Day Trips from Auckland to Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve - Cathedral Cove

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  • Auckland Self-Guided Audio Tour

    1. Auckland Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy stunning Auckland which sits atop an area with 50 plus dormant volcanoes! This action packed audio tour will lead you around the vibrant city where you'll learn about its colonial occupation, and its history with the Māori people. You’ll be able to enjoy views from the top of the iconic Sky Tower and visit the local favorite Albert Park. You'll also see St Mathews in the City, the Civic Theater, Aotea Square, Myers Park, St Kevin's Arcade, Baptist Tabernacle, the Descending Pohutakawa, Khartoum Place (Women's Suffrage), and the Art Gallery. In Albert Park, you'll be able to see the Second Boer War Memorial with the Sir George Grey Statue, Alfred Nathan House, the Clock Tower Building, the Old Government House, Maclaurin Chapel and University House. This is a fairly long tou...

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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: Private Personalized Walk

    8. Waiheke Island: Private Personalized Walk

    Enjoy a small group tour of Waiheke Island with your experienced local guide. The tour covers all areas of Waiheke Island and the itinerary can be designed to best suit your interests and requirements. Connect with nature and learn how you can contribute to local conservation efforts, either here or close to your home. You're sure to learn something new, either about the New Zealand environment, Waiheke Island or the Hauraki Gulf. Let the local partner help introduce you to these amazing surroundings as you explore coastal tracks and art walks. If there are any other outdoor activities that you wish to try while you are on the island, the local partner will be happy to help arrange these.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

    9. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

    Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour to the magical and enchanting Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Movie Set. You will have the movie set almost entirely to yourself. See how this beautiful piece of farmland has been transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Start off your adventure with pickup from your centrally located hotel or the Auckland Sky Tower. Travel south in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz. Look out the van's extra-large windows on the scenic drive to Matamata over the Bombay Hills and through the beautiful Hauraki Plains. Listen to facts and anecdotes from your guide clearly via a hi-tech audio system. When you arrive at Hobbiton, take a 2-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take plenty of time to explore the locations you’ve seen at home. Pose for photos in front of your favorite places like the Hobbit Holes and The Mill. At the end of the ...

    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!

  • Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    10. 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!

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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