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Things to do in Orakei, New Zealand

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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

1. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. Experience the underwater world built by the famous diver and explorer Kelly Tarlton over 30 years ago. The Aquarium remains one of Auckland's leading attractions. SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium is just a 10-minute drive (6 km/3.7 mi) from downtown Auckland. See the cool and calm king penguins and cheeky gentoos interact and swim past as you walk through the Penguin Ice Adventure exhibit.  Touch a starfish or two at our Rockpool. Learn about our turtle rehabilitation program. Stand in awe underneath the Shark Tunnel as great sand tiger sharks, giant stingrays swim past and try find the hiding carpet shark Wobbegong. Explore Seahorse Kingdom to see the world's only public display of the rarely seen spiny sea dragons.

Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

2. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

3. Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

Experience the best things to see in Auckland with a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket! The route takes approximately 1 hour to complete however, you will want to hop off and take your time to discover the great city sights, tree-lined streets, picturesque beaches, and fashionable shopping districts at your own pace. The Auckland Explorer Bus is a great way to navigate your way around New Zealand’s largest city. Locations include Downtown Auckland Bastion Point Lookout Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland Museum Parnell Village Newmarket Auckland Art Gallery  Sky City and Sky Tower

Auckland: Ship to Shore Half-Day Excursion

4. 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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What people are saying about Orakei, New Zealand

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 210 reviews

Historical landmarks, Volcanic history and the views were amazing. Maungauika reserve with the old military tunnels and cannons was mind blowing to walk through and learn about. David took us everywhere. Very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. This is a must do for NZers like us or tourists from overseas. The views you capture on camera from all different bays of Auckland. Highlight of our holiday to Auckland.

Excellent tour. Great itinerary. Our guide David was excellent, very knowledgeable and clearly proud of his city. Overall this tour exceeded our expectations. Great value for money. I would definitely recommend.

Mike was a friendly engaging fellow with lots of useful information to share. Be aware that you will spend a lot of time in traffic but for us it was fun to look at the shops and homes as we drove around.

The free shuttle bus out of town is a little hard to find. Everything else is really worth an extended visit.

David did a great job showing and telling us all the highlights of Auckland. Thank you, David.