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Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 101822
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Discover Auckland's hidden lanes and serene parks, its street art and cafés and learn about Maori history with a friendly local Kiwi guide. On this small-group walking tour you’ll also head uptown on a local bus to visit a vibrant neighborhood.
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Duration: 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Auckland's downtown lanes and vibrant uptown area
  • Learn about Auckland's Maori and colonial history
  • Experience the essential city landmarks, green parks and wide open spaces
  • Enjoy refreshments and a chocolate tasting at a gorgeous Art Deco hotel
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking Kiwi guide
  • Small group size guaranteed
  • Bus fare uptown
  • Refreshment break including coffee, tea or cold drink
  • Chocolate tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food (unless lunch option is selected)
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

10:00 AM on the corner of 8 Customs Street East and Queen Street, outside R.M. Williams shop/McDonalds. Your guide will be carrying a bag with the local partner's name on it.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Rain gear
Not allowed
  • Audio recording
Know before you go
• A light to reasonable level of fitness is required
• The tour covers approximately 3 km, including a short uphill climb, a series of steps and a short bus ride
• This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants to proceed. Small group maximum of 8 persons