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Top Day Trips from Auckland

By Viator, January 2018

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New Zealand’s largest city makes a strategic starting point for taking in the highlights of the North Island. Once you’ve explored Auckland City’s sights, here are your options for day tours, from Hobbits and wine tasting to rafting through caves.

Waiheke Island — about 40 minutes by ferry from Auckland
With its scenic vineyards, olive groves, and sandy beaches, Waiheke Island is a natural playground, just minutes from Auckland. Cruise out to indulge in a wine tasting lunch, zoom through the trees on a thrilling zipline course, go bush walking, and enjoy spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf.

Hobbiton — 105 miles (170 km) southeast of Auckland
Journey to Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, one of the most famous filming locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Peek inside the hobbit holes, see actual props and sets from the movies, then grab a drink at the Shire’s Rest café or the Green Dragon Inn.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves — 122 miles (196 km) south of Auckland
The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand’s most visited attractions, and the natural wonder makes a memorable addition to any day trip. Cruise through the glowworm grotto, admire the dramatic limestone formations, or get your adrenaline pumping by rafting along the subterranean river.

Rotorua — 142 miles (228 km) southeast of Auckland
Rotorua is home to some of the North Island’s most impressive geothermal landscapes, and it’s easy to take in the top attractions on a day trip. Marvel at the bubbling mud pools, geysers, and hot springs at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, or the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley; spot Kiwi birds in the Rainbow Springs wildlife park; and learn about the region’s Maori heritage at the Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, null
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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 362 Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $254.92
Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

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See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.35
Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

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Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Dellows Waiheke and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $113.47
Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set, Auckland, Wine Tasting ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the 'Hobbit' trilogies were filmed. You and your ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $332.83
Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

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Explore the Bay of Islands on a full day trip from Auckland and discover the historic sites of Waitangi and Russell. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.52
Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

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Enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.15
Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

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Explore and admire Auckland's largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon eco-tour. You'll be picked up from your centrally located ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.25
Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

A day of excitement and nature awaits on Waiheke Island, with three zipline flights above the forest, an interpretive walk through native bushland, and a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.02
Full-Day Hobbiton Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Eco Tours
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Full-Day Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

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Explore the home of Bilbo Baggins and friends on this full-day Hobbiton tour from Auckland. Travel into Matamata with a guide and admire panoramic views over ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.53
Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Discover why Waiheke Island is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan wines on this premium tour of three vineyards. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.90

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