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How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland

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How to Spend 3 Days in Auckland
With three days in Auckland, there’s enough time to explore the city and harbors, amp up the adventure level with a choice of gravity-defying activities, and take an excursion to cultural and scenic destinations not far from the City of Sails. Here’s how to maximize a 3-day trip to this world-class metropolis on New Zealand’s North Island.

Day 1: Highlights and Harbors
Discover the vibrant city of Auckland on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and get acquainted with the highlights at your own pace. Visit Mt. Eden, browse the Parnell Village boutiques, ascend the Sky Tower, and stroll around Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Alternatively, opt for an aerial sightseeing tour by seaplane or helicopter, with guided narration about significant landmarks like the Auckland Harbour Bridge. You can also experience the city with a Maori guide and catch a cultural performance at the Auckland Museum. A must-do for families is a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World for a look at New Zealand wildlife. 
 
Once you’ve got the lay of the land, embark on a scenic harbor lunch or dinner cruise and take in spectacular views aboard a catamaran or sailing yacht. Alternatively, Waiheke Island, located in the Hauraki Gulf, is a popular destination for food and wine tours.

Day 2: Outdoor and Adrenaline Adventures
A proper New Zealand vacation requires at least one day in the great outdoors. A favorite family-friendly activity is whale-watching and dolphin-spotting in Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. You could also spend the entire day on the island of Tiritiri Matangi, a predator-free bird sanctuary, ideal for nature enthusiasts—take the ferry over, and then hike at your leisure or opt for a guided walk.
 
If an adrenaline rush is more your style, go straight to the top with the Auckland Harbour Bridge climb—the 360-degree views of the city are magnificent—or for even more of a thrill, take the plunge on a breathtaking bridge bungee jump. Sailing enthusiasts can join the crew of an actual America’s Cup yacht and try their hand at match racing. Yet another option is a jet boat ride on Waitemata Harbour, which spins you past the Sky Tower and other top city landmarks.

Day 3: Day Trips from Auckland
Subtropical islands, glowworm caves, historic sites, and pristine shoreline—there’s a lot within an easy day trip’s reach from Auckland. Head to Northland and cruise around the gorgeous Bay of Islands to the Hole in the Rock and back past Cape Brett Lighthouse. Or ferry over to the charming township of Russell and tour the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. 

On the rugged West Coast, you can take an eco-walking tour in the rain forest of the Waitakere Ranges. Thermal sands and camera-worthy coves are found on the Coromandel Peninsula, another stunning alternative in the North Island’s great outdoors. 

Lord of the Rings fans will want to head south to Hobbiton, where the Shire movie set and Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole await. On the way, take an underground boat ride through the illuminated grotto of Waitomo Glowworm Caves; end your tour in Rotorua or back in Auckland.
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing AucklandDay Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.
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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from AucklandDay Trips

Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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Explore the Waitakere Ranges rainforest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.
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America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata HarbourDay Cruises

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

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Join an America’s Cup sailing experience aboard an authentic racing yacht on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Feel the exhilaration of yachting as you take the helm and participate with the professional crew, or just sit back and soak up the harbor views. No experience necessary.
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari CruiseOther Water Sports

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided WalkDay Cruises

Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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Secure a limited ticket to Tiritiri Matangi island, a protected sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. A 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf brings you to the island preserve, where you have the day to stroll the trails and enjoy the coastline after a ranger orientation. Gain a deeper understanding of Tiritiri Matangi’s role in preserving birdlife with an optional 1.5-hour guided hike.
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Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Including Free Ferry Bus Tours

Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Including Free Ferry

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See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with English audio commentary and written translations in 9 languages. The bus tour takes about an hour to complete each loop with 2 circle routes to explore. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Mt Eden or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.
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Auckland Harbour Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Auckland Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

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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.
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Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural PerformanceCultural Tours

Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

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Explore Auckland and its surroundings through the eyes of a Maori guide on this full-day tour that includes a cultural performance and lunch. Take a walk through the ancient forest of Tiriwa, discovering native flora and fauna and their significance to the indigenous Maori worldview. You’ll visit a beautiful west coast beach and learn about a rich cultural heritage as you watch the Haka dance performed at the Auckland Museum. This small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 15 participants for a personalized experience.
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Bay of Islands: Full Day Tour from AucklandDay Trips

Bay of Islands: Full Day Tour from Auckland

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This day trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands covers historical sites of New Zealand’s Northland, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the seaport of Russell. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, then take a ferry from Paihia to the first European settlement where a local guide leads you on an insightful tour. Opt for lunch, and venture into the shops, museums and cafes of Russell during your free time, before hotel drop-off in Auckland by coach.
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Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

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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.
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Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump ExperienceAdrenaline & Extreme

Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump Experience

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Auckland bridge bungy jumping is the ultimate thrill—an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Suspended over Waitemata Harbour, you 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!
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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from AucklandDay Trips

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit the Coromandel Peninsula renowned for its idyllic beaches, rugged terrain, and pristine rainforest—on this day trip from Auckland. Ride a narrow-gauge railway through native kauri forest to a viewing platform where you’re rewarded with views over the Hauraki Gulf. Your professional guide takes you to Cathedral Cove and to soak in a thermal pool at Hot Water Beach. A cafe lunch plus round-trip hotel transport are included on this small-group tour, limited to nine people.
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Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

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Experience 40 minutes of heart-pumping action during a jet-boat ride on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Spot the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge and other iconic landmarks from a unique perspective as you power through the water in a supercharged jet boat. You’ll feel the thrill of on-water tricks while the driver expertly maneuvers through 360-degree spins and fishtails.
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