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Ponsonby Tours

Ponsonby
Until the 1970s, Ponsonby had a reputation as a crime-ridden corner of Auckland. Now it’s one of the most fashionable inner-city districts. Known for its restaurants and cafés, boutiques, bookshops, clubs, and bars—and the art galleries that line Ponsonby Road—this vibrant neighborhood also offers plenty of art hotels.
 
The Basics
To get to know the history of this neighborhood, visitors can take a heritage walk and learn about its historical buildings, including the Ponsonby Fire Station, Ponsonby Post Office, The Leys Institute, and St. Mary's Convent. Admire restored 19th-century villas during a narrated full- or half-day Auckland sightseeing tour, or let a guide introduce you to the Ponsonby district’s highlights while zipping around on an electric bike.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Trendy, chic, hip: all describe Ponsonby and its visitors.
  • Combine a tour of Queen Street, Ponsonby, and Devonport with an excursion to the Kumeu wine country.
  • Parking availability can be a challenge, especially on weekends.
 
How to Get There
Located roughly 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) west of central Auckland, Ponsonby is within walking distance of the Central Business District. Ponsonby Road and side streets provide some parking, but it can get crowded. After midnight, the bus stops become taxi stands. Pickup from centrally located hotels is provided on most tour itineraries.
 
When to Get There
There’s really no bad time to visit this hot spot in Auckland, day or night, year-round. Weekends can get busy, but that is also a perfect time to stroll the streets, enjoy a lazy brunch, or chat with the many food purveyors and boutique vendors. Sample Auckland nightlife at some of the district’s bars and restaurants.
 
Where to Find the Best Produce in Ponsonby
Ponsonby Central is a fashionable section of Ponsonby Road, full of pop-up shops and diverse eateries. It’s ideal for dining as well as shopping for organic fruits and vegetables, quality wine and cheese, baked goods, coffee, meats, fish, and more. Most of the cafés in the area offer free Wi-Fi.
Address: Auckland, New Zealand
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD50.83
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USD50.83
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Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD172.36
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Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD60.33
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USD60.33
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Amazing Private Auckland Sights Tour

Amazing Private Auckland Sights Tour

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Enjoy a convenient half-day (3.5 hours) private tour for your group of up to 9 people. This tour is designed for travellers with just a short time in the City. "See twice as much in half the time" as your local kiwi guide shows you what makes the ‘City of Sails’ so special. Enjoy panoramic views, see volcanoes and learn about Maori culture. Gain local knowledge on the best shopping, cuisine and hangouts while covering the best sights with plenty of stops for photos. We can tailor the 3.5 hours to suit your personal preferences, likes and dislikes. We can also pick up and drop you off when it suits you, and where it suits you.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD386.72
per group
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USD386.72
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Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Our team lives in this amazing country for many years. We will give you a dynamic and entertaining perspective of its people, geography and culture. With modern and comfortable vehicles we tour the city of Auckland and the most attractive tourist circuits of the North Island. If you have a different travel plan or special requirements we can advise you by designing programs that fit different travel alternatives and budgets, including accommodation and attractions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD125.22
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Gourmet Auckland Food and Wine Tour

Gourmet Auckland Food and Wine Tour

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You will travel in luxury with Anne who is a kiwi and has worked in the food and wine industry for 25 years. You will see different parts of Auckland whilst tasting food and drink from it's bustling culinary scene. Auckland is a city of many, many different cultures and cuisines and this makes it so interesting and engaging. We can adapt the tour depending on your requests and depending on what is open on the day. Come and join us on this amazing tour covering NZ's passion for wine, seafood, artisan products, cheese, honey, chocolate, beer and much more! This tour can be private/bespoke if requested.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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There’s so much to see in the heart of New Zealand's largest city that it’s hard to know where to start. This half-day tour fits in as much as possible, visiting fantastic vista points, beautiful beaches, atmospheric neighborhoods, and the downtown shopping areas. Choose from morning or afternoon tour/activity. Please bring your cameras ready for taking photos and videos. Includes: Attraction Tickets Included Pickup and drop off in Auckland central Transport by air conditioned private deluxe van Hotel pick up is offered (inner city hotels only) Free Wifi on deluxe van. Supplementary of drinks and snacks on board Friendly driver,local, and experience Tour Guide Private Transportation Additional Informations: Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Travelling children must be accompanied by adults. Private Tour/ Small Group Tour. This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers. Duration: 4 to 4.5 (approximately)
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City Tour

Auckland City Tour

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There’s so much to see in the heart of New Zealand's largest city that it’s hard to know where to start. This half-day tour fits in as much as possible, visiting fantastic vista points, beautiful beaches, atmospheric neighborhoods, and the downtown shopping areas. Choose from morning or afternoon tour/activity. Please bring your cameras ready for taking photos and videos. Includes: Attraction Tickets Included Pickup and drop off in Auckland central Transport by air conditioned private deluxe van Hotel pick up is offered (inner city hotels only) Free Wifi on deluxe van. Supplementary of drinks and snacks on board Friendly driver,local, and experience Tour Guide Private Transportation Additional Informations: Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Travelling children must be accompanied by adults. Private Tour/ Small Group Tour. This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers. Duration: 4 to 4.5 (approximately)
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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USD32.32
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Luxury Auckland City Tour - See all the attractions that Auckland has to offer!

Luxury Auckland City Tour - See all the attractions that Auckland has to offer!

Auckland city tour that includes a luxury vehicle with onboard amenities and entertainment systems where you are able to view all of the attractions that Auckland has to offer.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD111.32
Price varies by group size
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USD111.32
Price varies by group size

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD237.00
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USD237.00
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The Inside Loop: an electric bike tour of Auckland's Coolest Neighborhoods

The Inside Loop: an electric bike tour of Auckland's Coolest Neighborhoods

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Escape the tourist trail and zip around Auckland’s atmospheric neighborhoods on this electric bike tour. Follow the scenic Grafton Gully cycle way, soak up the atmosphere along Karangahape Road (‘K Road’), explore the Ponsonby district and Wynyard Quarter, and admire views of Auckland Harbour as you glide across Te Wero Bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD77.35
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USD77.35
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Half-Day Auckland City Highlights

Half-Day Auckland City Highlights

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Tour Auckland in style on this half-day, chauffeur-driven private tour. While your driver will take you to the city’s highlights—such as the Harbour Bridge, Queen Street, and Mission Bay—you can also request to stop wherever you like, to further explore and to take pictures. An ideal central-city tour for travelers short on time in the City of Sails who want to see as much as possible.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD58.93
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Private Chauffeur Driven Auckland City Tour

Private Chauffeur Driven Auckland City Tour

Make your own itinerary and benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Auckland. With a private car and driver, you'll be able to enjoy choosing where you'd like to go. Great for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour can include Auckland highlights and cover lots of ground without the lag of huge groups or tour buses. Possible stops include the Sky Tower, the waterfront, the Harbour Bridge, Queen Street, or others, accompanied by guided commentary.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD106.81
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