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Leigh: Goat Island Guided Snorkeling Tour for Beginners

1. Leigh: Goat Island Guided Snorkeling Tour for Beginners

Begin your tour by meeting the team at the Goat Island Dive and Snorkel Center. Here, your friendly staff will get you kitted up with a mask, snorkel, fins, and a wetsuit. You will then drive in your own vehicle 2 miles (3km) to the Goat Island Marine Reserve, where you will meet with your snorkel instructor. Learn about the history of Goat Island and the marine life you are likely to meet at New Zealand's first marine reserve. The experience starts with an introduction to using the equipment and some snorkeling and swimming techniques. Before jumping in you'll receive a full, thorough safety briefing. Everyone will make their way to the water.  The group will stay in shallow waters while getting used to the equipment and the strange sensation of breathing while looking around underwater. Once everyone is feeling confident and comfortable, the group will make their way out to sea to continue the adventure. After the tour, you will be able to use the equipment for the remainder of the day to carry on exploring at your own pace. You will be part of a natural aquarium, with many varieties of colorful fish and marine life including Blue Maomao, Snapper, Eagle and Sting Rays, Blue Cod, Octopus, Kahawai, as well as Crayfish. Sometimes Dolphins or Orca visit the reserve and will often play with the snorkelers.

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From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

2. From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

First, enjoy the 90-minute drive to the charming town of Thames, where you will take a short break. Then, hit the road again and take in the spectacular views along New Zealand’s west coast. You will then stop in at the Coromandel Township where the renowned potter, Barry Brickell, had his studio. Ride on his personally designed mountain railway system, on a memorable journey through the rugged landscape. Next, stop for a quiet stroll in pristine rainforest and see some magnificent kauri trees, which once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. The journey continues across the mountain divide and descends towards the east coast beaches where you will stop for lunch. Visit the amazing Hot Water Beach, where hot water bubbles to the surface of the sand. Dig your own hot tub right next to the lapping waves.   Then, visit Cathedral Cove, where the water washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. Next, take the 30-minute downhill walk to the beautiful beach, which was featured in the Chronicles of Narnia.   End the day enjoy the landscape during the return journey to Auckland, as you head over the hills along a different route.

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Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

3. Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

Embark on an adventure and go on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland Tour. See the top attractions of Auckland on this scenic full-day tour. Drive along Tamaki Drive in an air-conditioned Mercedes with one of the guides renowned for their knowledge. Discover the quaint village of Devonport, Mission Bay, and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360-degree views. See North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City and the Inner Harbour. You will also witness Auckland's highest volcano, historic Mount Eden. Admire native birdlife at Muriwai and the spectacular rugged coastline with black sand beaches. Sip fine wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail. Visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum, and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery.  Enjoy our historic lunch stop in Riverhead. Marvel at the surroundings while traveling into the lush countryside.

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From Leigh: Goat Island Introductory Diving Experience

4. From Leigh: Goat Island Introductory Diving Experience

Experience the perfect way to try diving for the first time on a half-day trip from Lehin to Goat Island. Learn the basics of diving with expert instructors, practice breathing and diving techniques, and set off to discover a beautiful underwater world. Begin with a class theory lesson where you will learn about the equipment and safety of diving and get fitted into your gear. Once at the dive site, do a final check with your instructor who will make sure you're feeling ready for the dive. In shallow water, learn how to breathe and how to use the equipment. Become comfortable with safety skills before heading to deeper water to explore the colorful marine life and unique seascapes.

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From Auckland: Coromandel Peninsula Full-Day Tour

5. From Auckland: Coromandel Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Explore the pristine white-sand beaches, lush native forests, and breathtaking natural formations of the Coromandel Peninsula on a full-day tour from Auckland. Hike through beautiful forest to the rugged coastline and marvel at the views of Cathedral Cove. Get up close to this cathedral-like arched cavern, featured in the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Dig your own shallow thermal pool in the tidal area of the beach and let yourself soak in a 60-degree bath on Hot Water Beach. Marvel at the spectacular views and the ever-changing landscape and stop en route to take magical photos. Travel throughout in air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle, on a small group tour and accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Make full use of your day as you hike, soak and swim and explore Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove.

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Auckland: Coromandel, Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour

6. Auckland: Coromandel, Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour

Begin the tour with a pick-up from your hotel in a comfortable minibus equipped with WiFi, charging ports, and onscreen entertainment. Be taken on a scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside as you head to the incredible Coromandel Peninsula. Head to your first stop, Cathedral Cove, a spot featured in the film the Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand's most famous and beautiful beaches, and is a must-do activity for any visitor to New Zealand. As there are no roads to this beach, take a 40-minute bush walk to get there. Upon arrival, take some time to relax, sunbathe, swim, play sport, or just soak in the spectacular views. Later, enjoy time for lunch at a restaurant where you can try some local food, and can even have a beer if you choose (food and drinks not included). Continue to your next stop, the famous Hot Water Beach, where you can dig a hole in the sand to create a naturally-heated geothermal water bath. Finally, it's time to make your way back to Auckland, but not without stopping for a quick ice-cream and some more photos.

