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  • Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

    1. 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. ...

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

  • Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

    2. Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour

    Your half-day tour through Auckland’s indigenous culture begins with morning pickup from Auckland CBD. The first stop on your tour of New Zealand’s most bustling city is Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, more commonly known as Bastion Point, the site of significant Maori protests against intrusion onto their land by European settlers.  Afterwards, head off towards the volcanic vistas of One Tree Hill, which has significance as a Maori memorial site, and to the Wintergardens, a complex of heated gardens which date back over 100 years. Your sightseeing caps off with a visit to the Mt. Eden Volcano, the city’s most significant volcanic cone, where you’ll get unmatched views of the city and harbor. All the while, your guide will help you to understand Maori history, even teaching you some Maori sayings along the way. The last stop of your tour is at the Auckland Museum, where you’ll see a fa...

  • Auckland: Half-Day Scenic Sightseeing Tour

    3. 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 o...

  • Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

    4. Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

    Experience the best of Auckland, discovering the city sights in the morning exploring the wilderness of the coast and mountains in the afternoon. After morning pick-up from your hotel, encounter the highlights of the city and its history as you learn how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on over fifty dormant volcanic cones and between two harbors, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. Spend the afternoon in the tranquillity of the Waitakere Ranges, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Arrive at the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rainforest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard.  With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, continu...

    The guides, David and Kevin, were excellent and made it a fantastic day. I enjoyed learning so much about Auckland and New Zealand

  • Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

    5. Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

    Explore Auckland with an experienced New Zealand driver/guide on a multi-award-winning tour. Enjoy the company of a small, personalized group, allowing you to stop often for stunning photos and to access the best vantage spots that larger buses can't reach. The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD in the morning. Head to see the stunning attractions and unspoiled scenery of the City of Sails, as Auckland is affectionately known. There are plenty of opportunities to capture amazing photos that you will treasure for a lifetime. The tour stops at the major highlights of the city, including Auckland Harbor Bridge, Devonport and North Head (Maungauika), Auckland Waterfront and Viaduct, Bastion Point, Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive and Achilles Point, and the Historic Mount Eden. Check out the amazing gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, the fabulous Auckland Domain, Museum, and Win...

    What a fantastic experience. Pick up was punctual at 8.10am. David our tour guide and driver was very welcoming. Our 8 hour tour gave us a very comprehensive overview of Auckland city and it’s surrounds. We covered approximately 200klm so we certainly got to see and learn so much about the area. David’s local knowledge was excellent and delivered with humour

  • Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    6. Auckland Lanes and Local Gems 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    Auckland’s sparkling harbor is considered the jewel in the crown, but the city’s beating heart lies in its back streets, local cafés and hidden parks that most visitors miss. Uncover tucked-away gems such as the city’s theater precinct and vintage shopping venues. There is sure to be something for everyone on this 2.5 hour guided walk. Your small-group tour starts downtown with the historic bustle of Queen Street. After a brief Maori greeting, you guide will lead you off the beaten track. Traversing hidden lanes you’ll pass heritage buildings, sculptures and temples of high fashion to emerge at an early Maori fortress and volcanic park brimming with military secrets. Learn about Auckland’s early Maori history and its European colonization, then pause to admire the city’s world-renowned Art Gallery. A short ride on a local bus uptown will take you to a unique neighborhood that stands i...

  • Auckland: 3-Hour Food Tasting Walking Tour

    7. 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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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 839 reviews

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!

We loved the hobbiton movie set what made it better was really -David, Our tour (bus) guide from AUCKLAND SCENIC TOURS. He was extremely social. Very accomodating. we enjoyed his charisma! It made our trip a whole lots better! When we got tot he scene he was happy to help and took us to all the right places to take lots of photos! Definitely would recommend going with Auckland scenic tours if you’re wanting to see the hobbiton movie set!

Driver from Akl to Hobbiton is very friendly & personable. As an added bonus, he is an expert at taking good pics lol. The staff are also friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself is so magical, if your a Tolkien geek you will love it!!! A++++++++ service

Excellent tour. Definitely will recommend and use again for future travels.

Guide David was knowledgeable and shared many info with us