Auckland Harbour Bridge Tours

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a landmark site on the city’s skyline. The 8-lane engineering marvel connects downtown Auckland with North Shore suburbs. Visitors can experience the bridge and the stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour from several vantage points: while driving over it, climbing it, or jumping off it.
 
The Basics
The 3,348-foot-long (1,020 meter) Auckland Harbour Bridge was built in 1959 to connect the central and northern parts of Auckland. Aside from its impressive steel construction, the views from it are perhaps its greatest attraction, with hundreds of sailboats on the twinkling waters below, views of the central Auckland skyline, and Rangitoto Island’s volcanic peak in the distance.
 
Many visitors will cross the bridge at some point during their travels in and around Auckland. While anyone (with a license) can drive over the bridge, pedestrians only have access via a guided tour. A fun way to see the bridge and the surrounding views is to book a bridge climbing tour, which takes visitors to the top arch and away from the traffic below. Or, enjoy a scenic harbor cruise and take in views of the bridge from the water.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours to the bridge tend to fill up quickly in the peak season (summer), so book ahead.
  • To see the bridge from the water, catch a North Shore-bound ferry from downtown Auckland.
  • The bridge is quite exposed to the elements, so take plenty of layers and sunscreen if climbing the bridge.
 
How to Get There
The Auckland Harbour Bridge connects Saint Marys Bay on the Auckland city side to Northcote on the North Shore. To drive across, follow the road signs on State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. To catch a bus, get on a North Shore-bound bus from Central Auckland. For any other kind of access, your tour company will usually transfer you from a downtown location or agreed meeting point.
 
When to Get There
The bridge is open 24/7, except during roadwork, and can be drive at any time. It tends to get congested on weekdays during morning and evening rush hours. Guided tours giving pedestrian access generally run during normal working hours, excluding public holidays.
 
Bungy Jump Off the Harbour Bridge
If climbing the bridge seems a bit too tame, consider bungy jumping off it instead. The extreme sport was born in New Zealand, so there’s hardly a better place to try it. The bridge sits 143 feet (44 meters) above the water, and as you plunge toward it you can enjoy the views of the sea, city, islands, and hills in the distance.
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Address: Northern Motorway, Auckland, New Zealand
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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Full-day Bay of Islands, Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Cruise Tour from Auckland

The Bay of Islands is one of the highlights of New Zealand’s North Island and a cruise is the ideal way to soak up the scenery. On this full-day tour from Auckland, set sail on a dolphin-watching cruise from Paihia, see the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and glide beneath the Hole in the Rock.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Auckland City Highlights Tour

This 3-hour sightseeing coach tour of Auckland is the perfect choice if you are short on time. Travel to key city highlights, from the heritage buildings of Queen Street to the stunning views over Viaduct Harbor and Waitemata Harbour. You’ll drive through Auckland Domain, visit the village of Parnell and follow the waterfront along Tamaki Drive. Hear commentary from the guide, who provides round-trip transport from selected hotels. Choose either a morning or afternoon departure.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland Discovery City Tour

See Queen Street, the Auckland Viaduct, Auckland Domain and more on a half-day city tour of Auckland. An informative guide takes you over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore for views of the skyline, stops in the charming village of Parnell for morning tea and continues along Tamaki Drive. Combine your sightseeing with one of seven possible upgrades: Devonport ferry; Sky Tower; Kelly Tarlton’s; War Memorial Museum and Maori cultural performance; harbor cruise; lunch on the ‘Pride of Auckland’ yacht; and seasonal wine tasting.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: 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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour

Get a personalized introduction to Auckland’s most important sights on a half-day tour for your group of up to 11 people. Make the most of your time in Auckland with a convenient trip that includes round-trip hotel transfer from centrally-located Auckland hotels.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

Scale the Auckland Harbour Bridge, from its base to the summit, on a thrilling bridge climb. Clamber along custom-engineered catwalks on an easy walk with a professional guide, who points out the Sky Tower and other Auckland landmarks. Suit up in safety equipment and watch bungy jumpers plunge toward Waitemata Harbour. This experience includes round-trip coach transport from the Maritime Museum.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City Harley Davidson Tour

Coast down Auckland city streets and across the Harbour Bridge on a 2-hour tour by Harley Davidson motorcycle. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride with a guide who acts as your knowledgeable chauffeur and operates within the highest safety standards, cruising down roads ideally suited to motorcycle touring. Enjoy views over Waitemata Harbour and the city skyline from Mt Eden and visit charming Parnell village.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Helicopter Sightseeing Tours Auckland and Waiheke

See Auckland from the sky on this helicopter sightseeing tour. Choose the tour that fits your schedule and your interests – grab stunning aerial photographs of the city to show your friends back home, or take the longer tour and get unique views of hard-to-access islands in the Hauraki Gulf. This tour is a great way to get acquainted with Auckland: your pilot doubles as your guide, pointing out highlights that you can visit once you’re back on the ground.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

Venture around the North Island in your very own luxury vehicle on this 8-day private tour from Auckland. You’ll visit Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park and Wellington, with sightseeing tours, nature walks, natural hot springs and beach strolls sprinkled into your itinerary, plus plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. Learn about New Zealand wildlife and Maori culture from a knowledgeable private guide who takes you to hot spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation in your choice of 3- to 5-star hotels including breakfast.
  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Duration: 8 days
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Auckland Sunset and Night Photography Tour

