Wynyard Quarter has become a go-to holiday spot for our family. We probably travel to Auckland about twice a year, and naturally we try to cram as much in as we can. WQ has appeal both in terms of what it gives, and how little it takes. There are so many pretty spots to rest in, and plenty of space to play (the playground is quite beautiful), and of course there is so much to take in, visually. It's pretty spectacular.
It's also free, and the parking (next to Silo Park) is accessible and cheap (and depending on the length of your stay - free). So really, win-win. The perfect place to stretch legs and catch a breath of salty air.
During this visit there were free outdoor activities (see above) and a pop-up book swap library. So, so cool.