The oldest park in Auckland,the Auckland Domain spreads across an area of 75 hectares and houses various tourist attractions. Located in Grafton’s central suburb, it is within this park that Auckland War Museum sits with all its charm. Created within the crater of an extinct volcano, this spacious park features several sports fields including a cricket pavilion.
Flaunting the classic charm of formal gardens, the park is adorned by lush greenery balancing out the space taken by various sculptures. The creations of prominent artists in New Zealand, these sculptures make up the park’s sculpture walk. As you stroll around these eight fascinating works, you will notice how each one with their distinctive characteristics demonstrates the diversity of New Zealand art.
With its two stunning glass houses, the Winter Garden at the domain presents visitors a much needed respite from the bustle of the city. An enclosed courtyard created between the two glass houses includes fountains and a fish pond. With such an intimate atmosphere that inspires romance, this spot is highly favoured by newlyweds as a backdrop for wedding photographs.
The domain’s large crater presents a natural amphitheatre ideal for holding large outdoor events. The panoramic vistas one gets to relish from the rim of this crater are nothing short of spectacular. One can even fly a kite here, recapturing their childhood spirit.
Various annual events are held here including “Christmas in the Park”, the “Teddybears Picnic” and the “Symphony under the Stars”. Among these, Christmas in the Park” is popularly known for attracting over 100,000 spectators each year.
Within easy access of this park is the oldest suburb in Auckland known as Parnell. An alluring blend of vibrant retail centres and historic buildings, this village is among the most popular tourist destinations in the region.
An Auckland city hotel such as the often patronized Copthorne Hotel Auckland City will see to fulfilling all your accommodation needs. Ideally located within easy access to the Central Business District and Queen Street, the hotel is a standout lodging option in the city. Offering a range of enticing Auckland hotel specials and packages, this exceptional rest is a traveller’s dream come true.