Auckland can quite fairly claim to provide one of the great recreational lifestyles in the world.
With two of the world’s great harbours, public parks and reserves in every suburb, plus great weather for getting outside, there's something for everyone in Auckland.
Sport and recreation
The Auckland city council provide a range of recreation facilities including sportsgrounds, parks and gardens. Your local community center may also run many different social activities and groups for the community to join.
Find swimming pools and leisure centres in Auckland, with details about costs and opening hours on the Auckland Leisure website.
Sports clubs and groups
On the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) website, you'll find clubs in the Auckland region that cover just about any sport you can think of. Also, NZ Sport list many of the sports clubs available around the region.
Tracks and walks
There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find wherever you go in New Zealand. Check the Department of Conservation site for information about walks, places to go camping and areas where you can go hunting. You'll find the parks and open spaces available near you on the Auckland Council website.
There are some restrictions on areas where dogs can be walked, and also some rules about owning a dog in Auckland. Check the Auckland Council site for details.
Auckland features a large number of tracks through beautiful scenery. New Zealand by Bike has information about cycle rides in the Auckland region.
With 3100 kilometres of coastline, Auckland is a wonderful place to be a recreational fisher. However, to stop overfishing, and conserve New Zealand's natural heritage, some areas are closed to fishing and some limits on daily catches will apply wherever you are. The catch limits apply to shellfish, such as mussels, paua or pipi, as well as to fish. Check the regulations in your local area before you fish or gather shellfish. You can find these on the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) website.
If you would like to go freshwater fishing, you will need a licence from Fish & Game New Zealand.
Art and culture
Museums and galleries in the area
There are a large number of museums and art galleries to visit in the Auckland region. You'll find details of each on the NZ Museums website.
Search through the many galleries, arts and attractions that Auckland has to offer on the Auckland NZ website.
This site gives information about shopping in Auckland, including shopping malls.
Why not try one of the Farmers' Markets in Auckland region?