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Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS provided by Auckland Scenic Tours

Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

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With limited time to experience Auckland, this tour focuses on the highlights and it’s an ideal introduction to the city for first-time visitors. Enjoy views from Auckland Harbour Bridge and North Head, learn about the Maori legends of One Tree Hill, visit the seafront suburb of Devonport, and receive tips on where to eat and drink along atmospheric Ponsonby Road.
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  • Pass by Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • 1
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 2
    North Head Historic Reserve
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Winter Garden Auckland Domain
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Mount Eden
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Pass by Tamaki Drive
    Pass by Paritai Drive
    Pass by Mission Bay
  • 5
    Achilles Point
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Orakei Basin
  • 6
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Parnell
  • Maximize your time in Auckland with a jam-packed itinerary
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour of up to 11: more personalized experience
What to Expect
After pickup from your hotel or cruise port, set out to discover Auckland by air-conditioned minibus, starting with a drive across the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge. Continue along the coast to Devonport, a seafront village with views across the water to Auckland. Make a stop at North Head to take photos, before arriving at One Tree Hill, where you’ll have chance to learn more about Auckland’s Maori heritage. As you head into downtown Auckland, spot the landmark Sky Tower on the horizon and jump out to walk along Ponsonby Road, one of the city’s busiest streets. If you are staying in the city, your guide will be able to recommend some great places to eat or drink in the area. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or cruise port.
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Important Information
  • Local driver/guide
  • Central hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local taxes
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Minimum age is 10 years
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A maximum of 11 people per booking(We can provide this tour to groups larger than 11 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved. Comfortable shoes recommended
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Surreysunlovers wrote a review Mar 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom42 contributions10 helpful votes
We went on the afternoon Scenic Tour on 29th January with Mike. What a fantastic tour he provided us with. He gave a real feel for the surrounding area of Auckland including the beautiful Domain Wintergardens. Mike was an excellent host. We highly recommend this tour with
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
Responded 2 weeks ago
Isn't Auckland a stunningly beautiful City? You just have to have a knowledgeable guide to show and inform you. You will reflect on the photos you took and realize how much you saw and where we went in the 4 hours we shared our City with you. We pride ourselves on our Half Day 4 Hour Tour of Auckland being the most comprehensive available; ideal for those with only a very short time in Auckland (either off a cruise ship or hotel) but want to see as much as possible. Aren't the Wintergardens and the fernery a special jewel as you experienced; but you would have marvelled at the spectacular elevated 360 degree views which truly showed you that geographically Auckland is one of the largest cities in the World. I suspect also you marvelled at Devonport and being from England you would both have felt very at home marvelling there at the quaint villas. Appreciate also your lovely comments about our tour guide. We were privileged to show you our beautiful City. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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Shehnaaz D wrote a review Feb 2020
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We were 23 of us ranging from 4 years to 79 years we hired 2 tour buses our tour guides were friendly and patient with us. The tour was great informative and we enjoyed it.Eould have loved to go pass Eden Park as part of the tournament Recommend this tour if you getting off a
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Date of experience: January 2020
lisazhang2 wrote a review Oct 2019
San Luis Obispo, California10 contributions
We had a fabulous tour with David and really enjoyed his information sharing. David was very knowledgeable and very polite and entertaining. He took us all over Auckland and shared with us many of its splendors! Mount Eden was gorgeous and Winter Gardens was beautiful. We even
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
Responded 02 Nov 2019
Thank you for these lovely comments. I can sense that you fell in love with Auckland. Both our Half Day Tour (which you took) and also our Full Day Tour of Auckland are widely recognized as the most comprehensive tours of Auckland available. Ideal for those in Auckland for a day or on a cruise ship and want to see as much as they can in the shortest possible window. Auckland is a spectacularly beautiful City; you just need a knowledgeable guide to unfold this to you and take you to places even locals don't know You clearly marvelled at the spectacular 360 degree views atop the volcanoes that you journeyed too. You mention the information sharing...….you can now appreciate why our tour guides are renowned as being amongst the most knowledgeable in the industry; they have a passion for our City but also a deep knowledge of the history, culture and also the fauna and flora and they want to share this with you. Certainly when you went into the stunning Wintergardens and Fernery our tour guide would have explained the beautiful flowers, plants and native birds to you. I can see that you loved this and also the knowledge shared with you And yes, we take to down the affluent streets and suburbs. We want you to see Auckland as we know it Thank you for choosing our tour
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Arizona-Budgies wrote a review Apr 2019
