One of the main parks of central Auckland, Albert Park is both north and west of the Auckland University campus, and has seen the transformation from a Maori village to a military barracks to the open space and cultural iconography that it is know for today. There are flower gardens and a handful of statues and memorials within the park limits, while the centerpiece is the Victorian fountain at its heart. For the so inclined, the Albert Park House displays a pretty basic collection of ceramics and clocks, while the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki at the southwest corner of the park is worth a look as the best collection of works in the city. Hardly a mind-blowing adventure-center, Albert Park is a quality chance to see a bit of nature preserved in what can be a very concrete-and-glass sort of city. Sometimes that's just what you need.