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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour

See the sights of Auckland on a 3-hour small-group shore excursion in the ‘City of Sails.’ A knowledgeable guide takes you by mini-coach across the Harbour Bridge to tour the city center. You’ll drive along Queen Street and the suburb of Ponsonby, take a stroll at Devonport’s Narrow Neck Beach, visit the Auckland Fish Market and see the city spread out before you from the summit of Mt Victoria. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure personalized attention.


  • Auckland small-group city tour
  • Travel along Queen Street in the heart of the central business district
  • See the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby
  • Stroll along Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Auckland from the summit of Mount Victoria
  • Visit Auckland Fish Market and the new Wynyard Quarter
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour

When your cruise ship pulls into port, set out on a small-group shore excursion in Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails.’ 

Start your 3-hour sightseeing tour with port pickup by mini-coach. Your guide provides informative commentary on notable landmarks, starting with a drive along Queen Street in the Central Business District (CBD). View Auckland University and the 185-acre (75-hectare) Auckland Domain, Auckland's oldest park, before your tour continues past lovely Victorian structures in the nearby suburb of Ponsonby.

Crossing the Harbour Bridge, your guide delivers you to the North Shore. Upon reaching the town of Devonport, get out to stroll Narrow Neck Beach, which boasts views of the extinct volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island. Enjoy a bit of free time in Devonport or Takapuna before driving to the top of Mt Victoria for sweeping views over Auckland.

Returning across the Harbour Bridge, discover the Westhaven marina and visit the Auckland Fish Market for a glimpse of local fishmongers selling fresh seafood. Finish your tour at the lively waterfront of Viaduct Harbour before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Had a fabulous time. The driver was a fantastic Tour Guide. Would recommend this tour .......many thanks. Phil


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a very informative and fun tour. Saw a lot of the city, had lots of background on various parts, and lots of funny stories. Would definitely recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great tour and Dawn our guide was excellent easily one of our best tours

Dean and Evelia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A great way to see Auckland when time is limited. The tour conductor was friendly and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was an excellent tour and Dawn was an excellent driver/commentator. I would highly recommend this to other travelers.

Glen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A really interesting tour. The guide was excellent and had a lot of knowledge of the history of Auckland. The time went very fast. Excellent Value

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014


Brij K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The driver/guide for the Auckland City Tour was the best we had out of the eight days of Land Excursions we took while cruising around New Zealand. The driver/guide was very knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. I wish the cuise lines hired Viator and your guides for all of their Land Excursions!!

William L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

With only 1 day in Auckland this tour gave us a fantastic overview of the city, seeing highlights such as Devonport and Mt Victoria lookout stress-free. Our guide David, shared his local knowledge well. Pick up and drop off at our cruise ship made it vey convenient. We still had time to explore city around ship.

Chandra S

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Very good tour. Could cover quite a few places in a short time. The driver Alan was very knowledgeable and he provided excellent commentary.

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