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Known as the "City of Sails", Auckland sits between two beautiful harbors towards the top of New Zealand's North Island.
As New Zealand's largest city, there is never any shortage of things to see and do here.
Life in Auckland revolves around the water, and with a location like this, it's no wonder.
But because of it's central location, there are also several major attractions within just a few hours drive of Auckland.
But what tours should we spend our money on?
We admit that it can be daunting trying to work out what to see when your time may be limited.
But that's where we can help.
We've used our extensive local knowledge, combined with our customers opinions, and have chosen a small selection of the very best Auckland tours for you.
These are the ones that are consistently highly rated, and we encourage you to read the reviews for them. You won't be disappointed.
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1) Geysers, glowworms and bubbling mud!
It's a big day, but well worth it!
This epic day tour takes you south from Auckland to the iconic Waitomo Caves, to Rotorua’s wonderland of thermal activity, to a working sheep farm, and to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
The famous Waitomo Caves are a favorite with visitors from around the world. You'll be amazed at the thousands of tiny glowworms twinkling above you as you cruise serenely through their cave. And the beautiful limestone formations are something to remember. The experienced guides are on hand and they provide some great insights about the cave system and its history.
Then for something completely different, it's off to the Agrodome, where you come face to face with life on a New Zealand farm. See sheep being shorn, and watch as some very skilled farm dogs muster a flock of sheep. You’ll even have a chance to milk a cow!
Next stop is the bubbling Te
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, where you can spend time watching the mud pools popping and spitting, and see the legendary Pohutu Geyser, as it erupts, sometimes as high as thirty meters into the air.
The last attraction is the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you can observe traditional artists at work, weaving and carving their wares.
Your tour returns to Auckland, or you can choose to stay in Rotorua and continue your New Zealand holiday from there.
We've included some customer comments below, and as you can see, it's a great tour
Reviewed by: Katie M, January 2017
It's a long day, but the tour packs in so many great experiences. The tour is exactly as described. Our guide was funny, friendly and informative. Highly recommend!
Reviewed by: Erik A, January 2017
The coach ride was comfortable, the commentary from Rachel was informative and interesting, and there was enough food provided to keep us satisfied. I can highly recommend this trip.
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2) Not much time, but want to see the sights?
If you don't have a lot of time available, this three hour tour could be perfect for you.
Our visitors love it, because it's great value for money, and takes you to some of Auckland's most popular spots.
Choose afternoon or morning departues, then just sit back and take in the sights as your experienced guide whisks you around the beautiful “City of Sails”.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge allows wonderful views of the Auckland city skyline, and you will love Viaduct Harbor and its heritage listed buildings.
Visit Auckland Domain, Auckland's oldest park, which sits on an extinct volcano, then stop at Parnell village for a cup of coffee and a chance to browse through the boutiques and trendy shops. Finally, your tour takes you along the picturesque Tamaki Drive to Mission Bay, where Auckland's harbor and skyline unfold in all their beauty.
Here are some comments from other visitors:
Reviewed by: mwhitaker2, February 2017
Great bus driver. There were only 4 people on the bus so we heard extra stories and stopped more. This tour went to different parts than the Hop On Hop Off Tour and was more informative.
Reviewed by: Larry, January 2016
Great trip around city with a very knowledgeable driver. Pete gave us extensive information about the history of the city and all the highlights.
3) Here are two major attractions, in the one tour - The Hobbiton movie set and the famous Waitomo Caves
If you want to see two of the region's most popular attractions, then this is the tour for you.
The trip from Auckland to Waitomo takes you through lush pastureland and scenic rolling hills, a perfect introduction to the region.
Once you reach the famous Waitomo caves, excitement builds, and then before you know it, you are inside the caves. The huge limestone formations have taken thousands of years to reach their current size, and are stunning.
And then perhaps the best part of the caves, as you board a small boat. Before long you are cruising serenely through a huge grotto, and overhead, thousands of tiny, shimmering lights appear, as the glowworms come into view, lighting up the roof of the cave. What a sight to remember.
After a yummy picnic lunch (which is covered in the tour cost) it’s back onto your bus for the trip to Matamata, home of the Hobbiton set.
It's hard to believe that this fully functional farm was transformed into the Hobbiton village. But there it is!
All of the famous sets from the movie are there. The hobbit holes. The Mill and the Green Dragon Inn.
