Tours of Auckland, New Zealand

by on March 7th, 2015
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One of the best ways to see all that Auckland, New Zealand, offers is on a tour. This vibrant coastal city nestles on the North Island surrounded by miles of beaches. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore hiking trails that wind through the Waitakere Range and the Auckland Domain, while culture and history buffs can learn about New Zealand’s Maori peoples and rich past at the city’s many museums and monuments.

Milestone Tours

For a half-day experience that offers a taste of Auckland’s many scenic and cultural treasures, take Milstone Tours’ Auckland Discovery tour. Highlights include stops at scenic natural sites such as Auckland’s dormant volcanoes, North Head and Mount Eden, and beach walks at Mission Bay or Cheltenham Beach. Learn about the nation’s military history at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, then do a bit of shopping at Queen Street and the Victoria Park Market. Along the way, you’ll see landmarks such as the Auckland Fish Market, Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower, and Albert Park. Tours operate from October through March.

Relaxing Journeys

For those who appreciate urban and natural splendor alike, the Best of Both Worlds Tour from Relaxing Journeys provides a taste of each. The tour, which takes a full day, leaves from downtown and begins with an exploration of the city’s urban landmarks, such as the Auckland Domain and Paratai Drive. After lunch, you’ll head to the hills with an exploration of the city’s largest green space, Waitakere Ranges, take a walk along a beach and through a rainforest, and learn about Maori culture at the Arataki Centre.

Auckland Ghost Tour

For a spooky tour of shady Auckland, take an Auckland Ghost Tour. Every night, this two-hour walking tour departs from Queen Street’s Britomart Train Station. Your guide carries a lantern as he leads you through the city’s dark past, from the scenes of hangings, murders, plagues, and beheadings.

Great Sights New Zealand

For adults over 18 years of age only, Great Sights New Zealand offers the CitySights Auckland Wine on Waiheke tour. This full-day experiences takes you from the Harbour Bridge to the top of Mount Eden, through the Auckland Domain and the trendy shops of Parnell Village. Finish the day with a boat ride to Waiheke Island, where you’ll enjoy guided tours of the Mudbrick, Ridgeview Estate, and Te Whau wineries. Savor a plate of tapas before you cruise back to the city.

National Geographic

If you’ve time to spend, take the 17-day Exploring New Zealand’s North and South Islands expedition with National Geographic. This sea and land tour takes you along the east side of the North and South Islands and includes a day in Auckland. You’ll explore Maori culture and the region’s natural history at the Auckland Museum. Bring your camera and get 360-degree shots of the city and the sea from the top of the Sky Tower. The tour concludes with a farewell dinner.

Auckland, New Zealand

Milestone Tours

Relaxing Journeys

Auckland New Zealand Ghost Tours

Great Sights New Zealand

National Geographic: Exploring New Zealand’s North and South Islands

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