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Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Discover the magic of Waiheke with a combined ferry and hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel from Auckland harbor on a ferry and board a double-decker bus to attractions like Oneroa Village, Oneroa Beach, and several local wineries. It’s the most flexible and cost-effective tour option on the island, introducing you to the island’s top spots. Hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 16 convenient stops, which include vineyards, beaches, and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a scenic tour of the island. The buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, and more. The knowledgeable tour drivers, and the addition of an on-board host, ensure you’ll receive the most informative commentary as you travel around and you can get all the local tips and tricks for how best to enjoy Waiheke. The Explorer Hop-on Hop-off departs from each location approximately every 60 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes at peak times.

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

Become immersed in the magical world of the Lord of the Rings with a guided visit to Hobbiton. Enjoy a roundtrip transfer from Auckland and discover every corner of this iconic movie set with a guide. Eat lunch like a Hobbit at a mesmerizing themed location. Meet your driver guide in Auckland and set off on a modern air-conditioned bus with onboard WiFi. Discover the rolling hillsides, walkways, and Hobbit holes from the movies, and be expertly guided as you stroll around the set. Venture through the door and walk through an authentic Hobbit Hole interior on Bagshot Row where the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins himself lived. Allow your guide to tell you interesting facts about how the movies were made. Top off your Middle Earth adventure with a beer, ale, cider, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn. Finally, enjoy a full buffet lunch like a Hobbit at the Party Marquee. After your tour and lunch, you will board your coach again and travel back to Auckland.

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on a day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2.5 hour tour including the fully themed Hobbit Hole on Bagshot Row. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn.  Afterward, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a light Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers.  Glide silently by boat in the world-famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms.  Your guide will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave, famous for its acoustics. The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper. When you travel with us, you aren't only experiencing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, you are helping to regenerate and protect it for the future generations, with a dollar from every ticket bought goes towards the Hauraki Gulf Guardians fund.

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

Start by hopping on a morning boat to Waiheke Island from Auckland’s Downtown Ferry Terminal, enjoying a 35-minute boat ride with views of historical Devonport and Rangitoto Island on the way.  Meet your guide once you reach the island, and head on your way to 4 of the island’s finest wineries. Savor tastings at each of the 4 wineries, with an extended lunch break for your own free time at one of them. As a bonus, see why the island is famous for its beaches and see the rolling hills of vines, with your guide’s commentary accompanying.  At the end of the tour, either choose to take a transfer back to the port for an afternoon ferry back to Auckland, or choose to remain in the village and stroll back to the ferry on a 15-minute walk.

Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

See the incredible attractions that Auckland has to offer such as the largest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s largest art collection and up close encounters with penguins and sharks – just a few of the incredible experiences that can be visited. Red Inner Tour with 9 stops (operates year round) visiting: Downtown Auckland Sky City / Sky Tower Weta Workshop Unleashed The All Blacks Experience Queen Street Auckland Art Gallery Newmarket Auckland Museum Hold Trinity Cathedral Parnell Bastion Point SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Blue Outer Tour with 6 stops (operates November to April only) visiting: Auckland Museum Wintergardens Auckland Domain Mt Eden Kingsland/Eden Park Auckland Zoo MOTAT

From Auckland: Waitomo & Hobbiton Bus Tour with Lunch

From Auckland: Waitomo & Hobbiton Bus Tour with Lunch

See the magical Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour from Auckland. Step on board your luxury GreatSights coach and travel south, taking in typical New Zealand scenery as you ride – lush green farmland and rolling hills. Your first stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. Then you will board your coach again and make your way to the Hobbiton Movie Set which is one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. A working farm near the small town of Matamata was transformed into a film set for the world-famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, and today you can visit the set and see where the magic was created. See highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and the Party Tree, and now venture inside a Hobbit hole and see how the Hobbits lived. Your tour guide will share behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, your driver guide will take you back to Auckland, returning in the early evening.

Auckland: Shuttle Between Airport & City CBD

Auckland: Shuttle Between Airport & City CBD

Enjoy a simple, stress-free journey between Auckland CBD and the Auckland Airport, both domestic and international terminals. After a streamlined meeting with your driver, either outside of your accommodation or your terminal, you’ll head to your destination with peace of mind that you’ll arrive on time and without delay. After meeting your driver, you’ll be escorted to the vehicle and driven to your destination, making 2 to 4 stops along the way. Enjoy a smooth ride in a modern, air-conditioned mini bus driven by a professional and friendly driver.

