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

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

10 out of 10. Brilliant service. Unfortunately the weather wasn't that good - rained all day, but it didn't detract from my tour of Auckland. I will certainly return one day and explore more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour is good value for money, lots of interesting places to visit, good commentary and much enjoyed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We took out the two day pass and used it both days. Goes to all the highlights and it was only a block to catch it from our hotel at The Rydges.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good hours of operation friendly and helpful personnel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

extremely happy with all our viator tours have all ready recommended them to friends and will definetly use them in the future . extremely well organised

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great way to see Aucklands important sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

very well organized with excellent info and suggestions
However one driver left me standing at the Aquarium after he saw me waving and just left with my friends inside the bus asking him to stop he still didnt.
the postings for these buses not very well visable every where and bus drivers dont tell you where to be when you want back on or the time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A lot of fun and very good price

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Your tour guides/bus drivers were all great! Thank you!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great way to see the city in a short amount of time. It's also way more efficient and cost effective than cabs or other forms of public transit when you don't know where you're going and don't have time to get lost.

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