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  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

    1. Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

    Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran, conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland, and set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Depart via Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, and bask in the sun on the large open deck. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins, known to regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then it's out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park itself, where resident populations of Bryde's Whales, Common Dolphins and numerous colorful seabirds await.   Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins and sea birds while important marine biology research is conducted on board. Help protect this incredible resource of marine life on a more personal and intimate experience. As a registered r...

    we didn't see any whales but we did see dolphins. all the staff were nice and we learned a lot about there conservation

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

    2. 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, in one easy small-group 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-hour tour. 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.  Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, sh...

    Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

  • Waiheke Island: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

    3. Waiheke Island: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

    Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay on Waiheke Island, starting from and returning to the ferry terminal. Once you meet your guide at the terminal, begin the hike along the headland track around the Matiatia Headland and past Owhanake Bay. The hike will take approximately 2 hours. On your way around the headland, enjoy beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island, and the Coromandel. Spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins. Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life. Stop for lunch at Oneroa Village or enjoy a picnic on the beach. After lunch, walk to the Pio Rehutai Reserve and around the Church Bay headland through a sculpture park and a stunning bush reserve. Stroll past amazing homes, and picturesque ocean views. After approximately 2 ho...

    Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.

  • Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House

    4. Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House

    After being met at your inner city accommodation and driving south of Auckland, you'll begin to follow the mighty Waikato River. This river is New Zealand’s longest river and winds some 425 km throughout the center of north island.  Passing through small country settlements, you'll get an idea of the New Zealand country lifestyle. On arriving at Waitomo and entering the Waitomo Caves you will wander along underground paths, and see deep limestone shafts and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless.  There are many weird and wonderful formations to be seen, before you board a small boat and become enchanted by the thousands of magical glowworms above as you glide gently and quietly through these world famous caves. After lunch you will stop at the Otorohanga Kiwi House to view New Zealand's national bird, the flig...

  • Waiheke Island: 45-Minute Hauraki Gulf & City Scenic Flight

    5. Waiheke Island: 45-Minute Hauraki Gulf & City Scenic Flight

    Delight in a 45-minute scenic flight offering the best of both worlds: the natural splendor of the Hauraki Gulf Islands and the iconic urban skyline of the city of Auckland. Take off from Waiheke Airport, nestled among the vineyards, and instantly get amazing views of Waiheke Island’s coastline, beaches, and many vineyards. Follow the coastline before breaking off to track toward Auckland. Admire fantastic views of Motuhie and Browns Islands before cruising past downtown Auckland. In the city, enjoy a half-orbit of the famous Sky Tower to take some awesome photos. Then, fly past the Harbour Bridge, Davenport Naval Base, and North Head Volcano. Next, marvel at New Zealand’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto, and peer into its crater as you are flown just 500 feet (152 meters) above its summit. Finally, head back to Waiheke to land.

  • Leigh: Goat Island Guided Diving Tour for Certified Diver

    6. Leigh: Goat Island Guided Diving Tour for Certified Diver

    Join a guided diving tour for certified divers around Goat Island and set off to discover the beautiful underwater world of New Zealand's first ever marine reserve alongside an experienced dive master. Begin with a fitting of your diving equipment at the dive center. You will then drive in your own vehicle 3 km to the Goat Island Marine Reserve to meet with your dive master who will be your guide for the day. Learn the history of Goat Island and get introduced to the marine life you are likely to see in New Zealand's first marine reserve. After a full and thorough safety briefing, head down to the water and begin the tour. Do one long dive in a shallow reserve with the opportunity to stay underwater for 70 to 80 minutes, dependent on individuals' air consumption. Explore further out into the bay and see the true beauty this magical place has to offer. Swim amongst huge snappers, red ...

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

    7. Waiheke Island Ferry & Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

    The best way to get around Waiheke is to combine your ferry travel with the Waiheke Explorer Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. This newdouble-decker and single level bus experience is designed to let you see more of the island for less and see it in a whole new way, at your own pace! 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 1.5 hour 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 a...

    Great way to explore the island, convenient hop-on and hop-off and informative guide, beautiful island to explore

  • Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    8. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    I went with my mum & partner to Hobbiton & Waitomo. We had Michael for our tour & he was so generous & full of knowledge about everything & anything. Also such a great conversationalist . Highly recommend, would love to be on another tour with him. Thank you for a great day out!

  • Sky Tower Auckland: General Admission Ticket

    9. Sky Tower Auckland: General Admission Ticket

    An icon of Auckland's skyline, the Sky Tower stands tall at 328 meters. Your ticket includes access to all 3 viewing platforms: The Sky Deck at 220 meters, the Main Observation level at 186 meters and the Sky Café at 182 meters. If dining with a view is what you're after, there are 3 eateries to choose from: The Orbit 360˚ revolving restaurant, the chic and elegant venue known as The Sugar Club and the Sky Café. At 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 theater and a world-class casino.

    I enjoyed it, but has I have visited some other TV towers, e.g in Toronto nothing very special. It was nice in the evening as the city was well lit.

  • Auckland: Tandem Skydive Experience

    10. Auckland: Tandem Skydive Experience

    Upon arrival, get greeted by the friendly staff who will check you in and get you signed up for the jump. After receiving a safety briefing and get geared up by the experienced tandem instructors who will ensure you feel safe and comfortable for the rest of the trip. Then it's time to board the plane where you will experience a 25-minute scenic flight up to altitude. From there you will experience the thrill of traveling up to 200 kilometers per hour back towards earth. After the parachute has opened, enjoy the fascinating views of the surrounding Waikato region.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 583 reviews

Tam was an amazing guide, and all the wineries were absolutely beautiful. Even though it's winter it wasn't too cold and the views were still stunning. We took some great photos, found some new favourite wine, tried oyster shots, and learned a lot about wine and Waiheke (but not so much that it was overwhelming, just the right amount of lighthearted storytelling). If you're not looking to take photos of the vines (they're dormant in winter) then winter is a great time to visit and feel like you have the wineries all to yourself, it's a real experience! Thanks again to Tam and Enjoi, we had a great time

Everything was so well organized. Highly recommend taking a guided walk, you get so much information from the guides. The birdlife is incredible. The bell birds were deafening! The island is just a wonderful experience for young and old. Average fitness will suffice, tracks can be a bit steep, and there are steps, but the pace is leisurely, as you stop for a talk every few minutes. The guides are enthusiastic volunteers, and are full of knowledge. Tip: do put your back pack on the trailer and pick it up after your guided walk. Saves your back!

Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

All staff on our tour were friendly and very knowlegable of their surroundings.

Guide David was knowledgeable and shared many info with us