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

1. 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: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

2. 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: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

3. 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. Stand in the doorway and step inside of a Hobbit hole and see 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

4. 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: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

Auckland: Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

8. Auckland: Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

Visit the 328-meter-tall Sky Tower, an icon of Auckland's skyline, with this entry ticket. Admire views of the city, the water, and of Mount Hauturu from the Tower's three viewing platforms.  Show your ticket at the entrance and make your way to The Sky Deck platform which stands at 220 meters, the Main Observation level at 186 meters, and the Sky Café platform at 182 meters. Stay connected while you there with the included Wi-Fi access.  Have the option to dine with a view with 3 eateries to choose from. Buy a tasty treat at The Orbit 360˚ revolving restaurant, order a drink at the chic and elegant venue known as The Sugar Club, or have a coffee at the Sky Café. After you are finished taking in the views, the base of the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex, features 2 world-class hotels, Auckland's premier dining precinct with over 20 bars and restaurants, a 700-seat theatre, and a world-class casino.

From Auckland: Waitomo & Hobbiton Bus Tour with Lunch

9. 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

10. 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

Auckland

Our most recommended Auckland Small group 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: 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: 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. Stand in the doorway and step inside of a Hobbit hole and see 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: 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

Auckland: Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

Auckland: Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

Visit the 328-meter-tall Sky Tower, an icon of Auckland's skyline, with this entry ticket. Admire views of the city, the water, and of Mount Hauturu from the Tower's three viewing platforms.  Show your ticket at the entrance and make your way to The Sky Deck platform which stands at 220 meters, the Main Observation level at 186 meters, and the Sky Café platform at 182 meters. Stay connected while you there with the included Wi-Fi access.  Have the option to dine with a view with 3 eateries to choose from. Buy a tasty treat at The Orbit 360˚ revolving restaurant, order a drink at the chic and elegant venue known as The Sugar Club, or have a coffee at the Sky Café. After you are finished taking in the views, the base of the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex, features 2 world-class hotels, Auckland's premier dining precinct with over 20 bars and restaurants, a 700-seat theatre, and a world-class casino.

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.

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Both activities where very fun. There is so much to see when you at the Hobbiton. The staff at the Hobbiton werr amazing, you can tell they love there jobs. The Glow worm Caves were very interesting, such a cool experience! Our tour guide, Brenda, was amazing! She was so knowledgeable. She was giving us the background story on the land we were driving by. The Cafe we stopped at for lunch had great food options. The only thing I would had like different would be having a smaller group when on the tour at the Hobbiton and the Glowworm Caves. Our bus size was 14 people and I feel like a group around 15-20 people is a perfect size. The Hobbiton had 40 people per group and the Glow worm Caves had around 30-35 people.

It was the best choice I’ve made for the Hobitton Tour. Our tour guide, Mike is amazing! He deserved a 5 stars with his lovely hospitality! View along the way to Hobitton itself was stunning! Overall experience was excellent and will definitely come back again for Mike’s service!

It was absolutely incredible experienced, we are indeed happy together with the group, and the driver was lively and very informative along with all the tour guide amazing.

Absolutely fantastic experience. Our Pilot Josh was extremely welcoming and gave great insight to the surroundings during the flight. Would definitely recommend

Literally one of the best tours we’ve had in our lives. 100% recommend