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No visit to Auckland is complete without viewing this famous landmark. Originally constructed as a 4-lane highway, the bridge was extended to accommodated more traffic by a team of Japanese engineers. Thus extra lanes were added to the bridge and the bridge acquired the nickname 'Nippon Clip-on'.
The Auckland Domain is a very large park known for its sprawling trees, gardens and playing fields. It features several places well worth visiting in Auckland. In fact, an entire day can be devoted to exploring this area of the city. One can also view the Winter Gardens, and several glasshouses full of tropical plants, while touring the Domain.
Situauted on a hill in the southern part of the Domain, this museum is a favorite tourist destination. vi. It is recognized for having the world's largest collection of Polynesian artifacts, and is the place to go to if you want to know more about New Zealand's natural history. The Museum gives you the opportunity to see a 30 metre long Maori war canoe created from a single totara tree, dating back to over a century. Auckland Museum also features a Children's Discover Center, making the place perfect for families. Tours of the rare Maori exhibit are another attraction.
Parnell Village lies very close to the West of the Domain. This area is home to several historic sites in the city. The first settlers' houses, church, and cemetery offer insight into the country's history. Parnell today is known for its top of the notch restaurants, and is a great shopping destination with its many antique and arts and crafts shops.
If you are dining out in Auckland, prepare to be impressed with the fresh produce and culinary innovation. While there is no particular New Zealand cuisine, you get to savor food with Pacific, Asian and European influences. If you want to try local delicacies, then you can't go wrong with locally caught fish and New Zealand lamb. Kiwis are also wine connoisseurs, so get ready to sample some great local wines.
Dining times range from 7:30-11 am for breakfast, noon-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10 pm for dinner.