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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:1 day (approx.)

Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, see the best of the city on an Auckland hop-on hop-off shore excursion. Discover the vibrant city with flexibility and ease on your tour of all the major sites and attractions. You're free to hop on and off at your leisure, and your tour is accompanied by an audio commentary. It's the perfect way to explore if you have limited time, especially if this is your first visit to the city.


  • Auckland shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Visit Auckland’s top 14 attractions
  • See Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Museum, the Sky Tower and many more sites
  • Hop on and off to visit Auckland's top attractions
  • Listen to the interesting audio commentary
  • Not covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off  Bus Tour

Auckland Harbour Bridge

When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, step aboard a comfortable, double-decker bus that offers unbeatable views as you travel through Auckland on two different routes and visit the city’s 14 big attractions.

Buses leave every 30 minutes, exploring such sites as Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Museum, Mt Eden and the Sky Tower, to name just a few.

The Auckland hop-on hop-off is an all day sightseeing tour that takes one hour to complete an entire loop, or you can choose to hop on and off during the day, visiting Auckland's attractions along the way.

As you travel the loop, listen to a comprehensive audio commentary to learn more about the sights!

This excursion is located within a five-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Auckland. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.


Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour stops (Red Route):

  • Ferry Building - Built in 1912 as a centerpiece to the harbor, and operates ferry services to Devonport and Hauraki Gulf islands
  • Bastion Point Lookout - Short walk to Mission Bay Beach and offers views of Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium - Home to an extensive display of aquatic life and the 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 downtown Auckland and a short walk to the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Sky City and Sky Tower - See the city from a vantage point of 630 feet (192 meters) above street level, sky walk around the tower or sky jump if you dare!

Auckland Explorer Bus stops (Blue Route):

  • Winter Gardens - Beautiful glasshouses filled with exotic plants and flowers
  • Eden Gardens - Described as 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 harbor
  • St Luke's 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 June 2015

A well organized and professional tour.
Highlights of the tour were Bastion Point and the beautiful Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Gardens,Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary's Church,Mt. Eden and the spectacular views from the Sky Tower.
Elise SA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was well organized with friendly staff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very convenient way to visit Auckland. My friend and I did both routes and got off the bus at leisure. Auckland was amazing. And buses were prompt and the stop service and drivers were great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Well run operation.
Friendly staff.
Interesting stops.
Great value.
Loved it.
Wish I had stayed another day and gotten a two day pass.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

bus was good seen a lot of auckland and surrounds did blue and red circle on bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent way to get an overview of NZ. Good commentary.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Great tour/s of the city but the day we were there it was very busy and we couldn't always get on a bus at the stop we were at.
A great idea.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

We enjoyed this tour. It gave us an opportunity to see Auckland at a reasonable price.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This tour was interesting in as much as we saw a lot of interesting landmarks

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

bus left frequently from all stops, got to see alot of Auckland by doing this.
Didnt get to see any double decker bus's they were all single level

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