Auckland Tours

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The Auckland region in New Zealand is simply beautiful. Land of idyllic islands and rolling green hills. Forever young – this is 100% pure Auckland – the home of hospitality, world-class wines, and superb cuisine. Experience the relaxed friendly pace of life, chat with the locals, and make yourself at home in this fascinating city of 1.7 million people.

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Experience Auckland Region

  • City of Sails-races, regattas, Louis Vuitton
  • Wonderful Waiterata Harbour & the Hauraki Gulf Islands
  • Bush walks and “black beaches” Gannets and golden sands
  • Farmer’s markets and boutique wineries

 

You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • See the city via the hop-on, hop-off bus
  • Climb Sky Tower (or take the lift) for stunning 360 degree views from our tallest tower – you can even jump off it!
  • Spin around the harbour in a jetboat
  • Get off the beaten track at Great Barrier Island – “a world within a world”
  • Join a dolphin and whale spotting safari
  • Reach for the stars at Stardome 3,500 brilliant stars in the night sky
  • Wine, dine, and watch the sun go down at a boutique vineyard on Waiheke Island

English is the common language in this multi-cultural city which is extremely proud of its Maori heritage. The Maori people are first thought
to have settled in the region 650 years ago. Visitors can experience live Maori cultural performances and re-live the history of the Maori people at Auckland Museum.

 Useful Auckland Region Resources

 

Auckland accommodation is easily available in the region and they are available at reasonable prices. So if you are looking for a holiday that’s relaxing but allows you some adventure, the place you are looking for is Auckland. It will keep you busy with its beauty and with all its fun outdoor activities. Go ahead and get and book yourself for a quick visit to Auckland soon, you will fall in love with the region, it is much more than what you imagine it to be.

The Best Tours & Day Trips from/in Auckland

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Afternoon Harbour Sailing Cruise

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Enjoy Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ onboard Pride of Auckland. Our relaxed sailing excursions offer a uniquely local Auckland experience within an intimate and engaging atmosphere. View the stunning city sights while sailing on the inner Waitemata Harbour The crew’s local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer Sail where the wind takes us while enjoying Auckland’s city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge. Sit back and relax or become the crew and help participate with the sailing experience Enjoy the afternoon on the water with your choice of fresh coffee, tea or a hot chocolate plus a delicious sweet treat #Optional Lunch Upgrade on 1pm sailing - Enjoy a picnic lunch box (catered for by award winning Kermadec Restaurant) and a hot drink, for an additional $15 per adult and $10 per child. Departs daily at 1pm only. (November-April). Departs Auckl....
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America’s Cup Sailing Experience

[wonderplugin_gallery id="50"] Join us for an unforgettable two-hour sailing — a unique opportunity to participate as a crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders, or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Two-hour America's Cup sailing experience: • Be an America's Cup 'grinder' or just sit back and relax • No sailing experience necessary • Sailings daily The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually, the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, NZL 40 and NZL 41 offer the unique opportunity for everyone to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines. Trip duration - Approx. 2 hours Departs from Viaduct Harbour - Daily BOOK NOW: https://www.exploregroup.co.nz/auckland/....
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Auckland Bridge Bungy

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Auckland is home to the worlds first harbour bridge Bungy Jump and is operated by the Bungy originals - AJ Hackett Bungy. As part of the Bungy experience you'll enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially-constructed and sensationally-suspended retro 'Bungy pod'. It's here you'll build up the courage to leap out over the Waitamata Harbour. Once airborne take time to enjoy the views of the harbour, that is if you can keep your eyes open long enough. There's a variety of Bungy options available with the optional 'water touch' being the favourite. We believe you won't be able to capture the true spirit of Auckland without giving this Bungy a go. Bungy Stats: • NZ's Only Ocean Touch • Equipped to offer EVERY Bungy option - ankle tie, harness jump or tandem! • Free Jump T-Shirt • Include Exclusive Access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge DURATION: Under an hour. REQUIREMENTS: Age: Minimum = 10 years Weigh....
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Auckland Bridge Climb

