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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

Aparjeet N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Helpful drivers. You don and #39;t need 2 days to do Auckland and #39;s main tourist spots. Chose what you want to see depending on your interests. The pass covers both red and blue lines. They connect(you change) at the Museum. Spend the extra time doing some boat trips or bungee jumps etc.

Lisa I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very well organized and really appreciated the commentary along on the way. Directions were clear. We did this in Melbourne and it wasn't half as well managed.

Lois M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great all round journey thank you

Kenneth A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We only had a fairly short time to use this tour but it gave us a wonderful overview of Auckland.

Margie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Sadly, it was raining during the tour but my brother and I had a blast at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. Rains stopped at Auckland Museum and so we had great pictures there. Great way to tour Auckland!

Kenneth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent orientation to the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Though it shower and I and #39;m prepared for it. Managed to capture half of the 14 highlights..?


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very much enjoyed this HoHo trip - great stopping points - great buses and conductor who was helpful when asked questions and even offering some options. Well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I just want to say that it was a great service and our driver " Jon" was terrific. Very informative, easy to understand, helpful and made our Auckland experience great. Great overview. I would highly ricommind this sirvice to vasators to Auckland! ( my best kiwi accent)

Karl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a great way to see a city and make notes as to what we would like to see in the 3 days we had.
As we had a 3 day pass we were able to us the bus to get to the sights we planed to visit every day. Great value for money.

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