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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 - 6 hours

Auckland Discovery City Tour

See Queen Street, the Auckland Viaduct, Auckland Domain and more on a half-day city tour of Auckland. An informative guide takes you over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore for views of the skyline, stops in the charming village of Parnell for morning tea and continues along Tamaki Drive. Combine your sightseeing with one of seven possible upgrades: Devonport ferry; Sky Tower; Kelly Tarlton’s; War Memorial Museum and Maori cultural performance; harbor cruise; lunch on the ‘Pride of Auckland’ yacht; and seasonal wine tasting.


  • Half-day morning tour of Auckland
  • Cross the harbor bridge to the north shore
  • See Auckland Domain the city's oldest park
  • Enjoy the morning tea at the quaint village of Parnell
  • Travel along the scenic Tamaki Drive for water views

What You Can Expect

Auckland Discovery City Tour

Discover Auckland City Tour

After hotel pickup by coach, your Auckland sightseeing tour begins with a drive over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore, providing views of the harbor and city skyline. Returning to the central city, your guide takes you to Queen Street and the Auckland Viaduct before traversing Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.

Stop in the quaint village of Parnell for morning tea and meander past the specialty shops and stylish boutiques housed in heritage-listed buildings. Then finish at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park in Mission Bay, reached via the Tamaki Drive waterfront. Enjoy great photo ops over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour before drop-off at your hotel.

If you’d like, upgrade your tour with one of the following options:

Devonport Ferry
Ride the ferry across the harbor to Devonport and spend your afternoon in one of the city's oldest suburbs. Wander the Victorian streets, browse art galleries, stop at cafes or climb to the top of Mt Victoria for splendid views.

Sky Tower
The 1,076-foot-high (328-meter) Sky Tower is New Zealand’s tallest manmade building, providing panoramic views over Auckland from the observation platform.

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Observe giant stingrays at Stingray Bay, tropical species in the Fish Gallery, and king and gentoo penguins at Penguin Discovery. Then find moray eels, sharks and more in the Underwater World.

Maori Cultural Performance and Museum
See collections on New Zealand military and natural history at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy a cultural performance by local Maori dancers and singers.

Fullers Harbour Cruise
Swap the bustling city for a cruise on shimmering Auckland Harbour. Pass by the Harbour Bridge and the Devonport Naval Base — home of the Royal New Zealand Navy — as you listen to onboard commentary about the sights.

Pride of Auckland Sailing Cruise with Lunch
Set sail over the tranquil waters of Waitemata Harbour on the Pride of Auckland sailboat. Cruise past the ‘City of Sails’ as you relax with a boxed picnic lunch box on board.

Wine on Waiheke (November to March only)
Taste bountiful wines on Waiheke Island during a guided tour to three notable wineries: Mudbrick, the Goldie Room and Te Whau. Ride the ferry across the Hauraki Gulf and enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland skyline and island-strewn waters. (Participants must be 18 years of age or older.)

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

extremely good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We found our driver very informative, he took the time to explain the history of Auckland in detail and answer any questions we had about the town and New Zealand in general.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very informative and friendly guide...great overall intro to Auckland!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Although there were only a few guests on this trip our tour guide, Megan, gave us the full treatment and made the whole experience very friendly and personal. There was plenty of time for photos, some leisure time for coffee and shopping and lots of vantage points for sightseeing. Megan's commentary was informative and fun.

Emilencia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Insightful tour into the City of Sails, we saw everything there is to see! Our Driver -Guide was funny, informative and organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Exactly what you would expect for a Discovery City Tour. A perfect experience to see important elements of the city with enough history and background to either get good overview or whet interest for more!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

The tour was very good and I would recomend it to any visitors. Last year we complained about a tour we did in Miami USA and got no response.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

It was excellent, the tour guides were funny and full of detail about Auckland and New Zealand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Excellent tour. The coach driver was super fantastic. Very knowledgable about the area, curteous and most helpful.
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