Focus your camera lens on Auckland at night during a photography tour with an expert photographer who serves as your guide. Begin with the vivid colors of sunset reflected in Waitemata Harbour. You’ll appreciate views of the city from Mt Victoria, Northcote and Auckland Harbour Bridge, then drive around the waterfront to see Mission Bay. Snap photos of colonial houses and St Mary's Church in Parnell, and learn to frame the illuminated Auckland War Memorial Museum just right.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland Sights and Bites Small-Group Walking Tour

Auckland’s culture, history, and cuisine has been shaped by its location on the sea. Learn all about all three on this fun, small-group walking tour with a local guide. Sample local seafood while listening to stories from Maori history and checking out the beautiful city-meets-sea views. Visit the Auckland Fish Market and admire the yachts that give Auckland the nickname ‘the City of Sails’.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bay of Islands Transfer Pass from Auckland

Get from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands the easy way with this bus transfer pass. The handy pass will save you time and hassle in Auckland, so you can maximize your stay in the beautiful winterless north. Plus, enjoy guided commentary on board the bus, which will tell you all about the history, nature, and culture of the Bay of Islands.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sail away on a 2.5-hour harbor cruise in Auckland and enjoy a 3-course dinner during a memorable tour of Waitemata Harbour highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Set out aboard a sailing yacht from Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy service in the dining room while at anchor in Westhaven Marina. As evening falls, your expert captain shares informative facts about Auckland and its iconic sights.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission

Learn all about Auckland during a comprehensive 5-hour tour by bus and boat. Start your day with a 2.5-hour bus tour of the City of Sails, then continue with a 1.5-hour boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour and a visit to the Sky Tower. Take in highlights such as historical buildings in downtown Auckland, the waterfront beaches along Tamaki Drive, and views of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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3-Hour Auckland Express Tour

Step off the tourist trail and discover hidden corners of New Zealand’s largest city on this 3-hour Auckland express bus tour. Travel with your guide to One Tree Hill, Mt Eden Volcano, the Wintergardens, Parnell Village and the historic Holt Trinity Church. Visit Bastion Point for panoramic views over Waitemata Harbour, and admire beautiful houses along Paratai Drive. Delve into Auckland’s rich maritime history, see a working farm in action and gain insight into the native Maori heritage for which New Zealand is famous.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Glide past the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and Devonport Naval Base on a cruise from Waitemata Harbour. Your tour includes morning or afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience

Enjoy time aboard a sailing yacht on Waitemata Harbour. Your 1.5-hour Auckland cruise sets sail from Viaduct Harbour, passing the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina and Devonport while you listen to informative commentary on the sights. Relax as you take in the views or help the crew sail the vessel — it’s up to you.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump

Auckland bridge bungy jumping is the ultimate thrill — an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Suspended over Waitemata Harbour, you’ll leap from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Take an exclusive bridge walk to the purpose-built Bungy Pod and feel the adrenaline as you plunge 131 feet (40 meters) toward the water. Just try to keep your eyes open so you can enjoy the views while airborne!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Auckland Seaplane Tour

Explore the aerial terrain around the Auckland region and its volcanic Island’s during a 40-minute seaplane tour. Fly over Auckland landmarks such as the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge, and take in the bird's-eye views of Lake Pupuke, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe, and Brown’s islands from above before a landing next to the Harbour Bridge. Hear live commentary from the pilot on natural features such as white-sand beaches and volcanic craters dotting the Hauraki Gulf. Select a morning or afternoon flight.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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  • Duration: 40 minutes
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3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

Explore the Bay of Islands’ rocky islets and pristine beaches on a 3-day tour from Auckland. This comprehensive tour through the Northland includes: a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to discover Maori history; a drive along Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand; a boat cruise through the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock; and a sightseeing tour of historic Russell. Enjoy two nights’ overnight accommodation before returning by coach to Auckland.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Full-Day Auckland Scenic Tour

Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just one day. Snap photos of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill; take in the views from Tamaki Drive and Mission Bay; explore vibrant neighborhoods like Ponsonby; and visit off-the-beaten-track attractions like Muriwai Beach, the Auckland Domain and Parnell.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Waiheke Island Lunch or Dinner by Seaplane from Auckland

Fly from Auckland to Waiheke Island on a narrated seaplane flight over the Hauraki Gulf, with aerial views of the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge and Motutapu Island. You’ll enjoy a 3-course meal of seasonal produce and seafood with a glass of sparkling wine at the Oyster Inn, an award-winning restaurant in the charming village of Oneroa. Then return to Auckland at your leisure by ferry.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD329.81
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Matakana Coast and Country Tour

Experience country life in New Zealand with a full-day tour to the beachside market town of Matakana from Auckland. See New Zealand’s largest display of live bees at the Honey Centre in Warkworth; discover local handicrafts with a tour of Morris & James Pottery; and walk beneath ancient kauri trees in the Parry Kauri Park. After a typical country-style lunch, learn more about the region’s fascinating history at Warkworth's Early Settlers Museum and the heritage village of Puhoi.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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