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Auckland's oldest park, Auckland Domain can also be considered the city's most interesting green space. The 75 hectare (185 acre) area has been developed around the explosion crater of an extinct volcano, as evidenced by its many "tuff rings," which form a natural amphitheater. Several sports fields stretch along the floor of the crater, while one of the city's most-visited tourist attractions, the Auckland War Memorial, sits high up on the rim. Enjoy a leisurely stroll among the towering trees, feed the noisy ducks, and admire the verdant ferns of the winter gardens. If you get hungry during your visit, you can pick up snacks at one of the many kiosks. Alternatively, pack a picnic. Put Auckland Domain on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Auckland trip maker tool.
Auckland Domain reviews
It was many years since I had been through this area and I found the memorial to our war dead very moving. more »
The green field was part of volcanic soil. It serves the garden as a beauty of aotearoa. Maori word for nz more »
The Domain area was formed by volcanic activity. The large crater has a small scoria cone in its centre. The rim of the crater offers panoramic views. more »
We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival. There is plenty of space.. it looks beautiful with all the lanterns!!! Unfortunately they're not there all year round. Its a nice, safe place..
Beautiful Auckland space, sealed pathways throughout the domain. A few tree roots causing lifting to pavements which maybe difficult to traverse for mobility users. Would be fantastic if more crossings were accessible like they do for the Lantern Festival.
Let's be clear about this. Auckland Domain is deservedly a great park. See it. Feel it. It is not just an empty field. It is an entire environment from a very obvious volcanic caldera which you can walk on, a magnificent classical museum building on the easterly rim of the crater, undisturbed native bush and an inspiring collection of tropical plants inside slightly aging buildings. Also hosts some major annual events such as Chinese New Year and Christmas in the Park
Big park in the middle of the city with a museum. Great to walk around. At the time, the lantern festival was going on. So nice to see all of the lanterns all lit up.
Something for everyone, accessible to all in all seasons! Besides the War Memorial Museum, there are massive green spaces to enjoy as a family, and a broad range of curated gardens, both indoor in the Winter Gardens, and outdoors in several spots. The mature trees and birdlife down by the pond are a special place that I spend a lot of time too!
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