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  • Auckland Self-Guided Audio Tour

    1. Auckland Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy stunning Auckland which sits atop an area with 50 plus dormant volcanoes! This action packed audio tour will lead you around the vibrant city where you'll learn about its colonial occupation, and its history with the Māori people. You’ll be able to enjoy views from the top of the iconic Sky Tower and visit the local favorite Albert Park. You'll also see St Mathews in the City, the Civic Theater, Aotea Square, Myers Park, St Kevin's Arcade, Baptist Tabernacle, the Descending Pohutakawa, Khartoum Place (Women's Suffrage), and the Art Gallery. In Albert Park, you'll be able to see the Second Boer War Memorial with the Sir George Grey Statue, Alfred Nathan House, the Clock Tower Building, the Old Government House, Maclaurin Chapel and University House. This is a fairly long tou...

  • Waiheke Island: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

    2. Waiheke Island: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

    Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay on Waiheke Island, starting from and returning to the ferry terminal. Once you meet your guide at the terminal, begin the hike along the headland track around the Matiatia Headland and past Owhanake Bay. The hike will take approximately 2 hours. On your way around the headland, enjoy beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island, and the Coromandel. Spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins. Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life. Stop for lunch at Oneroa Village or enjoy a picnic on the beach. After lunch, walk to the Pio Rehutai Reserve and around the Church Bay headland through a sculpture park and a stunning bush reserve. Stroll past amazing homes, and picturesque ocean views. After approximately 2 ho...

    Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.

  • Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    3. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    I went with my mum & partner to Hobbiton & Waitomo. We had Michael for our tour & he was so generous & full of knowledge about everything & anything. Also such a great conversationalist . Highly recommend, would love to be on another tour with him. Thank you for a great day out!

  • Sky Tower Auckland: General Admission Ticket

    4. Sky Tower Auckland: General Admission Ticket

    An icon of Auckland's skyline, the Sky Tower stands tall at 328 meters. Your ticket includes access to all 3 viewing platforms: The Sky Deck at 220 meters, the Main Observation level at 186 meters and the Sky Café at 182 meters. If dining with a view is what you're after, there are 3 eateries to choose from: The Orbit 360˚ revolving restaurant, the chic and elegant venue known as The Sugar Club and the Sky Café. At the base of the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex features 2 world-class hotels, Auckland's premier dining precinct with over 20 bars and restaurants, a 700-seat theater and a world-class casino.

    I enjoyed it, but has I have visited some other TV towers, e.g in Toronto nothing very special. It was nice in the evening as the city was well lit.

  • Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

    5. Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    Our guide, Grant, was so full of knowledge!! He not only drove the van, but also was the tour guide. Because we were such a small group, he gave us a lot of individual attention. He was funny, and as hands-on, or hands-off, as we wanted him to be. We had a great time

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

    6. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

    Enjoy the magic of Middle Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set and delight in Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Village in Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland. Travel in comfort with a small group and an experienced local guide in a late-model Mercedes or a similarly configured the vehicle to provide extra leg room and space for your comfort.  After the pick-up from your hotel, journey through gorgeous Waikato scenery to Hobbiton. On arrival, set off on an official 2-hour guided tour through the picturesque twelve-acre site. Learn fascinating details of how a beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. At the end of your tour, savor a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Climb back into the vehicle for the 55-minute drive to Rotorua. Arrive at Te Puia Maori Village where you will have a freshly prepared hangi lunch featuring traditional Maori ...

    Awesome tour for both. Drivers were amazing made the whole tour a seamless experience.

  • From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    7. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cav...

    Hobbiton was much larger than expected and the tour did not disappoint! Tubing through the gloworms at Waitomo was a great way to see them. The cave river is definitely cold but worth it. Nothing too scary or difficult! The pick up in Royorua and drop off in Auckland was perfect for us! Anne our driver was very knowledgeable about the area even with the detours for roadworks.

  • Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour & Activity Add-Ons

    8. Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour & Activity Add-Ons

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Rotorua. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. As you drive, pass through the pass through the unique town of Tirau, the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade. Upon arrival in Rotorua, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here enjoy the option to add on up to two of Rotorua's most popular activities and attractions (additional cost). Please add on the activities or attractions you woul...

    One of the best travel experiences I had. Simon, the tour guide, was fantastic, knew everything about the different spots visited and was very friendly.

  • New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    9. New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Wellington and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua. Travel along the breathtaking Kapiti Coast, through the city of Palmerston North, and alongside the Central Plateau, home to several active volcanoes. The drive also takes you past the stunning Lake Taupo before arriving in Rotorua in the late afternoon. Get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel, and then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next,...

  • Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

    10. Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

    Embark on a city express tour for a personalised 3-hour experience. See twice as much in half the time as your local kiwi guides will show you what makes the city of Auckland so special.  Enjoy an intimate Kiwi experience as you discover Auckland’s eateries, volcanoes, visit a working farm, and explore beautiful gardens. Learn about Maori culture and settler history from your experienced guide. Gain local knowledge on the best of Auckland’s shopping, cuisine, and sights.  Your tour will take you up to Bastion Point to admire the beautiful harbor views. See some of the glamorous houses on Paratai Drive. Visit beautiful One Tree Hill and see a working farm. See fantastic Auckland views from the heights of the dormant Mt. Eden volcano. Visit the Auckland Domain and experience the exquisite Wintergardens. Drive through the historic Parnell village and see the historic Holy Trinity Church. ...

    Found it very informative and a must do for anyone wanting a good tour around Auckland city.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 259 reviews

I have lived in Auckland mt entire life and I learnt more in the 45 minutes then in a long time. The guide was both humorous and informative and made us feel at ease. This was also a great price point which meant I could take 4 others with me. I would recommend this to anyone

Found it very informative and a must do for anyone wanting a good tour around Auckland city.

Awesome tour for both. Drivers were amazing made the whole tour a seamless experience.

Karen was an awesome tour guide, full of knowledge and really enjoyable company!

I went early and had the place almost to myself for half an hour.