The Auckland Domain, referred to as Pukekawa / Auckland Domain by the Auckland Council, is a large park in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the oldest park in the city, and at 75 hectares (190 acres) is one of the largest. Located in the central suburb of Grafton, the park land is the remains of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of the Pukekawa volcano.
The park is home to one of Auckland's main tourist attractions, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which sits prominently on the crater rim (tuff ring). Several sports fields occupy the floor of the crater and the rim opposite the Museum hosts the cricket pavilion and Auckland City Hospital. The Domain Wintergardens, with two large glass houses, lie on the north side of the central scoria cone called Pukekaroa Hill. A sacred tōtara tree grows on top of Pukekaroa. The fernery has been constructed in an old quarry in part of Pukekaroa. The duck ponds lie in the northern sector of the explosion crater, which is breached to the north with a small overflow stream.
Deeksha Nanaiah | Mar 4, 2018
Love this park. Very well maintained garden and clean. I can walk around looking at those trees for a whole day. It is huge! Lots of space to play. Good for kids and dogs. At the end of the park is the Auckland war memorial museum, which is worth the visit. The Auckland lantern festival is amazing. The place is so lively with 100s of food stalls and entertainment. The lanterns were beautifully decorated on those majestic trees and themed sets in the garden.
David Vedder | Mar 4, 2018
Later Festival at the Domain, as always it's an amazing experience with lots to see and do. Some great exhibits, good food, lots of light up trinkets, it's close to public transport, and the staff work hard to keep it reasonably tidy. The crowds are a challenge though, and you end up waiting for things... a lot. The Domain itself is always beautiful, great for a walk, a picnic or to play around. You also have the Museum & Botanic Gardens.
Faiz Dholkawala | Mar 3, 2018
One of my favourite parks in Auckland. Not far from the city centre. Has cricket pitches, and ample space to play other sports - rugby, football. Neat jogging track around it too.
Raghav Abbhi | Nov 21, 2017
Beautiful place. Unbelievably close to the city. Great views of the harbor. Relaxing place. This is a place for all seasons. Always a great experience to stroll through the greenery. The Winter Garden and the Duck Pond in the Domain are a major attraction for kids and families. Parking can be difficult on busy days. Good public transport links are there from the city.
Marie-Claire Houtsmuller | Jan 27, 2018
Auckland Domain is a gem. Well looked after, great for kids, sports, a run or a walk. Always a vibrant feel to the place since so many people come together. Unbelievable that it’s just a volcano that they filled up! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Auckland. Also make sure you go to the winter gardens and the war memorial.
David Vedder | Apr 3, 2018
Lantern Festival at the Domain, as always it's an amazing experience with lots to see and do. Some great exhibits, good food, lots of light up trinkets, it's close to public transport, and the staff work hard to keep it reasonably tidy. The crowds are a challenge though, and you end up waiting for things... a lot. The Domain itself is always beautiful, great for a walk, a picnic or to play around. You also have the Museum & Botanic Gardens.
Deepa Chaturvedi | Mar 31, 2018
Beautiful beautiful green space at the heart of the city. Keep walking and you will get to the library and Auckland Domain. You will also find the War Memorial here. Connects to the University of Auckland. Central to CBD and Grafton. The green patch is totally awesome and a setting out of books. Worth for walks or a leisurely book reading in the sun. It is also the location for the yearly Lantern Festival.
HE Z | Mar 7, 2018
This place just so good, big area and just nearby the museum. You may see really good sakura views in the spring. There are some important events will be here such as Anzac Day and Lantern Festival. Usually not too many people during the working days but holiday and day of events.
Kevin Jonas | Mar 29, 2018
I love walking around this park..this time it was for Chinese New Year lantern festival. You must visit the botanical gardens and take a picnic and sit on the grass or visit the museum
Kriselda Puyat | Apr 24, 2018
Went to the museum with the kids, the older one liked it youngest was scared. It's a good place for a tour and they had a Lego event that kids would enjoy especially for school holidays. Only problem is parking, you can either pay or look for free street parking which is by luck. Good facilities and very educational. Highly recommend
Alex Tjahjana | Apr 19, 2018
The biggest park in the central city, and you can find lots of people having their exercise. The Lovers Lane is great to walk especially during spring time when the cherry trees are blossoming. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is also located in this park. the other highest ground in the Auckland Domain is a sacred Maori burial site, so please have some respect when you're around that area. The domain grand stand was a great building with great wooden floor interior, unfortunately, now its outside is mostly occupied by hobos; although they won't hassle you, you might feel a bit uncomfortable.
David Palfreyman | Apr 15, 2018
A jewel in Auckland’s crown. Huge park with wide open meadows and meandering bush walks. Right at the top is the Auckland museum a grand old building sitting in the middle of this beautiful park, how cool is that. Additionally there are two large ‘glass houses’ known as the wintergardens which are full of exotic and beautiful plants and is a truly magical place to escape the hustle and bustle and recharge your batteries. I like that the city council allows events like the lantern festival to take place here which brings a whole other element at times. Very cool.
Abdullah Al Asif | Apr 25, 2018
Huge place. Green and green everywhere. So beautiful. Just love this place. Been there to see Lantern Festival. Definitely people should visit this place especially in summer.
Richard Davis | May 12, 2018
Review for Auckland War Memorial Museum: A great day out with kids, especially when it's wet and can park underground. A very accessible place if you have a buggy - or wheelchair. There's a large range of things to see with some fascinating pacific displays and the war exhibits are quite sobering. What makes it stand out for me are the interactive exhibits, for kids and adults alike, hands-on stuff and even VR. Only downside today was the parking machines were very slow so queued for a while to get out and ended up paying for an extra half hour of parking!
Cazza Nic | Jul 15, 2018
Auckland domain is a fantastic place to visit, especially on a nice fine day. Whether visiting the stunning Wintergardens (best in Spring), visiting the Museum, going to the cafe, visiting the duckpond...or just strolling amongst the trees and park-like surroundings. Lots of events, and sports clubs use the grounds also. A lovely place to take a picnic and take in the stunning views of Auckland harbour.
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