Five new attractions for your next visit to Auckland

Looking for exciting new attractions in Auckland? Climb to the roof of one of Auckland’s most recognizable buildings, enter a climate-controlled wetland habitat home to crocodiles, and hunt down a hidden new cocktail bar accessible only by password.

An amazing rooftop tour

Think you’ve seen all the Auckland War Memorial Tāmaki Paenga Hira Museum has to offer? Until March 31, 2023, visitors can climb to the roof of the grand heritage building for an entirely different perspective.

The incredible rooftop museum tour takes place daily at 10.15am and select Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm, offering not only a unique vantage point over the city skyline, harbor and inner suburbs, but also a overview of the historic neoclassical building itself and the surrounding estate.

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The tour takes visitors to the roof of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


The tour takes visitors to the roof of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Each hour-long tour is limited to 10 people and requires a moderate level of fitness to navigate the stairs. It costs $30 per person. See:

Auckland Zoo’s new wetland habitat

The Indonesian swamp forest at Auckland Zoo is complete, with new crocodiles and fish moving through the dome.


The Indonesian swamp forest at Auckland Zoo is complete, with new crocodiles and fish moving through the dome.

You may need to shed a few layers as you enter Auckland Zoo’s new exhibit. The swamp dome is set to a balmy 28 degrees between 70-90% humidity to mimic the experience of wandering in an Indonesian rainforest.

The high-tech climate-controlled dome also uses harvested water for a special rainfall system – which periodically sends drizzle into the exhibit. The tropical habitat is the final part of the zoo’s multimillion-dollar Southeast Asian jungle trail, which also recently welcomed two young Sumatran tigers.

Three interconnected pool areas are home to new Sunda, Malu and Sumpit gharial crocodiles, as well as a variety of Southeast Asian fish species and over 100 lush plants. Visitors can see everything through transparent panels two meters high. See:

A new Italian market

Arrive on an empty stomach.


Arrive on an empty stomach.

Auckland’s famous La Cigale French boutique, cafes and weekend markets came to an end last year, after 24 years of ‘bringing France to Parnell’.

New delicatessen chain Buono has revived the beloved community gathering at the end of St George’s Bay Road, this time bringing a slice of Italy to the inner suburbs.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., visitors to Buono Gastro Market will find European delicacies and food items inside the delicatessen shop, while the open-air market is the perfect place to purchase produce, pastries and boutique products directly from local merchants. .

Grab a reusable tote bag and bring an empty stomach – you can expect mouth-watering goodies from vendors such as Dough Boys, Havana Coffee, Lalele Organic Gelato, Philippe’s Patisserie, Pizza a Casa, Roti Bros, Sabores – Spanish & Latin Kitchen. See:

Cocktails by password

You need a basic knowledge of movie trivia to get into Ponsonby’s brand new cocktail bar.

ACS arrives on the team’s lively strip behind popular bars The Parasol & Swing Company and The Broken Lantern. This new addition, upstairs from the latter at 198 Ponsonby Road, can only be accessed via an ever-changing password.

The venue’s weekly “Movie Monday” quiz on its Instagram page has the entry key – unlock the code by naming the movie or scene pictured. Even then, you’ll still have to find your way to the bar which is accessed by a secret staircase through a hidden door.

The bar, which is described as a “saucy mix of ’70s boudoir funk mixed with ’80s hip hop soul,” serves up decadent twists on classic cocktails. Since opening in early November, signature creations include a lime pie clarified milk punch, a Melbourne-inspired gin sour and another creation made with smoked lapsang souchong tea.

ACS is open Thursday through Sunday, 6 p.m. until late. See:

Three scenic tracks

The view of Whatipu Scientific Reserve from Gibbons Track.


The view of Whatipu Scientific Reserve from Gibbons Track.

The Gibbons, Muir and Pararaha Valley tracks were closed to the public in May 2018 after mana whenua placed a rāhui on the Waitākere Ranges to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.

In April, the 5.5 km network of West Coast Scenic Trails officially reopened to the public. As well as a lung and leg test, the walks offer stunning views of the Tasman Sea and Whatipu Science Reserve, an important wetland home to several rare and endangered species.

The track upgrade means that sections 2-5 of the 75km Te Ara Tūhura/Hillary Trail are now operational. The next section connecting Anawhata to Te Henga, the Te Henga and Muriwai footbridge is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in May 2023. See: