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3 Days in Auckland: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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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 199 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 $185.61

Waikato River Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 $79.17

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 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 $143.89

Cave Tubing at Waitomo Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Want to up the ante when it comes to inner tubing? Now you can float along a subterranean river in the Waitomo Caves! Thousands of glowworms flicker on the ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.70

Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.87

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 138 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 $196.22

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Look for whales, dolphins and seabirds in the pristine waters of Hauraki Gulf just a short boat ride from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. On this half-day whale ...  Read more

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

From USD $110.16

Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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 $81.93

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 399 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 commentary ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.98

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Take in the magnificent lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto, the volcanic island that is one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy a short ferry ...  Read more

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

From USD $41.31

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