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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

1. 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 your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn. After your LOTR experience, it’s time to head west towards the stunning Waitomo region. Along the way admire the incredible hydro dams, beautiful farmland, race horses and the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand. Before arriving at the caves, stop by Waitomo homestead for lunch, and a little surprise too. Once in Waitomo, explore the ancient and amazing caves and marvel at the many cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites, and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm Grotto experience. Board your glow-worm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveler. On the guided trip back to Auckland the sights continue with New Zealand's longest river, Huntly power station and the Maori Queens’ burial site.

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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

2. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. Experience the underwater world built by the famous diver and explorer Kelly Tarlton over 30 years ago. The Aquarium remains one of Auckland's leading attractions. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium is just a 10-minute drive (6 km/3.7 mi) from downtown Auckland. See the cool and calm king penguins and cheeky gentoos interact and swim past as you walk through the Penguin Ice Adventure exhibit.  Touch a starfish or two at our Rockpool. Learn about our turtle rehabilitation program. Stand in awe underneath the Shark Tunnel as great sand tiger sharks, giant stingrays swim past and try find the hiding carpet shark Wobbegong. Explore Seahorse Kingdom to see the world's only public display of the rarely seen spiny sea dragons.

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Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

3. Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

Explore Auckland with an experienced New Zealand driver/guide on a multi-award-winning tour. Enjoy the company of a small, personalized group, allowing you to stop often for stunning photos and to access the best vantage spots that larger buses can't reach. The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD in the morning. Head to see the stunning attractions and unspoiled scenery of the City of Sails, as Auckland is affectionately known. There are plenty of opportunities to capture amazing photos that you will treasure for a lifetime. The tour stops at the major highlights of the city, including Auckland Harbor Bridge, Devonport and North Head (Maungauika), Auckland Waterfront and Viaduct, Bastion Point, Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive and Achilles Point, and the Historic Mount Eden. Check out the amazing gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, the fabulous Auckland Domain, Museum, and Wintergardens, Parnell, the 1857 historic Riverhead Tavern, as well as the War Memorial, Wynyard Quarter, and the Viaduct Harbor. Your fun and friendly tour guide will offer commentary on the breathtaking scenery and take you out of the concrete jungle and into the stunning landscapes that surround the city. When the tour ends in the afternoon, you'll leave Auckland with a day you'll never forget.

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Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

4. Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

Your half-day tour through Auckland’s indigenous culture begins with morning pickup from Auckland CBD. The first stop on your tour of New Zealand’s most bustling city is Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, more commonly known as Bastion Point, the site of significant Maori protests against intrusion onto their land by European settlers.  Afterwards, head off towards the volcanic vistas of One Tree Hill, which has significance as a Maori memorial site, and to the Wintergardens, a complex of heated gardens which date back over 100 years. Your sightseeing caps off with a visit to the Mt. Eden Volcano, the city’s most significant volcanic cone, where you’ll get unmatched views of the city and harbor. All the while, your guide will help you to understand Maori history, even teaching you some Maori sayings along the way. The last stop of your tour is at the Auckland Museum, where you’ll see a famous Haka, or traditional Maori war dance, and even get the opportunity to try a Maori temporary tattoo. Learn about traditional Maori games and instruments before heading back to your accommodation.

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Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

5. 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 Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

6. Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Auckland’s sparkling harbor is considered the jewel in the crown, but the city’s beating heart lies in its back streets, local cafés and hidden parks that most visitors miss. Uncover tucked-away gems such as the city’s theater precinct and vintage shopping venues. There is sure to be something for everyone on this 2.5 hour guided walk. Your small-group tour starts downtown with the historic bustle of Queen Street. After a brief Maori greeting, you guide will lead you off the beaten track. Traversing hidden lanes you’ll pass heritage buildings, sculptures and temples of high fashion to emerge at an early Maori fortress and volcanic park brimming with military secrets. Learn about Auckland’s early Maori history and its European colonization, then pause to admire the city’s world-renowned Art Gallery. A short ride on a local bus uptown will take you to a unique neighborhood that stands in contrast with the busy city below. Take a walk through a grand old arcade loved by locals and browse the wares of local shop owners. A gentle downhill stroll through a tree-filled valley reveals the city’s thriving theater district and the Auckland Town Hall, home to the Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s here on upper Queen Street that the guided tour ends. Your tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring a more personal Kiwi encounter.

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Auckland: Segway Tour to Mount Victoria

7. Auckland: Segway Tour to Mount Victoria

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. Begin the tour by riding along the waterfront and the grassy slopes to practice riding over different terrain. Enjoy some free riding time in a local park before venturing through the back streets to Cambria Reserve. Cambria Reserve is the location of an old quarry now planted out to make the perfect park. At times, see trees full of the native bird, the Tui, enjoying nectar from the trees. Stop at points of interest to learn the history and local anecdotes from the tour guide.  After exploring Cambria Reserve, glide on a Segway to the summit of Mount Victoria/Takarunga, the highest volcanic cone on Auckland's North Shore. Enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit. Before European settlement, this volcanic cone was a Maori Pa Site, a fortified village where the Maori made their home. In the 1880s, European settlers transformed it into a fort to protect Auckland against enemy invasion. With such a great view, there's time for photos and some fun among the iconic mushrooms.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 82 reviews

What a fantastic experience. Pick up was punctual at 8.10am. David our tour guide and driver was very welcoming. Our 8 hour tour gave us a very comprehensive overview of Auckland city and it’s surrounds. We covered approximately 200klm so we certainly got to see and learn so much about the area. David’s local knowledge was excellent and delivered with humour

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!

Michael was great. He had a lot of local knowledge and he made it all such fun. He also had a special knack to accommodate every member of the travelling team, though his work was not made easy at all due to language and other issues making it a really diverse group

We had a fantastic time. Mike was so full of knowledge and went out of his way to ensure we had a great time. Would definately highly recommend this tour.

It was a amazing experience & tour was planned very well. No rush at all and we had enough time to enjoy the places...