Phoenix19 contributions9 helpful votes
Three senior couples seeking a city tour combined with a drop at our ship at tour conclusion. This company was not the 1st considered but being dissatisfied with the original choice due to their slow response to questions by e mail I moved to Akl Scenic Tours and was very happy
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
Responded 20 Apr 2019
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Half Day Tour of Auckland, our Company and one of our Tour Guides. Our Half Day Tour of Auckland, as you all experienced, is widely regarded as the most comprehensive Half Day Tour of Auckland. It is ideal for those with only a short time on their hands as was your group's situation; whether you are staying at a hotel or leaving a cruise ship to later fly home or even flying in to Auckland with a subsequent drop off with luggage at the port. We welcomed your comments on the organization of our Company and Tour; additionally we welcomed the fabulous comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on every one of our guides being amongst the most knowledgeable in the industry as you all personally experienced. Whether it is this tour or any of our other 7 tours, all our tours are small personal tours not the big buses; in fact given the topography of Auckland our smaller 12 seater vehicles go to places the bigger tour buses cannot access; as a result you got to experience places and the spectacular views only true locals really know. We felt privileged to unfold the stunning beauty, history, culture and charm of our City to you all. Thank you for choosing our tour
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teresarussell65 wrote a review Jan 2019
Essex, United Kingdom21 contributions27 helpful votes
Picked up on arrival at port with our luggage and only a small group 5 of us in total in a comfortable small mini van. Nick and Tyler were our guides and they were very knowledgeable,funny and professional. We went to winter gardens, drove around all the bays with photo
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Date of experience: January 2019
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
Responded 26 Jan 2019
We welcomed these lovely comments on our Half Day Auckland Tour. Auckland, as you now know, is one of the most beautiful cities in the World. You just need a skilled and knowledgeable guide to show you. Our Half Day Tour of Auckland is widely recognized as being the most comprehensive available in Auckland; ideal for those like yourselves, whether off a cruise ship or not, but only have a short window to see as much of Auckland as you can. Our tour has been designed to do exactly that. There is no better place than seeing Auckland than getting to elevated vantage points and our tour does that; it goes to place with the spectacular views that the larger buses physically cannot access This tour is ideal if you are exiting a cruise ship and then to be taken to your hotel with luggage at the end of the tour or vice versa; just in port for the day or just at your hotel with a return to your hotel. Make sure you have your camera or phone fully charged for some of the most spectacular photos of Auckland. Thank you for choosing our tour
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By: Auckland Scenic Tours
There and Back again! ;-)
Hobbiton is really a lovely place to go and if you are lucky enough to have Hollie as a guide, everything is going
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Great day out
An excellent trip. Was pleasantly surprised and pleased with Hobbiton and enjoyed Waitomo glowworm caves. Excellent
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Bob L
Great day trip from Auckland
My wife and I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies but I would not consider us to be big fans but we loved this t
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A fantastic experience guided by Mike Silver!
I recently went on the combination tour of the Hobbiton movie set and the Waitomo caves. Both of which I have wante
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Pál S
More than I hoped
Our knowledgeable and friendly driver, Mike drove 550 km and at the and of the tour we had a visual about this part
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Wonderful day
Our guide Dwayne was so good at making everybody feel happy and comfortable. The trip is so worth it, if you like L
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Wonderful Day Trip! Great for seeing NZ countryside
Thank you so much Mike S for being such a wonderful, cheerful tour guide. Mike had great banter, was incredibly fri
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An excellent tour guide
The tour is so nice. We enjoyed Hobbiton village, Waitomo caves so much. Especially the driver Dwayne is a really c
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Thomas C
Really super outing
Mike, our guide was excellent. The trip was well worth the money and quite enjoyable. It was exciting to visit the
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Great couple of experiences
Hobbiton was great (regardless of whether you’re a fan) and the Waitomo glow worm caves, albeit a little underwhelm
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Very cool and full day!
Great all around. The Hobbiton tour was great, plus having an afternoon excursion that was unique and exceptional
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Amazing experience
Highly recommended tour. Our guide,Matt, was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful with ideas about the tour and als
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Hobbiton movie set and Waitimo Glowworm Caves day trip from Auckland
Tour was excellent. Pick up was at our hotel and off we went. Mike S. made sure everyone on the tour was introduced
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Very interesting tour and high quality service.
We've scheduled this tour for Sat Feb 29th at 6:30 AM. Really enjoyed it. We liked both activities - Hobbiton Villa
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Larry m
Simply amazing
Picked up at the pier for a full day of exploring the beautiful city of Auckland. Mike was our driver and our tour
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  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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