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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

While your ship is in port in Auckland, combine sightseeing, a boat cruise and sky-high views from the Sky Tower so you can see the city from all angles. A professional guide points out popular attractions such as Quay Street, the Auckland Museum, and Dominion Parks and Gardens. You’ll visit the Tamaki waterfront and glide under the Harbour Bridge during your 90-minute cruise on Waitemata Harbour. This shore excursion shows you the many sides to Auckland, New Zealand’s premier city.


  • Auckland city tour, harbor cruise and Sky Tower shore excursion
  • Tour Auckland’s city-center sights and gardens
  • See attractions like the Harbour Bridge and Waitemata Harbour, Auckland Museum, Dominion Parks and Gardens, and the Tamaki Waterfront
  • Enjoy a 90-minute cruise around Auckland's harbor
  • Admire Auckland from above at the Sky Tower
  • Browse the tower’s audiovisual displays on the history of Auckland
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

When your ship pulls into port, meet your guide at the cruise terminal to begin your Auckland shore excursion. You’ll experience the North Island’s largest city from multiple perspectives: from the ground up, from Waitemata Harbour and from the top of the Sky Tower.

Begin your sightseeing with a driving tour through Auckland. View key spots like Queen Street, Auckland University, Auckland Museum, Quay Street, and Dominion Parks and Gardens. Along scenic Tamaki Drive, your guide follows the waterfront route past sandy beaches with sparkling views of Auckland’s two island-dotted harbors.

From here, you’re transferred to the 1,075-foot (328-meter) Sky Tower — the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. From the sky-high observation deck, soak up the Auckland cityscape and harbor views, and discover the city’s history via audiovisual displays.

Once you come down from the Tower you are transferred down to Pier 2B and at 1.30pm embark on a 90-minute cruise. Coast under the Harbour Bridge and see the volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island, one of the dormant remains among 49 surrounding volcanoes. You’ll see Devonport and Westhaven Marina, then enjoy tea or coffee and a muffin before returning to the Ferry Terminal.

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

Richard Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very good experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour worth doing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very through as the bus then the cruise. The sky tower was awesome.
Would highly recommend. The bus driver very informative and good.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Good trip

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent tour and excellent guide/bus driver. However, the tour was listed as a shore excursion, but the starting point was not clear to us. The paperwork said to meet at the Hilton Hotel, which we did, but that is not where the tour was. We finally found it, but it was a bit stressful.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We had the best time, the City Sightseeing Tour was great, the Harbour Ruise was fantastic the weather was lovely and hot, and the Sky Tower was something else. One great day.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

A pleasant experience to see the beautiful city.

Roy B

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Enjoyed the day but the boats and schedules were not well explained. On some stops the return boats are few and very far between shortening what can be done. The biggest problem is that the boats going to different stops are not the same necessitating a return all the way back to the beginning to go to the next place. This needs to be better explained with selling this venue.


4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This is a tour that I would have have highly recommend except for the few details that I will mention later. The city tour had a lot to offer and see. Our driver was one of the nicest guys you could meet. He was very friendly and knowledgable. Some of the stops were a bit rushed, but that is to be expecting on a tour such as this that has so much to see. It seem as if every turn down every street would bring you to the end, and then there was more to see and hear about.
The trip to the Sky Tower was very nice, offering the chance to see everything from high above the ground. My husband and I have done this sort of high-rise sightseeing in many world cities, so to some who have done the same, this may seem like looking down on yet another big city, but for those who don't get the chance to travel as often, it is amazing to see the massive city.
The habor cruise was okay but not great. The speaker system was very difficult to hear unless you are seated inside of the boat, and who wants to do that when you are planning to take pictures and feel the breeze on your face. The stops that we made were very rushed - 10 minutes at best to make your way to shore and get back onto the boat. Because of this is the lower rating then highly recommended.

Linda C

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

We had a great time on the excusion.

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