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3 Days in Auckland: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2014

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Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, set between two harbors of staggering beauty. Whether your passion is America's Cup sailing or relaxed harbor cruises, exploring the wilderness or shopping, dining and culture, Auckland offers an amazing range of things to see and do.

Day 1: Auckland Orientation

Discover the vibrant city of Auckland on the hop-on-hop-off bus, or get to know this lovely city on the Auckland Great Day Out. View famous landmark Mt Eden, shop in historic Parnell Village, visit the Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World and relax in Auckland Domain - the city's oldest park. If you only have one day, take the Must-Do Top Three: meet unique New Zealand wildlife at Auckland Zoo, enjoy a scenic harbor cruise and take in spectacular views from the Sky Tower.

The one must-do activity is sailing on Auckland's harbor. Choose from coffee cruises and lunch cruises, or the extravagant dinner sail aboard a 50-foot yacht.

Day 2: Auckland Outdoors and Adrenaline

Go straight to the top with the Auckland Harbour bridge climb - the 360-degree views of the city are magnificent. If you need more of a thrill, take the plunge on a breathtaking harbor bridge bungy jump, or join the crew on an actual America's Cup yacht, trying your hand at America's Cup style match racing.

Take a short trip to the great outdoors, learn to surf in the best beach locations, or go whale-watching and dolphin-spotting in beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Feel the adrenaline rush as you zoom past the islands on an Excitor jet-boat cruise, through the "Hole in the Rock" and back past Cape Brett Lighthouse.

Day 3: Auckland Day Trips

Gorgeous islands, hot bubbling mud, glow-worm caves, historic sites and fresh snowfields - there's plenty to enjoy on a day trip from Auckland.Cruise the Bay of Islands to historic Waitangi, drive to the dunes at Cape Reinga, or walk along the rugged West coast and rainforest on a great outdoors eco walking tour. Explore the majestic scenery of Great Barrier Island, ride through the illuminated grotto of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and take a thermal mud bath in Rotorua. And if the mountains are capped with snow, take a mid-week break to go skiing on Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand's winter wonderland.

Tours & Tickets

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $288.97

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter Flight, Scenic Cruise and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island’s great outdoors from the water and sky! A choice of ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $183.57

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

Hold on tight during an exciting 30-minute jet-boat ride on the Waikato River! Spinning and speeding your way to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $95.74

Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $245.63

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 211 Reviews

Discover the vibrant city of Auckland with flexibility and ease on a hop-on hop-off bus across all major sites and attractions. Complete with audio ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 1 or 2 days

From USD $35.13

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the sail on an America's Cup match racing yacht as you sail Auckland's Waitemata ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $140.53

Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

The ultimate Auckland cruise where you can experience scenic highlights of Auckland and it's surrounding islands plus it's marine mammals including dolphins ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.53

Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

A day of excitement and nature awaits on Waiheke Island, with three zipline flights above the forest, an interpretive walk through native bushland, and a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.95

Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the Matakana Coast, located less than an hour's drive from Auckland and the premier destination on New Zealand's North Island for food, wine and arts ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $272.28

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group day trip out of Auckland and visit Coromandel Peninsula, with its stunning landscapes of rugged mountain terrain nestled against idyllic ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $306.54

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