Auckland Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Auckland Neighborhood tours

Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour & Activity Add-Ons

1. 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 would like to include during the booking process. Maybe head to the famous geothermal park and Maori cultural village of Te Puia, bathe in the geothermal waters of the Polynesian Spa, experience some farm culture at the Agrodome Sheep Show, or ride the gondola at Skyline! Or you can simply choose to explore the city at your own pace before your return to Auckland.

Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

2. Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

Join this award-winning sightseeing tour to see as much of Auckland as possible in 4 hours. Make the most of your time with convenient pickup and drop-off from all central Auckland hotels with a maximum of 14 people per tour to guarantee a personal and comfortable experience. Travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and take in 360-degree views of the city on your way to the North Shore of Auckland. Explore Devonport, arguably the quaintest township in Auckland and dating back to 1850, making it the oldest on the North Shore. Marvel at the 5,000 odd villas as we explain how to tell their age. Take in more spectacular views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf from North Head. Hear stories about how this was an underground township with a labyrinth of tunnels during the 2nd World War and the 1880s. Explore two Victorian-style glasshouses, the Winter Gardens, which are over 100 years old. See 80 endemic ferns including the most famous Silver Fern at the Fernery. Then, journey to the top of Eden, the highest point on the isthmus of Auckland at 196 meters. Gaze out over some of the best 360-degree views of the city of Auckland. Explore Tamaki Drive and take in the beauty of Auckland's inner-city beaches and the beautiful native Pohutakawa trees that flank the coastline. Move on to Paritai Drive, the richest street in New Zealand, and enjoy spectacular views over Okahu Bay and Auckland Harbour. Visit Mission Bay and see the old stone cottage constructed from volcanic rock by Bishop Selwyn in 1848. Meander through one of the quaintest coastal suburbs in Auckland and make your way via Kohimarama to Achilles Point. Take a photo opportunity with the most spectacular views of the Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf at one of the most historic places in Auckland. You will also visit Orakei Basin, one of three crater lakes in Auckland. Listen to stories about its role in history.  Next, pass by the homes in the richest suburb in New Zealand, Remuera. Learn about the types of timber used in the construction of this district's houses and how to tell how old each building is. Drive down the golden mile of Parnell and see the oldest suburb of Auckland. After a full day of sightseeing, enjoy the convenience of being dropped back off at your hotel in the city center.

From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

3. From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

Join this overnight all-inclusive tour from Auckland and experience the Central North Island's most iconic attractions at a leisurely pace.  Take guided tours of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Discover the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the thermal areas and geysers of Te Puia. Experience a Maori cultural evening with a meal and concert.  At the end of the two days, you will return to your hotel in Auckland or a different location in the central area, if specified. Most of the transport is supplied in Mercedes minibuses with luxury seating. Your driver guide will take the time to make sure you enjoy your time on the tour. The largest vehicle seats 15 passengers, but on most occasions your group will be 12 people or less.

Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

4. Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

Your tour begins as you are collected from your hotel in a comfortable modern mini-bus. From there, travel through the beautiful Waikato countryside - New Zealand's most extensively farmed area, on a fully guided tour to Hobbiton. During the trip south, encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, and beautiful mountains, as well as several different farm animals along the way. Following your drive, arrive to the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton. There you can see thousands of sheep, grab something to eat, get a coffee fix, or enjoy an ice cream as your guides arrange your tickets to the movie set. Next, board one of the green Hobbiton buses to depart on a fully guided 2-hour tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with an expert Hobbiton Movie set guide who ensures you get the most out of your visit. During your tour, step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 different hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the charming secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and finish your Lord of the Rings experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton Pub, the Green Dragon Inn. After your Lord of the rings experience, travel back through the Alexander Family Sheep Farm before heading south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. Throughout your trip, pass through the unique town of Tirau - the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade, seeing many more stunning landscapes as you head over the Kaimai ranges. Once in Rotorua, travel with your guides as they show you around the historical sites including Lake Rotorua, the Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, the Thermal Springs, and the Polynesian Spa. From there, head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, the Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once inside the park, stop for lunch, where your guides highly recommend the traditional Maori Hangi buffet meal. Following lunch, set off for a fully guided tour around the surreal park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. Observe the Pōhutu Geyser (the biggest geyser in the southern hemisphere), Māori Architecture, the National Māori Arts School, geothermal craters, and geothermal events. There's even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house, before you travel back to Auckland with your guide.

Auckland: Guided Half-Day Walking Tour

5. Auckland: Guided Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Auckland's past and present historical and cultural highlights. Wander the cobblestoned streets and the narrow lanes as your highly knowledgeable guide explains Auckland's architectural legacy from Classical, Renaissance, Gothic to Baroque. Learn about Auckland's early history from the arrival of Maori to the first colonial European settlers. Hear about the pre-European Auckland and the legacy of the founding fathers. Marvel at Auckland's unique architecture and the historic category 1 protected buildings on this easy-paced walking tour.

