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See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with audio commentary, the bus tour takes one hour to complete the loop. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.


  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of Auckland
  • Create your own sightseeing itinerary
  • Stay on the bus for the loop or hop off to visit Auckland attractions
  • Listen to informative commentary on board
  • Bus ticket valid for one or two days

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What You Can Expect

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Start your Auckland hop-on hop-off bus tour at the Ferry Building, which overlooks the harbor. You can create your own sightseeing itinerary with a flexible ticket, valid for one or two days. Listen to interesting audio commentary during the entire 1-hour loop on the red circle or blue circle route. Buses depart every 30 minutes in summer and hourly in winter.

If you’d like, hop on and off throughout the day to explore Auckland on your own or visit top attractions. Discover New Zealand history at the Auckland Museum, meet King and Gentoo penguins at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, and soak up the city skyline from the Sky Tower, to name a few.


Auckland Hop-On Hop Off Stops

Red Circle Route:

  • Ferry Building - Built in 1912 as a centerpiece to the harbour, and operates ferry services to Devenport and Hauruki Gulf islands
  • Bastion Point Lookout- Short walk to Mission Bay Beach and offers views of Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour
  • Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium - Home to an extensive display of aquatic life and largest penguin colony in captivity
  • Parnell Rose Park Gardens - Visit between October and April to see the blooms at their best!
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral - A place of worship, learning, art and architecture
  • Auckland Museum - Three expansive levels house the history of New Zealand within its walls
  • Parnell Village - Oldest suburb in New Zealand with great galleries, cafes, restaurants and charming boutique-style stores
  • Civic Theater Corner - The main street of down town Auckland and a short walk to the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Sky City and Sky Tower - See the city from a vantage point of 192m above street level, sky walk around the tower or sky jump if you dare!

Blue Circle Route:

  • Winter Gardens - Lovely duck pond set within a natural spring
  • Eden Gardens - Described and New Zealand's best kept secret, this garden is a delightful mix of art and craft gardening
  • Mt Eden - Auckland's highest point with great views overlooking the city and harbour
  • St Lukes Westfield Shopping Center - Auckland's largest shopping mall
  • Auckland Zoo - The largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand
  • Museum of Transport and Technology - Take an interactive journey and see how technology has shaped New Zealand

Customer Reviews

Vikram N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Good way to see the city and experience what Auckland has to offer

kaye n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour bus drivers were excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the places of interest pointed out. Very well done!!

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great way of seeing Auckland. Buses on time, commentary excellent.

Patsy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very easy and fun way to sightsee. Convenient. Loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We spent 2 days on this tour and enjoyed the flexability.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent, we were able to get around the city easily, although a little disappointed as we wanted to visit the MOTAT museum. We got to the stop only to be informed it was closed. We wish the driver had mentioned this at the pick up.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I did enjoy getting off the bus and walking up the mountain and all the buses were on time that I used.

Lorraine J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great way to see the city on our three day visit pre-cruise. Also for cruise passengers, it would be very convenient to access right from the cruise terminal, just steps to the Ferry Building. Highly recommend the Auckland Museum.

Starr L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Enjoyed Auckland sights very much. Great way to see a lot of the area.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Always a great way to get to know a new city and this was no exception. Buses were very frequent and ran to timetable. Great value for money.

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