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Auckland Ecotourism

Our most recommended Auckland Ecotourism

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

1. Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport, and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper, gained from 15 years of running trips daily in the area.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

2. Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

Auckland: Sunset & Night Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island

3. Auckland: Sunset & Night Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island

Kayak out to beautiful Rangitoto Island while the afternoon sun is slowly setting over Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges. Meet at the free pick-up point in Auckland. Then paddle out to Rangitoto Island in the setting sun. Once at the island, pull your kayak up to Rangitoto Wharf before embarking on a 1-hour, leisurely walk to the summit. From the top of the island you will be treated to the best sunset location Auckland has to offer. Enjoy a BBQ dinner while enjoying the stunning North Island views. Under the guidance of your kayak tour guide, paddle back to Auckland in the dark, watching the twinkling city lights of New Zealand's largest city getting closer and closer. Perfect for first-time kayakers as well as those more experienced, this unique, guided tour includes instruction, and a great, unique experience of Auckland.

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

4. Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

A 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, a ridge of hills separating Auckland from its surf-fringed west coast. Here the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the soft, black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues with an easy walk in the lush rainforest where native birdsong fills the air as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Because New Zealand has been cut off for millions of years from the rest of the world, it has evolved its own unique flora and fauna. Seventy percent of our native plants are found nowhere else in the world.

From Auckland: Small Group Kumeu Wine Tour with Lunch

5. From Auckland: Small Group Kumeu Wine Tour with Lunch

Embark on a wine tasting tour and learn the history of the area which dates back to the 1930s when families of Croatian origin established winemaking in the area. Passed on from generation to generation, these families still make some of New Zealand's most renowned wines today. Alongside a wine tasting, you will enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery of the area. On the first stop of the tour, you will taste the richly flavored wines from the award-winning Soljans vineyard. Enjoy your lunch break at Soljans winery restaurant which serves Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist made from the fresh seasonal produce of the region.  Next, tempt your taste buds at Coopers Creek, who offer an extensive range of wines for every unique taste and occasion. Your journey then takes you to one of the few mainland gannet nesting sites in the world situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Tasman Sea. Here you get a close-up of gannet behavior without disturbing their environment. Enjoy the views that extend for miles along with the wild, black, iron sand beach of Muriwai. End the tour with a stop at West Brook Winery. The West Brook cellar door looks across an idyllic duck pond and terraced picnic area to row after row of vines. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins.

Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

6. Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

Experience the best of Auckland, discovering the city sights in the morning exploring the wilderness of the coast and mountains in the afternoon. After morning pick-up from your hotel, encounter the highlights of the city and its history as you learn how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on over fifty dormant volcanic cones and between two harbors, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. Spend the afternoon in the tranquillity of the Waitakere Ranges, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Arrive at the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rainforest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard.  With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, continue on to the lush rainforest to hear native birdsong as you walk along easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Head further west and 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. During the afternoon, enjoy a kiwi-style afternoon tea including biscuits and tea, coffee or juice. 

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with Lunch

7. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with Lunch

Tour includes return transport with full commentary from Auckland, entry and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, a tasty lunch, and a complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn.  Be picked up from your Auckland accommodation at 7 AM and travel down through the Waikato region. Your guide will share insights with you about the surrounding areas as well as the movie trilogies 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. On arrival at Shire’s Rest, your Hobbiton guide will greet you and take you on a magical journey to Middle Earth. Be immersed in the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of The Shire, at the home of the Hobbits!  Sample an exclusive specially brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn to conclude your adventure. Then enjoy lunch at the Shires Rest Cafe. In addition, you'll have a $10 souvenir voucher to spend at the Hobbiton gift shop. Afterwards, depart for Auckland to be dropped back to your accommodation at approximately 3:15 PM.

From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

8. 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.

Auckland City Small Group Morning Discovery Tour

9. Auckland City Small Group Morning Discovery Tour

Experience the best sights of Auckland City on a small group city tour. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights, plus see how Aucklanders live and play. After pick up from your central Auckland hotel, travel up Queen Street through Auckland’s central business district, past Auckland University, and through the inner city park 'The Domain'. Auckland is set on over fifty dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. Here you can stroll on a beautiful beach with views out across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island and where there is time for a coffee.  After a short drive through historic Devonport, continue up to the summit of Mount Victoria for stunning panoramic views of Auckland City and historic Devonport. Mount Victoria is Devonport's very own dormant volcano. Then, travel back over the Harbour Bridge to view Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. 

From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

10. From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

After pickup from your inner city Auckland accommodation, travel south over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your driver guide will provide commentary on the way to Hobbiton with insights into the areas you are travelling through, along with some background to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. On arrival at Shire’s Rest, embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. See 44 hobbit holes, the Mill, the double arch bridge, and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, whilst looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. Following your drink, you will be treated to a delicious buffet lunch at the The Green Dragon Party Marquee. There is time for shopping before your tour continues to Waitomo. On arrival in Waitomo, join a 45 minute guided tour of the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making. Enjoy the delicate cave formations and be wowed in the Cathedral, before taking the iconic boat ride through the glow worm grotto (subject to water levels). Marvel in silence at thousands of magical glow worms, which are unique to New Zealand, before exiting the cave. After your tour at Waitomo, return to Auckland. Enjoy an afternoon tea stop on the way, at your own expense.

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4.8 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Wonderful experience getting to know the surrounding Auckland area. During the tour there was a fountain of information shared with us regarding the native history of the Maori tribes. Highly recommended!

Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The tour covered a good chuck of Auckland and the West Coast and it was great to learn so much about the area.

We were lucky enough to see whales and dolphins. It was an extremely successful trip.

Brilliant tour and two very knowledgeable guides Jason and Jan. Thanks so much.

Great experience, easy to work with. Would recommend!