Auckland Attractions

Whether you are interested in learning about Maori culture, visiting one of the many beaches, relaxing in the natural thermal hot pools or jumping off the Sky Tower, Auckland has something for everyone.



Auckland is surrounded by some amazing beaches and there are lots of beautiful places to relax with friends. Mairangi Bay and Browns Bay are the closest beaches to Rangitoto College. Students particularly like Browns Bay because of the shops, cafes and large park next to the beach.The east coast beaches near the school have white sand and small waves, making them perfect for swimming, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.

 Auckland Beaches


The Sky Tower

Auckland’s Sky Tower is 328 metres tall and has amazing views of Auckland. If you are brave, you can walk on the glass floor and look down to the little cars below you. If you are really brave, you can do the sky jump!

The Sky Tower 


Kelly Tarlton's

Auckland’s aquarium is a great place to see over 80 different species, including penguins, sharks and stingrays. You can also see what life was like for some of the first explorers in Antarctica!

Kelly Tarltons Underwater World 


Rainbow’s End

Visit Rainbow’s End for a fun day out with friends. It is New Zealand's only theme park and has some great rides, including a roller coaster, log flume and much more!

Rainbows End Theme Park


Waiwera Hot Pools

Waiwera Hot Pools are approximately 25 minutes from Rangitoto College. Relax in the natural thermal waters, play on the waterslides or watch a movie in the Movie Pool.

Waiwera Thermal Hot Pools


Auckland Zoo

See the kiwis, giraffes, lions, birds and other amazing animals at the Auckland Zoo. Near the Zoo there is a lovely park called Western Springs, where you can feed the ducks.

Auckland Zoo


Auckland Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum has excellent exhibitions and interactive displays. You can see a Maori show with traditional singing and dancing and learn more about New Zealand history.

Auckland Museum 


Skiing and Snowboarding

You don’t need a mountain to practice skiing or snowboarding! Visit Snowplanet - Auckland's indoor snow park in Silverdale, only 20 minutes north of Rangitoto College.



Farm Visit

Are you interested in visiting a kiwi farmyard and seeing sheep, cows and horses? There are a couple of places in Auckland you can visit which are about 45min from the city centre.

Kiwi Valley

Sheep World


Rangitoto Island

Visit the island you can see from school! It takes about ten minutes to get to Rangitoto Island from downtown Auckland by ferry and about one hour to walk to the top. Nobody lives on Rangitoto Island because it is a nature reserve. Take your lunch and have a picnic at the top of the volcano!

Rangitoto Island


Mt Eden

Climb up Mt Eden for excellent views of the city. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the top and it is a great place for a picnic.

Mt Eden


Mountain biking

Hire a bike and cycle through the forest on over 100km of purpose-built track.

Woodhill Mountain Bike Park


Concerts, Shows, Sports Events

Find and buy tickets for concerts, sports, arts, theatre, shows & family events at these websites.





You can join a sailing club and learn how to sail an optimist sailing boat.

Murrays Bay Sailing Club 


Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boards (SUPs) are a fun way to spend time on the water. You stand on a large steady board and paddle yourself around with an oar. You can rent SUPs from Stand Up Takapuna and have a lesson on Takapuna Beach.

Stand Up Takapuna



Surfing is popular with our male and female students and we can organise day trips as well as some great surf camps and trips during the year.

Muriwai Surf School



Students over 16 can hire kayaks at Ferg's Kayaks in Okahu Bay, which is close to Mission Bay. Lessons are also available.

Ferg's Kayaks



You can hire indoor and outdoor courts in Albany, not far from school.

Tennis Northern


Table Tennis

North Harbour Table Tennis Association - located in Northcote. Join the club or casual hire available.

North Harbour Table Tennis Association



Harbour Badminton have a social after-school badminton session for teenagers, and you can also hire courts.

Harbour Badminton


Kick boxing

Kick boxing is a great way to keep fit, and there are classes close to school in Browns Bay.

North Shore Kickboxing


Indoor Sports – YMCA

At the YMCA North Shore there is a variety of sports teams that you can either join or play with a group of friends and hire the facilities. These include basketball, netball, indoor soccer, volleyball, soccer, badminton and lots more. Our indoor stadium means we can offer them all year round! You can book courts on a casual basis, just contact for more details.

YMCA North Shore


Sky Diving

Are you brave enough to try sky diving? Sky Dive Auckland is located about 40 min north of Auckland City Centre. Make sure you have your parent’s written permission first!

Sky Dive Auckland



If you like dancing, there are several dance studios on the North Shore that offer fun dance classes. There are lots of different styles to choose from, including hip-hop, ballroom, latin and ballet!

Ucan2 Dance Studio

North Shore Dance Centre                                     

Limelight Dance Studios


Harbour Cruises

You can get a ferry to beautiful islands not far from Auckland City, such as Rangitoto (where we get our name), Tiritiri Matangi (a bird sanctuary) and Waiheke Island (lovely beaches and villages).

360 Discover Cruises                  


Kite surfing

Kite surfing is similar to windsurfing but you use a kite instead of a sail. Wing and Waves offer kite surfing lessons, and they are based in Bayswater on Auckland's North Shore.

Wings and Waves


Horse Riding

There are a few places where you can go horse riding around Auckland. They are all between 20-45min away from Auckland city.

Pakiri Beach Horse Rides



New Zealand is one of the cheapest countries in the world to play golf, with the average cost of a round being $25. With over 380 golf courses in New Zealand, many in beautiful locations overlooking the ocean, New Zealand has a lot to offer golf enthusiasts.

Auckland Golf


Shopping in Auckland

Students enjoy shopping at Browns Bay next to the beach and at Albany Westfield Shopping Centre, which is one of the newest and largest shopping malls in New Zealand. Downtown Auckland has an extensive selection of international and local shops and students enjoy the many night markets and weekend markets nearby.

Rangitoto College is located only a short distance from some beautiful beaches, Browns Bay and Mairangi Bay. Students enjoy speding time in the cafes, restaurants and shops next to the park and beach.