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

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

A hop-on hop-off bus tour of Auckland is a great way to see the vibrant city when you’re short on time. After your ship pulls into port, use your unlimited Day Pass or Family Pass on a shore excursion to the ‘City of Sails.’  Buses depart every 30 minutes, with stops near the cruise port. Enjoy the flexibility and ease of creating your own sightseeing itinerary as you’re free to hop on and off at your leisure. Listen to audio commentary en route to Auckland's main attractions.


  • 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

This hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to explore Auckland, especially if this is your first visit to the ‘City of Sails.’ When your cruise ship docks, make your way to Queens Wharf, located within a 5-minute walk. Step aboard a double-decker bus that offers unrivaled views as you traverse the city along two separate routes, each taking 1 hour to complete.

Sightseeing buses depart every 30 minutes throughout the day and include over 14 stops where you can hop off at major Auckland attractions including the Sky Tower, Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland Zoo and Devonport Ferry. As you travel each loop, listen to a comprehensive audio commentary to learn about the sights.

You determine the time you return to your ship in Auckland; please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the tour and ensure your timely return to the port. This shore 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 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 November 2015

A great day out, the drivers were very knowledgeable and seemed to love telling you about the city.

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 November 2015

good value

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.

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