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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 Excursion: 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

susan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

so well run thankyou viator also our driver was excellent keep up the good work :

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour guide was excellent. A very enjoyable day. Would highly recommend it.

Desley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour and bus driver he went out of his way to show us around. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Driver very Knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. He spoke English clearly and we could understand him.We got to see the highlights and since this was our last tour we did not want to do a lot of walking. Very good suggestions of things to do in the area if we had extra time.

Steven D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great Day

Gilles L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour. Driver was very nice and the combination of bus, boat and sky Tower was perfect.

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

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