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Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

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.

Auckland: Ship to Shore Half-Day Excursion

Auckland: Ship to Shore Half-Day Excursion

Embark on a half-day scenic tour to see as much of Auckland as possible in four hours. Perfect for those on a cruise ship, this tour will ensure you are able to see the absolute best of Auckland’s sights. Star at Auckland Harbour Bridge, which affords spectacular 360-degree views and photo opportunities. Next, visit Devonport, arguably the quaintest township in Auckland, and North Head, formerly an underground township during WWII and the 1880s. Check out the winter gardens and fernery before heading up to Mount Eden, the highest point on the isthmus of Auckland. See the city’s beaches, native flora and fauna, and Mission Bay. Get spectacular views from Achilles Point, also one of the most historic places in Auckland, and the Hauraki Gulf, Orakei Basin, Remuera suburb, and the Parnell golden mile.

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(4 reviews)

Dave was a great driver / host. Great dialogue with the participants and imparted his knowledge in a friendly and engaging manner. Sadly it was a misty day so some of the views were restricted but his descriptions enhanced what we were able to see. Mini coach was comfortable and umbrellas available when the drizzle became more insistent. Would recommend

While the sites were fantastic, Mike our driver was superb. His knowledge, his choice of places and the kind and courtesy he showed the guests made the trip excellent. If you book this you won’t regret it if you want the best views of Auckland

This was the best tour we’ve ever been on! David was so knowledgeable and friendly and the tour exceeded all of our expectations. So much to see and such a nice way to experience Auckland! Highly highly recommend this! Thank you!

Very enjoyable tour, featuring views of Auckland and environs from various vantage points. Good commentary from Mike.

Great! We loved riding with David! He is knowledgeable, has a great sense of humor and made our tour memorable.