Mount Eden: Our most recommended tours and activities

City Sightseeing and explore Piha Beach

1. City Sightseeing and explore Piha Beach

This is the trip if you want to see the Auckland essentials in one day! This experience includes carefully selected views and walks from the central city right through the Waitakere ranges to the untamed coastline of wild black sand Piha. Meet our group at The Pantry Cafe on Auckland's Viaduct basin. Grab your coffee/breakfast before we embark on our City to Piha adventure. The first hour is spent within the city, exploring some of our most famous points of interest and learning their significance. Including; Auckland Domain, the Harbour Bridge, Auckland Museum building, Symmonds St cemetery, our Famous streets, Historical sights and of course a walk around the incredible crater of Mt Eden volcano. 200m above sea level. Followed by fresh fruit and snacks. (Provided) Relax in our luxurious sprinter van as we wind our way out of the city and through the Waitakere ranges towards the famous Piha. Stopping only for the most scenic lookouts and short walks along the way. Upon arrival at North Piha, we venture onto the wild black sand beach at low tide to explore hidden caves of Penguins. We carefully walk between towering cliffs to find hidden tracks through native forest where we navigate massive sea caves to discover wildlife. If we are lucky, deep inside a cave at the end of Taniwha bay we can find Penguins and sometimes large Seals in the torchlight. Your guide is an ex professional photographer and happy to take photos for you all day! Lunch options available from the local Piha cafe. Book privately through the Barefoot tours NZ website. Healthy snacks, fresh fruit and extra water provided. The black sand can be hot during summer, bring beach shoes if you have them. Towels provided if you want to have a swim at lunchtime.

Auckland City Sightseeing

2. Auckland City Sightseeing

This days tour of the whole of Auckland central is put together by your professional local tour guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit here. Get a full insight into the city, see the hidden gems, stand on the many volcanoes, learn about the history and find the secret places only locals know about. Join a passionate group of up to 9 travellers on this experience. Full transport included (65km total) in our prestigious Mercedes tour bus. Some walking is required to see the best views, please wear good shoes. 30 minutes lunch break at Silo park and Wynyard quarter with many options for food. Your guide is fully qualified and advanced first aid trained. Healthy snacks, fresh fruit and cold bottled water are included and available at all times. The aim of this experience is to help you get to know our beautiful city and find your bearings. This is the most efficient way to meet the city of Auckland! You will be left with many more ideas to fill your special time here.

Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

3. Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

Embark on an adventure and go on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland Tour. See the top attractions of Auckland on this scenic full-day tour. Drive along Tamaki Drive in an air-conditioned Mercedes with one of the guides renowned for their knowledge. Discover the quaint village of Devonport, Mission Bay, and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360-degree views. See North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City and the Inner Harbour. You will also witness Auckland's highest volcano, historic Mount Eden. Admire native birdlife at Muriwai and the spectacular rugged coastline with black sand beaches. Sip fine wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail. Visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum, and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery.  Enjoy our historic lunch stop in Riverhead. Marvel at the surroundings while traveling into the lush countryside.

Auckland: Half-Day Auckland Volcanoes Tour

4. Auckland: Half-Day Auckland Volcanoes Tour

Following an 8am pickup at the cruise port near Queens Wharf, meet your guide and travel out into the suburbs of Auckland to begin your 5-hour tour. Hike to the summits of four of Auckland's youngest volcanoes (inactive) — Mt. Eden, Mangere Mountain, Mt. Wellington, and One Tree Hill — and admire spectacular views of Auckland city and its 3 harbours from vantage points around the craters. Along the way, keep watch for native and country animal life and listen as your guide sheds light on Auckland's rich volcanic geology and Maori history. At approximately 1pm, return to the cruise port near Queens Wharf where your 5-hour tour will come to an end.

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