Auckland Airport: 5G/4G/3G Travel SIM Card for New Zealand

Auckland Airport: 5G/4G/3G Travel SIM Card for New Zealand

Data is important these days, whether you need to find a place, check a map, reply to an urgent e-mail from your business contacts, or upload inspiring photos to Instagram. While you are away from home, avoid roaming charges and use a local network. Stay connected with this affordable and convenient New Zealand SIM card.   Choose between 4 different packages, all with options for micro, nano, mini, or standards SIM cards. Included countries for the 2GB card are Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK, and USA. With the 10GB, 40GB and 100GB SIMs, enjoy access in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK, USA, Netherlands, Taiwan, and Thailand. The package options are as follows: • NZ Travel SIM with 200 minutes, 200 texts (NZ and international), and 2GB data. Package is valid for 30days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 200 minutes and 200 texts (international), and 10GB data. Package is valid for 60days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 200 minutes and 200 texts (international), and 40GB data. Package is valid for 60days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 250 minutes and 250 texts (international), and 100GB data. Package is valid for 60days.

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Our most recommended Auckland Literary activities

Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Discover the magic of Waiheke with a combined ferry and hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel from Auckland harbor on a ferry and board a double-decker bus to attractions like Oneroa Village, Oneroa Beach, and several local wineries. It’s the most flexible and cost-effective tour option on the island, introducing you to the island’s top spots. Hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 16 convenient stops, which include vineyards, beaches, and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a scenic tour of the island. The buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, and more. The knowledgeable tour drivers, and the addition of an on-board host, ensure you’ll receive the most informative commentary as you travel around and you can get all the local tips and tricks for how best to enjoy Waiheke. The Explorer Hop-on Hop-off departs from each location approximately every 60 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes at peak times.

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

Become immersed in the magical world of the Lord of the Rings with a guided visit to Hobbiton. Enjoy a roundtrip transfer from Auckland and discover every corner of this iconic movie set with a guide. Eat lunch like a Hobbit at a mesmerizing themed location. Meet your driver guide in Auckland and set off on a modern air-conditioned bus with onboard WiFi. Discover the rolling hillsides, walkways, and Hobbit holes from the movies, and be expertly guided as you stroll around the set. Venture through the door and walk through an authentic Hobbit Hole interior on Bagshot Row where the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins himself lived. Allow your guide to tell you interesting facts about how the movies were made. Top off your Middle Earth adventure with a beer, ale, cider, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn. Finally, enjoy a full buffet lunch like a Hobbit at the Party Marquee. After your tour and lunch, you will board your coach again and travel back to Auckland.

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on a day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2.5 hour tour including the fully themed Hobbit Hole on Bagshot Row. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn.  Afterward, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a light Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers.  Glide silently by boat in the world-famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms.  Your guide will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave, famous for its acoustics. The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper. When you travel with us, you aren't only experiencing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, you are helping to regenerate and protect it for the future generations, with a dollar from every ticket bought goes towards the Hauraki Gulf Guardians fund.

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

Start by hopping on a morning boat to Waiheke Island from Auckland’s Downtown Ferry Terminal, enjoying a 35-minute boat ride with views of historical Devonport and Rangitoto Island on the way.  Meet your guide once you reach the island, and head on your way to 4 of the island’s finest wineries. Savor tastings at each of the 4 wineries, with an extended lunch break for your own free time at one of them. As a bonus, see why the island is famous for its beaches and see the rolling hills of vines, with your guide’s commentary accompanying.  At the end of the tour, either choose to take a transfer back to the port for an afternoon ferry back to Auckland, or choose to remain in the village and stroll back to the ferry on a 15-minute walk.

Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

See the incredible attractions that Auckland has to offer such as the largest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s largest art collection and up close encounters with penguins and sharks – just a few of the incredible experiences that can be visited. Red Inner Tour with 9 stops (operates year round) visiting: Downtown Auckland Sky City / Sky Tower Weta Workshop Unleashed The All Blacks Experience Queen Street Auckland Art Gallery Newmarket Auckland Museum Hold Trinity Cathedral Parnell Bastion Point SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Blue Outer Tour with 6 stops (operates November to April only) visiting: Auckland Museum Wintergardens Auckland Domain Mt Eden Kingsland/Eden Park Auckland Zoo MOTAT

From Auckland: Waitomo & Hobbiton Bus Tour with Lunch

From Auckland: Waitomo & Hobbiton Bus Tour with Lunch

See the magical Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour from Auckland. Step on board your luxury GreatSights coach and travel south, taking in typical New Zealand scenery as you ride – lush green farmland and rolling hills. Your first stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. Then you will board your coach again and make your way to the Hobbiton Movie Set which is one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. A working farm near the small town of Matamata was transformed into a film set for the world-famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, and today you can visit the set and see where the magic was created. See highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and the Party Tree, and now venture inside a Hobbit hole and see how the Hobbits lived. Your tour guide will share behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, your driver guide will take you back to Auckland, returning in the early evening.

Auckland: Shuttle Between Airport & City CBD

Auckland: Shuttle Between Airport & City CBD

Enjoy a simple, stress-free journey between Auckland CBD and the Auckland Airport, both domestic and international terminals. After a streamlined meeting with your driver, either outside of your accommodation or your terminal, you’ll head to your destination with peace of mind that you’ll arrive on time and without delay. After meeting your driver, you’ll be escorted to the vehicle and driven to your destination, making 2 to 4 stops along the way. Enjoy a smooth ride in a modern, air-conditioned mini bus driven by a professional and friendly driver.

Auckland Airport: 5G/4G/3G Travel SIM Card for New Zealand

Auckland Airport: 5G/4G/3G Travel SIM Card for New Zealand

Data is important these days, whether you need to find a place, check a map, reply to an urgent e-mail from your business contacts, or upload inspiring photos to Instagram. While you are away from home, avoid roaming charges and use a local network. Stay connected with this affordable and convenient New Zealand SIM card.   Choose between 4 different packages, all with options for micro, nano, mini, or standards SIM cards. Included countries for the 2GB card are Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK, and USA. With the 10GB, 40GB and 100GB SIMs, enjoy access in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK, USA, Netherlands, Taiwan, and Thailand. The package options are as follows: • NZ Travel SIM with 200 minutes, 200 texts (NZ and international), and 2GB data. Package is valid for 30days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 200 minutes and 200 texts (international), and 10GB data. Package is valid for 60days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 200 minutes and 200 texts (international), and 40GB data. Package is valid for 60days. • NZ Travel SIM with unlimited minutes and texts (NZ), 250 minutes and 250 texts (international), and 100GB data. Package is valid for 60days.

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This was the only way I could take my daughter to Hobbiton & we had an excellent day out. The tour group was small (mid-winter) but our bus driver was very enthusiastic & wanted to share her knowledge of Auckland & New Zealand as a whole as we drove down. This helped pass the time. The shop was quite expensive but they can charge pretty much what they want as fans will buy it. Our Hobbiton guide wasn't the most enthusiastic; he could share his knowledge, but lacked the charisma of others we overheard. It was foggy all day but this added to the atmosphere & meant that we couldn't look too far ahead! The interiors of the Hobbit holes are just beautiful & you could spend hours in there & not see everything. The inclusive drink was excellent; I recommend the ginger beer. It's not been near any sweeteners like that in the UK. Finally, the food was delicious & plentiful. There was a good choice & the party tent was well organised. Overall a great day out! 😁

Our guide Mr Don from Cheeky Kiwi travel was great, friendly and has a good memory of all our names! Very considerate and caring! The side trip to the tip top ice cream was delicious! Mr. Don is a good singer too! Our Hobbiton set guide-Dion was also goo with what he does! He know well all the details of the tour! Overall it was a great tour! Esp seeing all the greenery and the herds of sheeps!!! Awesome!

It was perfect!!! Mike was amazing helping us in everything we needed!!! A great experience that I’ll never forget! I’ll definitely come back!

A pleasant discovery! Mike was super, we made several stops to take photos! Really really recommended

The trip was great! A dream come true, very much worth the wait!