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Auckland Museum/Auckland Domain

This museum is located on the stunning Auckland Domain which provides a fabulous picnic setting. The Auckland Museum has a wonderful display of Maori artifacts and culture. The Manaia show consists of a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and a haka. This is followed by an introduction to the Maori court which houses the country’s finest collection of Maori Taonga (treasures). Maori cultural performances occur daily and lasts for 20 minutes, followed by a guided tour of the Maori and Pacific Galleries.
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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island was isolated farmland until the 1960s and ’70s when it was discovered as a hideaway for artists and people seeking an alternative lifestyle. The island retains a laid-back atmosphere, but is now increasingly home to an eclectic mix of winemakers, olive growers and white-collar executives who commute to downtown Auckland by ferry. Some of New Zealand’s best red wines come from Waiheke, where hot dry summers and stony soils provide ideal growing conditions. Visit the island’s website for more information.
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Goat Island

Goat Island is a Scientific Reserve and access is by permit only. Auckland University has its marine laboratory on the mainland adjacent to the island and reserve. However, the Glass Bottom Boat operates from Goat Island Marine Reserve and allows visitors to view the marine life with full commentary and without getting wet. Take the 45 minute trip around the island, or a 30 minute tour of the inner reef area. In warmer weather you can get closer to the action by swimming or snorkelling around the reef.
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Potiki Adventures - Urban Maori Experience

Feel like trying Flax Weaving, Native Bush Walk or West Coast Beach and venture out to the Waitakere Ranges on the West Coast of Auckland? Take a brief bush walk and learn about Tane Mahuta - God of the Forest and the traditional uses of plants used for Rongoa - Maori medicine. Time dependent you can also go to the summit of one of the peaks to get a birds-eye view of the rainforest, West Coast and spectacular views back to the city. The tour finishes in the realm of Tangaroa - God of the Sea with a barefoot walk upon the desolate and often stormy Whatipu Beach - Auckland’s wildest black sand beach.
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Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience

Bush and Beach Ltd run specialised tours of the Waitakere Ranges, rainforest and west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. The Waitakere Ranges is located just 40 minutes from downtown and is Auckland's largest regional park. The tour includes a stop at the Arataki Centre, housing traditional Maori carvings and views of both coasts, before reaching the black sand beaches where filming of "The Piano" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" took place. The guide will explain the fascinating local history, flora and fauna of the region as you walk along the beach and through some rainforested tracks.
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