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Auckland Harbour 3-Course Dinner Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Auckland Harbour 3-Course Dinner Cruise with Welcome Drink

Dine on Waitemata Harbor for a memorable experience in Auckland. Join a 2.5-hour sailing dinner cruise for a uniquely local experience with a relaxed, intimate and engaging atmosphere. Discover the city skyline and iconic highlights as they light up for the evening. Set sail while enjoying the city highlights and engaging commentary from your captain. Assist the crew or try your hand at steering the boat. Enjoy the breeze and relax with a drink, with ample space and seating above deck.  Set anchor in Westhaven Marina to enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner, supplied by top Viaduct restaurant Degree. Complement your meal with a selection of premium locally produced wine or beer. After dinner, marvel at the city views and as the sun sets to watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive.

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Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

2. Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

Enjoy Auckland, the City of Sails, as you join the yachts on Waitemata Harbor and enjoy the relaxed pace of harbor sailing. Set sail on a 50-foot cruising yacht for a spectacular sailing experience on the sparkling harbor waters. Meet your captain at the Auckland waterfront and be welcomed by the crew, who will supply you with weather-proof jackets if required. After a brief introduction accompanied by a safety briefing, depart Viaduct Habor to sail past the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbor Bridge for a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour. Enjoy engaging commentary from your skipper on Auckland, the home of the Americas Cup. Enjoy light refreshments, including a hot drink and a sweet treat, in the sunshine or below deck. Afterwards, set sail to cruise Auckland's sparkling Waitemata Harbor. If you like, help the crew sail the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you take advantage of photo opportunities. Glide past the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina, the charming suburb of Devonport and the city skyline before returning to Auckland.

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Auckland: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entrance Ticket

3. Auckland: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entrance Ticket

Embark on an otherworldly adventure and explore a maze of different rooms, each creatively designed to test your senses. Navigate quirky obstacles, feel your way through dark spaces, and be surprised by unusual sound and lighting effects and mind-bending illusions. Dive into a truly immersive sensory experience and make your way through Odyssey at your own pace. Undertake a journey like no other as you get hands-and-feet-on with this unique, labyrinthine world.

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Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

4. Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

Embark on a city express tour for a personalised 3-hour experience. See twice as much in half the time as your local kiwi guides will show you what makes the city of Auckland so special.  Enjoy an intimate Kiwi experience as you discover Auckland’s eateries, volcanoes, visit a working farm, and explore beautiful gardens. Learn about Maori culture and settler history from your experienced guide. Gain local knowledge on the best of Auckland’s shopping, cuisine, and sights.  Your tour will take you up to Bastion Point to admire the beautiful harbor views. See some of the glamorous houses on Paratai Drive. Visit beautiful One Tree Hill and see a working farm. See fantastic Auckland views from the heights of the dormant Mt. Eden volcano. Visit the Auckland Domain and experience the exquisite Wintergardens. Drive through the historic Parnell village and see the historic Holy Trinity Church. Travel over the Auckland Harbor Bridge, enjoying Waitemata Harbor vistas. Encounter the Auckland’s maritime history at Viaduct Harbor.

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America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

5. America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

Join the crew on an America’s Cup yacht for a unique 2-hour tour from Auckland that gives you the chance to experience the sensation of competing in this world-famous racing meet. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Experience this first hand by sailing these remarkable vessels on the harbor that hosted the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you tack and jibe. These powerful and highly engineered race vessels are usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yacht owners, but this unique two-hour sailing experience offers everyone the opportunity to sail these grand prix racing machines. Set sail around Auckland’s stunning Waitemata Harbor and enjoy all the thrills of sailing in a proper racing yacht. Be transported to a world where the thrill of international sport meets the beauty of the sparkling sea. No sailing experience is required to participate. Take the helm and exert energy on the grinders, or simply sit back and enjoy the journey. Look back at the contrast of natural landscapes and city skyscrapers that line the harbour while you sail the seas.