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Only AJ Hackett Bungy can offer you this level of access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge; and this is the one and only Bridge Climb in New Zealand, coming complete with your very own tour guide. Lasting for 1 1/2 hours, this climb will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views. Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable and easy-going experience while you enjoy Auckland to the fullest with 360 degree views from the summit. Climb Stats: • NZ's Only Bridge Climb • Extensive commentary • Exclusively guided • Experience Auckland's most magnificent view REQUIREMENTS: Age: Minimum = 7 years old Weight: Minimum = 35kg, Maximum = 150kg Height: Minimum = 120cm Pregnancy: Sorry ladies but once past the first trimester you can not take part in this activity. DURATION: 1.5 hours TRANSPORT: Bus departs from Maritime Museum (Viaduct Basin) at 8.55am, 11.2....
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Auckland City Highlights

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See first hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live in, as you join this half day tour around the central city and picturesque suburbs. Our journey begins with a short trip over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore before returning to the central city to visit Queen St and the Auckland Viaduct. We continue on through the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano to Parnell Village for our morning tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed in to a trendy shopping area featuring many boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Following this brief stop our tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. A memorial to the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the welfare state. Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park has panoramic....
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Auckland Harbour Cruise

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Cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and learn about the city's best-loved landmarks with full commentary from our knowledgeable crew. The cruise includes a FREE return trip to Devonport and a brief stopover at volcanic Rangitoto Island. Highlights includes views of the Harbour Bridge, the city skyline, Devonport’s historic naval base, Bean Rock Lighthouse and panoramic views of Rangitoto Island. Our crew will serve you with morning or afternoon tea (a hot drink and a muffin). On this cruise you'll have the opportunity to stopover at Rangitoto Island and experience its unique volcanic terrain first hand. Your free return ticket to Devonport can be used whenever you like - it doesn't have to be the same day. Hop across the harbour to Auckland’s ‘marine suburb’ and spend some time exploring delightful shops, cafes and galleries. Departs daily at 10.30am & 1.30pm. ....
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Auckland Jet Boat Tours

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Auckland Jet Boat Tours is New Zealand’s best adventure tour and a must, on your list of things to do in Auckland! Join us at the Viaduct Harbour in the heart of Downtown Auckland for a breathtaking, 35-minute jet boat tour of the stunning Auckland City Coastline, Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Departing from the quayside of the Voyager New Zealand, Maritime Museum, in the Auckland Viaduct on a purpose-built, Twin 300HP, Jet Boat for 35 minutes of jet boating action. With plenty of breathtaking scenery mixed with a distinctly New Zealand-style, guided tour and commentary, you will be up close and personal to the Auckland City landscape and landmarks. The Auckland jet boat adventure combines high-speed thrills with jet boat maneuvers that include 180 and 270 degree spins with sweeping turns, as you travel up to an exhilarating 85 kilometres per hour! With amazing views of the Auckland City Skyline, and plenty of photo opportunitie....
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Bay of Islands Full Day Tour

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Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland with return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands. Our experienced local skippers will guide you through the beautiful clear waters aboard Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker. Our catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back....
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Best of Both World’s Tour

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This full day tour combines the Auckland City Revealed tour in the morning followed by the Wilderness Experience in the afternoon Auckland City Revealed Your morning city highlights tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. Wilderness Experience Only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman....
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Coast and Rainforest Walk

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Our full day excursion goes first to the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Continue further west with our knowledgeable and highly experienced guides to the wild and rugged west coast where you get to experience the isolation of the area. Our guides walk you through an area of Auckland’s coastal rainforest where they explain the local flora and fauna with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest. You then get the opportunity to stroll on an awe-inspiring beach and experience the uniqueness of the soft black sand and the clear ocean breeze. This special day includes a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location. Your j....
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Dolphin & Whale Safari Cruise

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Travel aboard Dolphin Explorer into the expansive Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari from Viaduct Harbour. New Zealand Whale Watching encounters 75% on our trips. See dolphins on 90% of our trips. We offer a viewing guarantee (conditions apply). The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is a biologically and geographically diverse maritime national park. Over 25 of the 37 southern hemisphere marine mammals have been identified in this marine park, making up almost a third of the world’s population of species. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and travel aboard Dolphin Explorer into the expansive Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand Specifically designed for the sea conditions in this area Fully licensed bar and light snacks available for purchase Each trip is different, however all safaris offer: Dolph....
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Hobbiton Express Tour from Auckland