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Auckland: Beach Horse Riding and Wine Tasting Tour

7. Auckland: Beach Horse Riding and Wine Tasting Tour

This great escape heading north out of busy Auckland starts with your local tour guide picking you up from central Auckland, then traveling through the scenic roads in a luxury, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan towards your first destination. On arrival at the horse riding base, meet your tour instructor and horse. The guide will then explain health and safety and the basics of riding your horse. Let the fun begin and enjoy one hour of horse riding along one of New Zealand's most pristine beaches. After returning from your horse ride, your driver-guide will take you to discover a lovely art trail between the vines and taste some of New Zealand’s Luxurious Wines. The trail is just a short walk but you can take your time. Once you finish the wine tasting your guide will take you back to downtown Auckland.

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Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

8. Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

Meet your instructor at the Ferry Ticket Office in the Devonport Ferry Terminal. Sign in, store any bags you want to leave behind and have a helmet fitted. If you haven't ridden before do some training on various terrains which will have you confident to start the tour. Ride around the Devonport waterfront to admire the Victorian villas, lava flows, the local Yacht club and the inner-city beaches on the way to exploring the North Head Reserve. Enjoy some photo opportunities as North Head comes into view, Make a stop with your tour guide to hear about the history of the area. Then glide to the Summit of North Head Volcanic Cone. Get fantastic panoramic views of the region from the summit. Park your Segway and take a walk through the labyrinth of tunnels to see the disappearing gun, and learn about the secret communication pipes. Exit through the naturally occurring cave of the volcano as you make your way back to pick up your Segway for the next part of the tour. Ride along the beaches and the parks before passing through the streets of Devonport village. Travel into the Cambria Reserve, Devonport's best-kept secret, before returning to the starting point.

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Auckland: Wild West Coast And Black Sand Beaches Tour

9. Auckland: Wild West Coast And Black Sand Beaches Tour

The day's itinerary: 1. Auckland Sky Tower Departing from the famous landmark of the Auckland Sky Tower, the west coast adventure begins with a guided tour out of the city centre over the famous Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. You then head west towards the affluent areas of Coatesville, Kumeu and Riverhead. While on this journey your guides will point out all the main attractions and tell stories about the area along the way. 2. Hallertau Brewery Arriving at the craft beer brewery Hallertau, you will be treated to a delicious lunch of your choice from a special set menu. Following lunch, you have the opportunity to taste some of Hallertau’s winning craft beers before continuing your day. 3. Muriwai Beach A short drive from the brewery you arrive at the wild west coast black sand beach of Muriwai. Exploring this area, you will be amazed by the rugged coastline, unique black sand and the feel of raw natural power that surrounds the area. 4. Muriwai Gannet Colony Walking up the hill from the beach not only will you be treated to amazing views but also have the chance to see the largest mainland gannet colony on the North Island. Getting this close to these impressive ocean mastering birds is a special experience. (Bird numbers vary at different times of the year). 5. Auckland City After a great afternoon exploring Auckland’s West Coast, it is time to head back to the city with a fully guided return trip dropping off at city central locations and hotels.

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Auckland: Devonport Village Segway Tour

10. Auckland: Devonport Village Segway Tour

Meet your instructor at the Ferry Ticket Office in the Devonport Ferry Terminal. Sign in, store any bags you want to leave behind and have a helmet fitted. Then it's out to Victoria Wharf for a safety briefing and to either refresh your Segway riding skills or learn from the beginning. Enjoy plenty of time to practice before beginning your tour. Ride around the Devonport Waterfront to enjoy the views and have more training on some gentle inclines and over some rough terrain to improve your confidence on the Segway. Pass by ancient lava flows, the local yacht club, historic taverns, buildings, and beautifully restored Victorian villas as you make your way to Cheltenham Beach. Take in the view of the Hauraki Gulf and the many islands including Rangitoto the oldest volcanic cone in the region. Glide effortlessly up the hills so you can get the spectacular views of Auckland city.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Pauline our guide was excellent. I had never been on a Segway before but with Pauline's expert guidance we were soon whizzing about like pros. If you are ever in Auckland book yourself a tour you won't be disappointed.

Absolutely the best experience we had in Davenport. Amazing guide and very informative. We enjoyed it so much we contemplated booking again for the next day!!

Absolutely recommended!!!

I really enjoyed the history lesson of the picturesque Davenport while having a blast on the segway.

Just myself and my guide. She was lovely. Very informative and great way to see the town.