Parks are the destination of choice when you’re up for a relaxing day and want to breathe nice fresh air and enjoy the smell of trees and flowers. As I go for the big, I chose the biggest and oldest park in Auckland City - Auckland Domain, which is also where to find Auckland Museum.

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Map of Auckland Domain - it's big!

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Lovers Walk

There are some different walking tracks you can choose around the Domain, such as Lovers walk. The Lovers walk impressed me a lot, it's a trail with trees on the side and I thought how nice it would be when it is spring and the flowers are just blossoming with all the lovely green trees around! No wonder they call it "Lovers walk".

Tree Lined Walks in Auckland Domain

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The Domain Wintergardens

There are lots of things you can see in Auckland Domain. There's the Domain Wintergardens, opened in 1913, which has two large glasshouses and you can see either temperate and tropical plants.

This is another really romantic place where you are surrounded by a great deal of flowers and trees.

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The Domain Wintergardens

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Inside one of the Glasshouses

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Temperate & Tropical Plants can be found in the glasshouses

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Duck Pond

Also, there is a duck pond which has a fountain in it, and that makes for happy ducks! Auckland Domain will surprise you at how big it is, and how many beautiful spots there are to just sit down and relax!

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Sit down, read a book

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Auckland Museum

The excellent Auckland Museum is also found within Auckland Domain. It will cost you a little bit of money to get in but it's well worth it. If you don't have the cash then just enjoy the stunning building and pay your respects at the War Memorial

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Auckland Museum

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Besides the beautiful surroundings, just having a walk in the park or chilling out from hectic city life is great (if you can call Auckland hectic that is), especially when it's a sunny day. I saw people sitting on the grass and reading books, and a few families having picnics and there was even a young girl celebrating her birthday in the middle of the park, decorating the space around them with colourful balloons.

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Auckland Domain, a huge park close to the CBD

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I had a wonderful picnic lunch in Auckland Domain, sitting on the green grass surrounded by the pink flowers, having a sandwich and reading a book. I could only hear the birds and feel the gentle wind blow my face. What a lovely afternoon I had.

How do I get to Auckland Domain and Auckland Museum?

By Foot: It'll take you around 15 minutes to get to Auckland Domain from Base Auckland, which is located right in the CBD. It's pretty easy to get there, just head through Albert Park and then follow Grafton Road.

By Bus: You can take the bus to Auckland Museum, which is on the far side of Auckland Domain which will take around 20-25 minutes.

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