Don't forget to take lots of pictures.
If you are looking for popular Auckland tours, this one is right at the top of the list. A wonderful day out and highly recommended.
Here are some typical reviews of this great tour
Reviewed by: Kim K, March 2017
It was awesome this is definitely something you should do while in Auckland. Our drive was awesome and gave us a great tour with interesting information. Loved it!
Reviewed by: Hannah S, January 2017
AMAZING tour!!!!! Both the glow worms and Hobbiton were highlights of my New Zealand trip. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone and everyone!
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4) Feel the wind in your hair on our Auckland harbor cruise, including dinner
It would be wrong to visit Auckland without heading out onto the harbor.
And this is one of the best ways to do it.
Beginning at Viaduct Harbor, you board your fifteen meter sailboat, and your adventure begins.
Your journey through Waitemata Harbor offers some beautiful views of Auckland city.
As the sun sets, the skyline comes to life, and the Sky Tower, at around one thousand foot high, stands proud in the distance.
There is something magical about being on the water. The breeze in your hair, the spray of the water, the other boats zipping around, and the feeling of peace as your captain guides your vessel across this stunning stretch of water.
After a while you dock at Westhaven Marina, where you head below for a lovely three course dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to catch up with new friends and compare notes about your holiday.
After dinner you set sail again and the skyline shines in the distance. This is a truly beautiful city.
In the distance you can see the Auckland Harbour Bridge (did you know that you can bungy jump off it?), the and the cone of the extinct volcano, Mount Eden.
Your cruise can be as passive or interactive as you like. Sit back and take in the sights, or, with the captain's guidance, have a steer or help the crew with the rigging. Awesome stuff.
This popular tour is an excellent way to experience the harbor, and it's a trip that is very highly rated.
What a wonderful night.
Here are a couple of comments from other guests:
Reviewed by: tttxmn, March 2017
The captain made this cruise even more enjoyable with his extreme knowledge of everything about the Harbour. His stories were great. Bits of trivia about the cup racing and training were very interesting. The meal was very good, I had the lamb shepard's pie. Gave everyone a chance to steer the ship.
Reviewed by: paul.eaton48, June 2016
Great trip. A gentle evening with little breeze. The sail was hoisted and we sailed quietly up the harbour. Coming back we had to use power though. Sailing at night was wonderful. Some of us even got to steer the yacht. That was an experience that was in itself worth the trip. The food was very good. I will do this again.
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5) Have you ever wanted to climb a bridge?
Well, there's no better time to do it than when you are on holidays.
Auckland's iconic harbor bridge spans the harbor, and transfers thousands of motorists across the harbor each day.
And you have the chance to see what they don't see, because the views from up here, sixty seven meters above the water, are sensational.
Accompanied by your experienced guide, you make your way up the specially designed stairways to the summit of the bridge. Don't worry about the safety aspect, as you are tethered to safety railings the whole way.
Your guide has lots of great stories about the bridge, Auckland's history, and the harbor, and along the way stops at the bungy jump point for you to watch (and cheer) as people throw themselves off the bridge.
The higher you climb, the better the views, and Waitemata Harbour, and the Sky Tower are two of the standout landmarks.
Your safety gear and weatherproof climb suit are included, and the gentle climb is suitable for most levels of fitness.
The Auckland Harbor Bridge Climb should be high on your list of Auckland tours.
Here are some reviews of this great tour
Reviewed by: Terry H, September 2014
Apart from jumping off the Sky Tower this would have to have been the next best activity of my Auckland trip. The guides were really good and made you feel really safe. The weather was perfeact and i got some fantastic views from the top of the bridge. This is another activity i would advise travellers to do.
Reviewed by: raymond.riggens, April 2017
Great fun. I'm not the fittest and thought it might be really tiring, but it wasn't. Very gentle climb, not very steep. Did not feel at all nervous or anxious at all as you are so well secured to rail the whole time. We watched a bungy jump off bridge at close range, which was awesome. A great experience which I'd highly recommend.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg - there are hundreds of other great Auckland tours
We hope you loved reading about our selection of the best Auckland tours.
But of course there are lots of other amazing things to see and do in and around Auckland.
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Enjoy your search, and if you have any questions about Auckland tours, or anything else about your New Zealand holiday, don't hesitate to ask us.
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