find a handy guide to some of the best Auckland arts and crafts activities, excursions, and “must-dos”. If you’re looking to indulge your inner artist or bohemian, then take a look at our list below:

Auckland Museumcity_of_sails

This museum – housed in one of the finest historical buildings in New Zealand – is a testament to the richness of cultures and diverse history that has made the nation what it is today. See culturally significant exhibits from Maori and Pacific cultures, as well as other treasures from New Zealand’s history.

Howick Historical Village

This village is a faithful recreation of what life would have been like in colonial-era New Zealand, built using cottages and houses actually saved from the region. You’ll be able to explore an authentic slice of NZ’s culture and history, as you step back in time into a different era.

Devonport Craft Market

The historic seaside town of Devonport is considered by many to be one of the jewels in Auckland’s crown. Devonport’s craft market is usually held on Saturdays between 10am-2pm at the Devonport Community House. However, it is advisable to check the website here for exact times and locations. At the craft market you’ll be able to browse the work of talented artisans and craftspeople.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Considered a “garden of national significance”, the Auckland Botanic Gardens are a must-see if you are after a rich cultural experience during your time in the City of Sails. At the gardens you will find many examples of great outdoor sculpture by talented New Zealand artists. Whether you’re a budding botanist or just enjoy admiring beautiful sculptures, you’re bound to enjoy the time you spend at Auckland’s Botanic Gardens.

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