Team Activities in Auckland
Auckland is, with over 1.6 million citizens, New Zealand’s largest city. The city is surrounded by numerous picturesque islands and 48 volcanoes and is known as the ‘’City of Sails’’ because of the great number of yachts in the harbours and the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland has a climate that consists of warm summers and cooler winters, the summer months are between December and March. Being the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland has many cool team activities to offer, from the beautiful Waiheke Island to fun teambuilding activities with your coworkers or team. Read more to find out why you should consider a visit to Auckland, and everything New Zealand’s biggest city has to offer.
Why you should consider a visit to Auckland
Auckland is a large city with lots of character, and that shows in the many activities it has to offer! The beautiful Waiheke Island could be a reason alone to visit the city, with its remarkable viticulture, white-sand beaches, and adventurous activities. Auckland is also perfect for the real adrenaline junkies, as it has lots of options for bungee jumping, mountain biking, sea kayaking, and much more! If you’re a real nature lover, Auckland is also the city for you. Botanic gardens, dormant volcanoes, and beautiful coastlines are within hand reach.
Our favourite team activities in Auckland
Whether you’re looking for an adventurous activity outdoors or on the islands outside of Auckland, urban activities, or something more on the sporty side: we’ve got you covered! We listed our top 14 team activities in Auckland below.
Team activities on the islands
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
A wine tour on Waiheke Island, can it get any better? Discover what this beautiful island has to offer in the wine department by going to boutique vineyards that offer a great wine tasting experience. On this day tour, you’ll be picked up from the Matiatia Wharf, introduced to the great wines of the island, treated to beautiful scenery. Lunch and the ferry back to Auckland are included.
Waiheke Island Art Walk
Waiheke Island has more to offer than just wine (though you won’t hear us complain about it). If you want to do a team activity that’s more on the cultural side, try the Waiheke Island Art Walk. On this tour, you’ll discover the cultural side of this artsy and creative place, and you’ll meet talented local artists. The tour will be given by a local expert guide.
Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip
This is THE island for bird lovers! Tiritiri Matangi has a bird sanctuary with all kinds of exotic birds. If you want to go here, make sure you make reservations on time since the island only allows a limited amount of visitors at once. This is to protect the wildlife that lives there. Included in the tour is a convenient ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, with the option to book a guided walk at the island.
Auckland City activities
Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
In this half-day tour, you and your team will see all the highlights that Auckland has to offer. You’ll see fantastic vista points, beautiful beaches, atmospheric neighbourhoods, and the downtown shopping areas. Group numbers are limited to 11 people, to give a more personalized experience.
Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
View Auckland from the seaside and enjoy a three-course dinner with your team, friends, or coworkers. The cruise starts at Viaduct Harbour and goes by Waitemata Harbour’s highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. While anchored at Westhaven Marina, you and your company can spend quality time together while indulging in a three-course meal. Sounds good, right?
Museum of Transport and Technology
The largest museum of its kind in New Zealand, offering a fun, interactive, and educational experience. Explore our fascinating exhibitions telling stories of the history and development of New Zealand transport and technology with your team.
The museum is housed in an Iconic building within the grounds of a tranquil park, the Auckland Museum is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand’s culture and its natural history. The museum has daily cultural shows and an internationally significant Maori and Pacific collection to explore, making the museum a must-see attraction. Discover the fascinating Maori culture with your team!
Team activities outdoors
Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
Search for dolphins, whales, and other sea creatures with your team members during a tour of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This half-day tour/cruise is just a short boat ride away from Auckland city’s Viaduct Harbour.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Do you and your friends or coworkers love nature and the outdoors? Then this one’s for you! The Botanic Gardens of Auckland have collections of natives and exotics, complimented by lakes, the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden, and a growing collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures by New Zealand artists. The Gardens are only 20 minutes away from the city, open every day of the year, and (this might be the best part) entry is free.
The Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland. Perfect for teams of real animal lovers, or people who like an active day of walking.
Adventurous team activities
Group Surf Lesson at Piha Beach
Did you and your friends always want to learn how to surf? Well, this is your chance! Surf lessons at Piha Surf Academy are of high quality, with coaches that will guide you every step of the way. The Piha Surf Academy caters to all, beginners to advanced, children to adults, as well as schools and larger groups.
The Wicked West Tour
This team activity allows you and your team to immerse yourselves in the stunning natural beauty of West Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. Explore the crystalline black sand of Piha beach, the wild isolation of Karekare beach, and the cascading Karekare waterfall. During the tour, you’ll travel in luxurious SUVs through ancient native forests and be among the beautiful west Auckland scenery. Extra note: this tour is for smaller-sized groups. Usually, maximum group sizes are groups of 4, but for private tours, up to six team members can be accommodated.
Hole in the Rock Experience
Embark on a 2-day voyage of discovery with your team, and see the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise to ‘’hole in the rock’’, the most popular dolphin-watching cruise in the Bay of Island. After that, you and your friends will go to one of New Zealand’s most historic locations, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and take in the sights of Russell on an intimate one-hour coach tour.
Bonus activity for movie geeks
Our final activity is for those groups out there that are huge Lord of the Rings fans. Because as a fan, you cannot visit New Zealand without visiting The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. From Auckland, you and your team will hop on a minibus customized with Wi-Fi access, drop-down screens, and USB charging points.
When a destination is further than walking distance, figuring how to get there can be a pain. Why not make it easier and rent a bus to your desired team activity? Our wide variety of buses will transport you to any part of New Zealand, even if you’re south of Invercargill or north of Whangarei. If you want to read more, we have another article listing our Top Group Activities in Auckland or perhaps you’re organising a corporate event and want to discover some Conference Venues in Auckland.