New Zealand’s largest city, population 1 million, Auckland is one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city center complemented by great escapes within half an hour’s drive. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping – you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland. A diverse range of cultures adds flavor and interest to the city’s style of life. As a result, Auckland has perfected a style of cuisine called ‘Pacific Rim’, which blends Asian and Pacific flavors. Auckland’s blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. The natural assets of Auckland have made it a dream destination for all kinds of travelers. Come and experience it for yourself. A few days in Auckland, building in a tour or two, is the perfect beginning to your New Zealand vacation.
Cape Reinga Wanderer Tour
This fantastic Cape Reinga tour will take you on a journey through the magnificent natural wonders of the North. You will be over-awed by the grandeur of the mighty Kauri trees, the expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and the mystique of Cape Reinga. There are numerous stops for you to take in the scenic highlights and activities. They start with the easy twenty minute boardwalk through the Puketi Kauri Forest. Thunder along Ninety Mile Beach to the top of New Zealand and wander out to the lighthouse. Ride sand sledges if you dare! Take a swim and dig for shellfish. See the picturesque village of Mangonui on your return journey to Paihia. Lunch is included.
From $134 per person
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The Green Dragon Inn is now open and is a special feature of our tours. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. As the Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a real New Zealand farm, we also offer you the opportunity to cuddle and bottle feed the pet lambs. Self-drive 1 hr 45 mins from Auckland/1 hr from Rotorua.
From $62 per person
Underwater and Antarctic Encounter
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter (admission) – Kelly Tarlton’s is a wonderland of snow, ice and amazing underwater sights. Explore the wilds of Antarctica and the natural treasures of the ocean depths in our Underwater World – and beyond.
From $33 per person
Afternoon Highlights and Sky Tower
Pickup from your accommodation by Grayline and commence your Auckland Highlights tour. Places of interest include Queen Street, pass through Auckland University grounds which features historic Auckland buildings, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Ponsonby Road. We also pay a visit to the Domain parks and Gardens and the waterfront streets of Paritai Drive and Tamaki Drive. Admission is also included to the Sky Tower Complex Main Observation Deck.
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City Highlights and Adventure Jet
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation by Grayline and commence your Auckland Highlights tour. Places of interest include Queen Street, pass through Auckland University grounds which features historic Auckland buildings, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and Ponsonby Road. We also pay a visit to the Domain parks and Gardens and the waterfront streets of Paritai Drive and Tamaki Drive, as well as an exhilarating Jet boat ride on Auckland’s Waitamata Harbour with Auckland Adventure Jet.
From $142 per person
Explore NZ, Pride of Auckland
Enjoy Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ onboard Pride of Auckland. Our relaxed sailing excursions offer a uniquely local Auckland experience within an intimate and engaging atmosphere. View the stunning city sights while sailing on the inner Waitemata Harbour the crew’s local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. Sail where the wind takes us while enjoying Auckland’s city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge. Sit back and relax or become the crew and help participate with the sailing experience. Enjoy a picnic lunch box (catered for by award winning Kermadec Restaurant) and a hot drink. Departs daily at 1pm only.
From $85 per person
Also available as morning or afternoon cruise $74 per person and dinner cruise $118 per person
Hop On Hop Off Auckland Sightseeing Bus
The Auckland Hop-on Hop-off tour includes commentary and visits the “Big 14 Attractions” of Auckland. Buses leave every 30 minutes (hourly in winter). Explore the likes of Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland Museum and Sky Tower to name just a few. Valid for one or two days, the Auckland hop-on hop-off tour takes one-hour to complete an entire loop, or you can choose to hop-on and off during the day visiting Auckland’s attractions along the way.
From $33 per person
Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb
Only AJ Hackett Bungy can offer you this level of access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge; and this is the one and only Bridge Climb in New Zealand, coming complete with your very own tour guide. Lasting for 1 1/2 hours, this climb will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views. Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable and easy-going experience while you enjoy Auckland to the fullest with 360 degree views from the summit.
From $118 per person
Auckland to Rotorua – Deluxe Day Tour/Transfer
Travel from Auckland to Rotorua (or vice versa) south through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Morning tea is served by your host during this sector. Continue travelling through the rich farmland of the Waikato towards the King Country (birthplace of the Maori Monarchy) and on to Waitomo. Join a guided tour through Waitomo Glow Worm Caves climaxed by a boat ride through the Glow worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. After your visit, re-board your coach, a light lunch will be served as we continue on to Rotorua. An introduction to New Zealand farming with an Agrodome Farm Tour, drive through the foreshore park of Lake Rotorua and historic Government Gardens, and visit Te Puia Arts & Crafts Institute where you will see the famous Pohutu Geyser, Maori Village and boiling mud pools among other highlights. Your attraction packed day concludes as the coach drops you off at your accommodation.
From $253 per person