There’s no better way to get to grips with a culture’s heritage than to immerse yourself in its arts scene. The Auckland Museum gives a superb insight into the island’s fascinating history, set in a beautiful, pillared building. There, you’ll discover New Zealand’s beginnings and the enormous impact the Maori people still have on the country today. You can even see traditional Maori dances in action, while checking out historic sculptures, art and artefacts.
At the Auckland Art Gallery, you’ll find more than 15,000 works, housed in sleek, contemporary surroundings. However, if you prefer the great outdoors, there are plenty of walks and excursions to go on, taking in sites such as Mount Eden, the Waitakere Ranges and Cornwall Park.