[wonderplugin_gallery id="58"]   Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to reach the fertile farmland of the Waikato region. During your journey, you will pass through the historic town of Cambridge where you can enjoy the English-style ambiance of tree-lined streets. As you approach Hobbiton Shire, you will be greeted by undulating green hills. Once you arrive at Shire’s Rest, you can start your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you can experience a movie set in a natural setting and get an emotional response from it. During the tour, you will get to see 37 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree, and visit the Green Dragon Inn. You'll also have the opportunity to take a photo at the door of Bilbo’s house, “Bag End” while enjoying the panoramic view of the whole set and the hills in the distance. After the tour, you can enjoy your lunch at Shire’s Res....
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Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World

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Opened in 1985, the original Underwater World was the vision of Kelly Tarlton - an extraordinary Kiwi adventurer, diver, explorer and inventor, who wanted to share his love of the ocean with others. Today, Kelly's vision has grown to become a world-class visitor attraction, offering a uniquely New Zealand Pacific and Southern oceans experience. Antarctic Encounter The Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to see the magnificent birds up close in their icy domain. A unique snowcat ride brings you within arms length of the 80-strong colony of King and Gentoo penguins to watch their playful antics on the snow and their elegant flight underwater. Underwater World Enter Stingray Bay for an awe-inspiring look at the giant stingrays, before delving deep into the Underwater World to see the rich variety of species from New Zealand’s co....
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Matakana Art & Wine Escape

Matakana Art & Wine Escape AUCKLAND Explore Auckland’s countryside, where art meets winemaking and a gastronomy that will move your senses. Journey 45 minutes north of Auckland where you’ll visit the amazing Sculptureum, a magical place where creativity meets inspiration. In this amazing collection of colourful sculptures from all over the world, you will visit the two outdoor sculpture gardens and six indoor art galleries. Then you will be taken to taste some of the local artisan chocolates while watching the chocolatiers creating The Chocolate art and enjoy a hot drink. Finally, you’ll experience wine tasting at two boutique vineyards or five beer tastings and a brewery tour. Includes snacks, water and complimentary pick up/drop off from central Auckland accommodation. Duration: 6 hours.....
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Matakana Island Guided Tour

Great Taste of Matakana

Matakana Island                           Charming Matakana lies just one hour north of Auckland but feels a world away. Your small group guided tour stops at the Warkworth Honey Centre home to New Zealand's largest display of live bees and offering a huge range of honeys for tasting.

Brick Bay Winery

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Pride of Auckland – Dinner Cruise

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A dinner cruise with tasty New Zealand fare including some traditional Kiwi favourites at one of the best times of the day to experience Auckland's magnificent harbour.

Enjoy great sailing and, as the sun sets, watch the lights of this photogenic city come alive
Your experienced crew will describe Auckland’s unique sights and those wishing to participate in the sailing can do so
Choose from a set menu served by the crew during the dinner stop at our sheltered mooring
Cash bar onboard

Departs from Viaduct Harbour - 6.00pm

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Sky Tower Entry

 

A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or SkyJump off the Tower! - Not included in entry price, please ask your Kiwiway consultant for further detailsont SkyWalk and SkyJump

Sky Tower is one of New Zealand's most exhilarating and spectacular tourist attractions, you will be amazed at what you can see and do under one roof.

Opening hours
Sunday - Thursday 8.30am - 10.30pm / Friday & Saturday 8.30am - 11.30pm

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Wilderness Experience Tour

 

Only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees.

Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

Runs every day (except Christmas Day) 12.30pm –....

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Wine on Waiheke

 

Wine on Waiheke is a deluxe vineyard tour combining world class wine set against the backdrop of stunning Waiheke Island. You'll be transported by luxury coach travel to enjoy premium tastings at three of Waiheke’s finest vineyards. Mudbrick Vineyard, Ridgeview Estate, Te Whau Vineyard

Your tour concludes by transporting you back to Matiatia Wharf. Tours will depart from the Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal, Wednesday - Sunday at 1pm (departs Devonport at approximately 1.10pm). No tours Christmas Day, Good Friday or Anzac Day.

The duration of the tour is 4½ hours, including ferry travel to and from the island. However you may wish to extend your stay and take advantage of the All Day Bus Pass.

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