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Auckland Luxury experiences

Our most recommended Auckland Luxury experiences

From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

1. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

Travel in comfort in a luxury Mercedes van from Auckland to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Your trip begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland. Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with stops for photos en route.  On arrival, spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. At the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set visit, head back to Auckland along the scenic roads of Waikato, arriving at approximately 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine and Food Tasting with Flights

2. Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine and Food Tasting with Flights

Board your flight from Ardmore Aerodrome and enjoy views of the beautiful scenery and local landmarks before arriving at Waiheke Island. Adjacent to the airfield is the Batch Winery, where you can sit back, unwind and enjoy the luxurious surroundings. A fabulous 3-course meal and premium wine tasting will be served while overlooking the vineyards and views of Auckland from the highest point on the Island. Your driver will show you the beautiful island landscape while driving back to the ferry terminal, on your way back to downtown Auckland. With lots of tranquil waters and white sandy beaches surrounding you, this unique experience will surpass your expectations.

Auckland City & West Coast Luxury Tour

3. Auckland City & West Coast Luxury Tour

Enjoy spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, several ancient volcanoes in the Auckland isthmus, untamed coastline, black and golden sand beaches, subtropical rainforest with the famous Kauri trees and unique indigenous flora and fauna. This tour will show you why Auckland is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Drive through Auckland Domain and see some of New Zealand’s most beautiful buildings, including Auckland Museum. Continue with a drive through the suburb of Parnell, restored in the old colonial style and with many beautiful mansions. Along the waterfront of Tamaki Drive, view several of Auckland’s stunning beaches. These are just some of the main highlights. From 09:00 to the end of the day, your tour aims to show you as much of Auckland and in as much detail as possible.

Auckland: Horse Riding and Wine Tasting Tour

4. Auckland: Horse Riding and Wine Tasting Tour

This great escape heading 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. After returning from your horse ride, your driver-guide will take you to discover the vines and taste some of New Zealand’s Luxurious Wines. Once you finish the wine tasting your guide will take you back to downtown Auckland.

Luxury Auckland & West Coast Day Tour with Maori Guide

5. Luxury Auckland & West Coast Day Tour with Maori Guide

Enjoy a unique experience in Auckland and the surrounding area with award-winning TIME Unlimited Tours. Your guide for the day will be a local, highly knowledgeable Maori, who will be able to share the region’s indigenous history and culture from a personal perspective. Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city and home to a variety of cultures from across the Pacific. You’ll see the best that Auckland city and its West Coast have to offer on this tour. On the first segment of the tour you’ll visit Maungawhau. From the heights here you’ll have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. You’ll drive to colonial Parnell, and continue along the waterfront along Tamaki Drive. See the stunning beaches along Auckland's shoreline and Waitemata Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf, the mystical island volcano of Rangitoto, and the famous Harbour Bridge. Visit Devonport, a picturesque marine village with great cafés, boutiques, and stunning views of both Takarunga and Auckland city. The second part of the tour takes you to Auckland’s West Coast. See Titirangi, or the Fringe of Heaven, an artist enclave on Manukau Harbour, and stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre - the gateway to Auckland's West Coast. From here you’ll enjoy magnificent views over the Harbour. Further along the coast you’ll marvel at views of the soaring cliffs, take in incredible ocean vistas, the roaring surf, and the unique black sand beaches. Ancient native rainforests abound, where you’ll see the amazing kauri trees as well as pohutukawa trees with their crimson flowers.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Chris (driver/quide with Auckland and Beyond) was great! Got us there and back again in a timely manner with humor and care. Got to Hobbiton and it seemed everyone working there knew and liked him, from the other drivers to the guides showing us around the movie set. Highly recommend you continuing working with A&B in the future.

Touring Hobbiton was a unique experience. Despite the 2.5 hour transit each way, the tour was well worth the expenditure of time. The attention to detail of the setting and dwellings was impressive. Highly recommended for any fan of the LOTR series.

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!

A small group of 6 adults. We had a great guide in Sophie. She was entertaining, knowledgeable, a great driver and a kind considerate person

great experience, Simon is a nice person and a good driver