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The Classic: Discover Amazing Auckland on an Electric Bike

1. The Classic: Discover Amazing Auckland on an Electric Bike

Auckland is a city that it built on volcanos - so that means great views, and hills! Touring the city on a fun electric bike is the perfect solution. Electric bikes allow people with all levels of fitness to enjoy cycling and the benefits of being outdoors. See the best of the city from the comfort of the saddle, with a local expert guide who will take you on a fascinating journey - exploring the past, present and future of Auckland. Meet at an electric bike store located in the heart of Auckland city - within an easy walk of the cruise ship terminals and many hotels. There, 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 Grafton Gully cycleway towards the first stop and the high point (literally) of the tour - Mount Eden/Maungawhau - the highest of the many volcanic cones around Auckland. Let the motor on your electric bike do all the hard work as you cruise up. Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views at the summit, as your guide tells you about Auckland's turbulent early years. Then its on to one of the largest parks in Auckland - the Domain - for more beautiful views from Auckland Museum. Continue through the historic suburb of Parnell and down to Auckland's amazing waterfront. Riding an electric bike along the shoreline on the Tamaki Drive cycleway towards Okahu Bay is an experience not to be missed. As you head back towards the center of the city, ride on some of Auckland's newest cycleways and some of Auckland's most historic wharves, where you'll learn all about Auckland's relationship with the sea over the years. Then its through the bustling Viaduct, where your guide can recommend plenty of dining options for you to enjoy during the rest of your visit. A ride through one of Auckland's newest developments, Wynyard Quarter, is next, then round the Silo Park to check out your next destination - Westhaven and the Harbor Bridge. Ride along the picturesque boardwalks to Westhaven - the largest marina in the Southern Hemisphere and get up close and personal with the Harbor Bridge. The tour continues on through historic Freemans Bay before joining heading up to one of Auckland's new cycling icons - Te Ara i Whiti/the Lightpath. This award-winning, vibrant (and very pink!) cycleway is a great spot for some photos before you ride back down into the city to finish the tour where you started. To ensure the best experience, your group size will be small - 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 share the story of Auckland with you.

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Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

2. 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. Travel over the Auckland Harbor Bridge, enjoying Waitemata Harbor vistas. Encounter the Auckland’s maritime history at Viaduct Harbor.

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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: 3-Hour Food Tasting Walking Tour

5. Auckland: 3-Hour Food Tasting Walking Tour

After meeting your local guide at the base of the Sky Tower on Auckland’s 'eat street' and a warm welcome, you'll head to a local eatery to mix and mingle over New Zealand-style cuisine. Possible food options here may include cumin-rubbed roast lamb or seafood fritters with aioli dipping sauce. Then continue on your tour to experience Auckland’s colorful history and landmarks with an entertaining walking lunch designed to showcase the city's diverse flavors and sightseeing highlights. Duck down back lanes and through serene squares, where you'll get to sit down and enjoy some great eats. You'll learn a little about each local vendor and discover their passion for crafting premium ingredients into the gourmet dishes that Aucklanders' love.

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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. 

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The Inside Loop: See Auckland's Most Vibrant Neighbourhoods

7. 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 at an electric bike store 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.

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Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

8. 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: Devonport Waterfront Segway

9. Auckland: Devonport Waterfront Segway

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. Then it's out to Victoria Wharf for a safety briefing and with the help of your tour guide, learn one on one how to ride a Segway. Enjoy plenty of time to practice before heading out for some more fun on the gentle inclines and over some rough terrain to improve your confidence on the Segway. Then it's a ride to enjoy the views and the sensation of gliding effortlessly around the Devonport Waterfront on a Segway. The tour is tailored to suit the age range and confidence of the participants. After 45 minutes head back to the Devonport Ferry Terminal to receive your Segway 101 pass card.

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Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 33 reviews

The greatest of fun for all ages. Might not have been the perfect weather but we really had an inexpensive and great time segways is so good!

The guides, David and Kevin, were excellent and made it a fantastic day. I enjoyed learning so much about Auckland and New Zealand

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

Loved Paul , great personality and knowledge also very funny! 5 stars !

This was a true highlight during our time in Auckland.