The Inside Loop: See Auckland's Most Vibrant Neighbourhoods

6. The Inside Loop: See Auckland's Most Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Enjoy a guided electric bike tour around some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Auckland. Head off the beaten track of the standard tour routes. Discover the places the locals go to for the best eating, drinking, shopping or cultural experiences. Your guide will give you an insider's view, so you can make the most of your time in this amazing city. Meet outside The Pantry cafe, at the Park Hyatt hotel located in the heart of Auckland city - within an easy walk of the cruise ship terminals and many hotels. There, you will be kitted with your stylish electric bike and your riding gear - including a helmet and a cycle specific headset, so you can safely listen to your guide as you ride along. You'll be given a short orientation with the electric bikes and do a practice ride nearby, to make sure you are 100% comfortable before the tour sets off.  Having departed from the city center, ride on the new Grafton Gully cycleway towards the bohemian Karangahape Road (or "K Road", as it's know to the locals). Formerly one of the most elegant shopping streets in Auckland, urban redevelopment in the middle of last century led to it being down on its luck for a long period. But an influx of fantastic new restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping options have led to a real revival for the area in recent years. At your first stop, enjoy a beautiful view back to the city center as your guide explains the history of the area and gives you plenty of recommendations for places to eat, drink and shop on K Road during the rest of your visit. Then its off to Ponsonby - one of the main social hubs in Auckland. Ponsonby has a fascinating past and its colorful history has resulted in an area with an undeniable buzz. Your tour will then ride through the leafy streets of Grey Lynn, as you learn about the architecture of the central neighborhoods. Next, you will be back into Ponsonby and learning about an infamous murder by the aptly-named Dennis Gunn. Ride on through Freemans Bay to Wynyard Quarter, one of Auckland's most prestigious new developments and home to some great food markets and public events. A ride over the Te Wero Bridge into the Viaduct is next  - if you're lucky, you'll get to watch it lift open to let a yacht or two cruise into the inner marina. Then its along Quay Street on you way back to your original departure point. Given what you've seen on the tour, you'll probably already be thinking about dinner and/or drinks - time to check out some of those recommendations from your guide! To ensure the best experience, your group size will be small and personal - a maximum of 6 riders and your guide. And there are frequent stops on the tour - plenty of time to take photos and listen to your guide, as they give you a local's insight into some of Auckland's coolest neighborhoods.

From Auckland: Hobbiton and Te Puia Guided Trip

7. From Auckland: Hobbiton and Te Puia Guided Trip

Join this tour by multi-award winning Auckland Scenic Tours to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, the Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings) Movie Set and also in Rotorua, the Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland, in one easy return day trip from Auckland (option by arrangement to be dropped off in Rotorua at the end of the tour instead of returning to Auckland.) Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life and take photos in front of your favourite places like the 44 Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Te Puia which is home to remarkable geothermal features, including the famous Pōhutu geyser as well as rich layers of Māori culture, including art works, people, stories, traditions and architecture. There are lush nature trails teeming with native bird life and you will even find New Zealand iconic native flightless bird, the Kiwi, on site. Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. Fully guided day with one of our tour guides who are widely regarded for their depth of knowledge. -Cross off two North Island highlights in one day—no rental car needed! -Lord of the Rings fans will love an official Hobbiton Movie Set tour -Visit the 70-hectare Te Puia Geothermal Park in Rotorua with the world famous Pohutu geyser and the Maori Cultural Village -Encounter close up New Zealand’s most famous bird, the Kiwi -Walk the lush nature trails teeming with native bird life -See the National Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with its carving and weaving schools -Learn about native New Zealand history and culture from a Maori guide By arrangement we also offer an optional drop off with luggage in Rotorua ONLY at the i-site Information Centre in the middle of the main street of Rotorua. This option, only by arrangement with your booking, means your tour would start in Auckland and finish in Rotorua.

Auckland: Half-Day Private City Highlights Tour

8. Auckland: Half-Day Private City Highlights Tour

Discover a different side of Auckland on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby or cruise ship terminal and hop in the air-conditioned van that will take your first stop. Start your day with a short walk through the mystic rainforest in the city. Next, visit the historic Bastion Point and find out why Auckland is called the 'City of Sails'. At Orakei Marae, learn more about Maori history and the Ngati Whatua tribe. Later, stop at a seaside village and enjoy fantastic views of Auckland's largest volcano, Rangitoto, and Brown's Island. Finally, visit Maungakiekie, the second largest volcano in Auckland and a place of remembrance for both the Maori and European people of New Zealand. Enjoy incredible views over the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City, and Rangitoto, from the peak of One Tree Hill before heading back to your hotel.

Auckland: Guided Walking Tour

9. Auckland: Guided Walking Tour

Walk the cobblestone streets and narrow lanes of Auckland on a guided sightseeing tour. Learn about Auckland's early history, from the arrival of the Maori to the first colonial European settlers. See Auckland's highlights as your guide teaches you about this fascinating city. Learn about pre-European Auckland and the legacy left by its founders. Marvel at the city's charming architecture and historic buildings and hear your guide's explanations clearly with a headset.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Had a wonderful time on the trip. Flexitours did a great job of reacting to a weather issue and finding us new activities to do, and was also willing to allow new additions to the itinerary that we discovered along the way. Great trip!

Excellent tour. Great itinerary. Our guide David was excellent, very knowledgeable and clearly proud of his city. Overall this tour exceeded our expectations. Great value for money. I would definitely recommend.

Was well put together, we saw all those things with appropriate amounts of time at each and all of the accommodations were great. Thanks again

Knowledgeable drivers, wonderful food, excellent activities Great way to get an introduction to New Zealand

David did a great job showing and telling us all the highlights of Auckland. Thank you, David.