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Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

1. 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 City & West Coast Luxury Tour

2. Auckland City & West Coast Luxury Tour

Enjoy spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, several ancient volcanoes in the Auckland isthmus, untamed coastline, black and golden sand beaches, subtropical rainforest with the famous Kauri trees and unique indigenous flora and fauna. This tour will show you why Auckland is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Drive through Auckland Domain and see some of New Zealand’s most beautiful buildings, including Auckland Museum. Continue with a drive through the suburb of Parnell, restored in the old colonial style and with many beautiful mansions. Along the waterfront of Tamaki Drive, view several of Auckland’s stunning beaches. These are just some of the main highlights. From 09:00 to the end of the day, your tour aims to show you as much of Auckland and in as much detail as possible.

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4.8 / 5

based on 68 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.

Wonderful experience getting to know the surrounding Auckland area. During the tour there was a fountain of information shared with us regarding the native history of the Maori tribes. Highly recommended!

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.

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