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Auckland: 3-Hour Food Tasting Walking Tour

6. Auckland: 3-Hour Food Tasting Walking Tour

After meeting your local guide at the base of the Sky Tower on Auckland’s 'eat street' and a warm welcome, you'll head to a local eatery to mix and mingle over New Zealand-style cuisine. Possible food options here may include cumin-rubbed roast lamb or seafood fritters with aioli dipping sauce. Then continue on your tour to experience Auckland’s colorful history and landmarks with an entertaining walking lunch designed to showcase the city's diverse flavors and sightseeing highlights. Duck down back lanes and through serene squares, where you'll get to sit down and enjoy some great eats. You'll learn a little about each local vendor and discover their passion for crafting premium ingredients into the gourmet dishes that Aucklanders' love.

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Auckland City Small Group Morning Discovery Tour

7. Auckland City Small Group Morning Discovery Tour

Experience the best sights of Auckland City on a small group city tour. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights, plus see how Aucklanders live and play. After pick up from your central Auckland hotel, travel up Queen Street through Auckland’s central business district, past Auckland University, and through the inner city park 'The Domain'. Auckland is set on over fifty dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. Here you can stroll on a beautiful beach with views out across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island and where there is time for a coffee.  After a short drive through historic Devonport, continue up to the summit of Mount Victoria for stunning panoramic views of Auckland City and historic Devonport. Mount Victoria is Devonport's very own dormant volcano. Then, travel back over the Harbour Bridge to view Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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Auckland: Wild West Coast And Black Sand Beaches Tour

8. Auckland: Wild West Coast And Black Sand Beaches Tour

The day's itinerary: 1. Auckland Sky Tower Departing from the famous landmark of the Auckland Sky Tower, the west coast adventure begins with a guided tour out of the city centre over the famous Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. You then head west towards the affluent areas of Coatesville, Kumeu and Riverhead. While on this journey your guides will point out all the main attractions and tell stories about the area along the way. 2. Hallertau Brewery Arriving at the craft beer brewery Hallertau, you will be treated to a delicious lunch of your choice from a special set menu. Following lunch, you have the opportunity to taste some of Hallertau’s winning craft beers before continuing your day. 3. Muriwai Beach A short drive from the brewery you arrive at the wild west coast black sand beach of Muriwai. Exploring this area, you will be amazed by the rugged coastline, unique black sand and the feel of raw natural power that surrounds the area. 4. Muriwai Gannet Colony Walking up the hill from the beach not only will you be treated to amazing views but also have the chance to see the largest mainland gannet colony on the North Island. Getting this close to these impressive ocean mastering birds is a special experience. (Bird numbers vary at different times of the year). 5. Auckland City After a great afternoon exploring Auckland’s West Coast, it is time to head back to the city with a fully guided return trip dropping off at city central locations and hotels.

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Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

9. Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

Take a trip to the Maritime Museum and spend a few hours learning about one of the most maritime nations in the world. Go deep inside the stories and narratives of those affected by the sea through galleries, displays, special exhibitions, and more.  Discover the relationship between the sea and other factors such as immigration, trade, design, innovation, and leisure.  The Museum houses one of the nation’s most important heritage collections which covers the breadth of our relationship with the sea; from the Great Pacific Migration a thousand years ago to the cutting edge of modern technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting. Suitable for all the family, there is something for everyone at the museum thanks to the poignancy of the personal connections and stories told here. 

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Auckland: Guided Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Auckland: Guided Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Auckland's past and present historical and cultural highlights. Wander the cobblestoned streets and the narrow lanes as your highly knowledgeable guide explains Auckland's architectural legacy from Classical, Renaissance, Gothic to Baroque. Learn about Auckland's early history from the arrival of Maori to the first colonial European settlers. Hear about the pre-European Auckland and the legacy of the founding fathers. Marvel at Auckland's unique architecture and the historic category 1 protected buildings on this easy-paced walking tour.

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What people are saying about Auckland CBD

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 584 reviews

Wow geez whizz! Everyone working on the boat was so nice and the sailing was exciting, safe and so enjoyable! Wow cool wow! Canada!

Great time. Relaxing and invigorating. Skipper was informative and fun. Meal was interesting and plentiful. Highly recommend.

Found it very informative and a must do for anyone wanting a good tour around Auckland city.

I went early and had the place almost to myself for half an hour.

We had an awesome evening. Jessie and his crew did a great job.