Auckland, New Zealand

Straddling a narrow isthmus created by 60 different volcanoes, New Zealand's former capital boasts scenic beauty, historical interest and a cosmopolitan collection of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and gardens. Rangitoto, Auckland's largest and youngest volcano, sits in majestic splendor just offshore. Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill, once home to Maori earthworks, overlook the city. One of New Zealand's fine wine districts lies to the north of Auckland.

Auckland served as New Zealand's capital from 1841 until 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington.

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Points of Interest

  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Islands
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
  • Volcano
  • Sky Tower
  • Waitomo Grotto
  • Countryside/Wineries
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  • Auckland Museums

    A trio of exceptional museums displays the unique natural culture of the area. The Maritime Museum focuses on nautical treasures, the War Memorial on native origins and the Art Gallery on visual mediums.

  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

    An Auckland icon, the Harbor Bridge stretches over the sparkling Waitemata Harbor, dotted with colorful yachts. Unparalleled city views of the city, Rangitoto Island, Devonport and the Waitakere Ranges can be seen from its heights.

  • Islands

    A charming blend of beaches a picturesque area for sightseeing, and a host of outdoor activities.

  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

    A world-class aquarium created by renowned New Zealand oceanographer Kelly Tarlton, this underwater adventure land includes thrilling interactive displays and viewing stations offering a unique perspective on New Zealand Pacific oceanic history.

  • Volcano

  • Sky Tower

    The tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and the Southern hemisphere, take a transparent elevator to a glass-floored observation deck, towering 1,072 feet in the air. Panoramic views and a 360-degree revolving restaurant greet you at the top.

  • Waitomo Grotto

    Sail quietly through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto an underground cave of historical and geological significance. Tiny phosphorescent glowworms light the way through the ornate limestone caverns.

  • Countryside/Wineries

    Travel through the picturesque countryside on an excursion to New Zealand's premier wineries, acclaimed for their Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noir. Guided vineyard tours and tastings are available.

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Auckland City Highlights

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-285
  • Sky Tower
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Short but sweet, this orientation driving tour may be only 1.5 hours, but it offers a wonderful overview of this beautiful city. Nicknamed the "City of Sails," Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two different bodies of water. Settle into your comfortable motorcoach and begin your tour of New Zealand's largest city. Travel along Tamaki Drive past the Port of Auckland on your way to Bastion Point. See the lovely beaches of Auckland before heading for Parnell Village. Parnell is New Zealand's oldest suburb and is famed for its galleries, cafés, restaurants and charming boutique-style stores. Drive through the beautiful Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. Drive through the central business district and past the famous Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Return to port with plenty of time to explore the city independently.

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Local Connections: City Drive & Auckland Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-200
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Auckland Museums

Tour the Auckland Museum, exclusively opened early for Princess guests, then enjoy a narrated driving tour of Auckland's highlights on this fascinating four-hour adventure. Begin the day with a short drive to the Auckland Museum, where you'll be treated to an exclusive opening just for Princess guests. This neoclassical building houses exhibits on New Zealand and Pacific Island cultures and showcases an extensive collection of Polynesian artifacts. Explore with your guide or independently. The day continues with a panoramic drive past many of the city's highlights. See the downtown area and note the contrasts in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. View the colonial-style shops that line the charming streets of Parnell Village, an exclusive shopping district. Make a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint and make a roundtrip crossing over the dramatic Harbour Bridge. You'll continue through the city and return to port.

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Local Connections: City Drive & Auckland Museum (Wheelchair Accessible)

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-201
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Auckland Museums

Tour the Auckland Museum, exclusively opened early for Princess guests, then enjoy a narrated driving tour of Auckland's highlights on this fascinating four-hour adventure that is wheelchair accessible. Begin the day with a short drive to the Auckland Museum, where you'll be treated to an exclusive opening just for Princess guests. This neoclassical building houses exhibits on New Zealand and Pacific Island cultures and showcases an extensive collection of Polynesian artifacts. Explore with your guide or independently. The day continues with a panoramic drive past many of the city's highlights. See the downtown area and note the contrasts in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. View the colonial-style shops that line the charming streets of Parnell Village, an exclusive shopping district. Make a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint and make a roundtrip crossing over the dramatic Harbour Bridge. You'll continue through the city and return to port.

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Devonport Village & Auckland's North Shore

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-215
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Step back in time in charming Devonport, one of the oldest settlements in New Zealand, on this picture-postcard 3.5-hour adventure. Board your comfortable motorcoach for a short, narrated drive through central Auckland. A photo opportunity at North Head, part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, affords sweeping views of Auckland and its harbor. Keep your cameras out for Mt. Victoria, the highest volcano on Auckland's North Shore. Arrive in Devonport, and enjoy independent time to stroll the historic streets of this storied enclave nestled on a picturesque peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour. The town brims with cafés, galleries and boutiques. Look for the famous Devonport chocolates sold at a family-run business, where the treats are made on the premises, and a gallery showcasing the renowned hot-glass artist Peter Raos. At the conclusion of your day, board a ferryboat for a short cruise through the harbor back to Auckland.

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Debark Tour Auckland Skytower, Parnell Village and Airport Transfer

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-950

Debarkation day is an opportunity to experience two of Auckland's top attractions. Begin with a relaxed, driving tour takes you past some of the major points of interest in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Drive through the downtown area and note the contrast in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. Your first stop is the Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Step inside the glass elevator and zoom to the top in a mere 40 seconds. Then venture outside onto the glass-floored main observation deck. On your way to Parnell village stop to photograph Bastian Point for coastal views. Arrive at chic Parnell Village, well known for its upscale boutiques, art galleries and dining options including French bistros and chocolate cafe's. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch (at own expense) before heading to the airport.

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Auckland Waterfront Cycling tour

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-415
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

There's no better way to explore Auckland's waterfront area than by bicycle. Embark on a 3.5-hour roundtrip cycling experience suited for those in good physical condition with biking experience. Meet your guide at the cycling base, receive your bike and helmet, and engage in a safety briefing. Set off caravan style to cycle Auckland's waterfront and learn the fascinating history of the "City of Sails." As you pedal alongside the harbor, take in spectacular views of Rangitoto Island, with its imposing volcano in its center. Continue to discover Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere, and pass under the iconic Harbour Bridge, linking central Auckland with the thriving North Shore community. From here, admire the city's historic suburbs and the bungee jump base, where daredevils plummet 131 feet (40 meters) toward the water below. Your return route includes the lovely Viaduct Harbour, where you'll refresh with New Zealand's famous ice cream before concluding at the starting point.

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Local Connections: National Maritime Museum & Harbour Cruise

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-240
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Auckland Museums

Its twin harbors and maritime heritage have earned Auckland the title of "City of Sails." Explore its waterfront beauty in a comprehensive drive, peruse the New Zealand Maritime Museum, and sail aboard a harbor cruise on this lovely half-day adventure. Begin with a two-hour motorcoach drive through Auckland's lovely downtown areas. Travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and have a photo stop at a scenic location. Next, experience a 45-minute tour of the renowned New Zealand Maritime Museum. The bond between New Zealand and the ocean is presented, preserved and celebrated in this exceptional museum. Round out the day with a harbor cruise, sailing the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour. Cruise to Westhaven, the main mooring of Auckland's luxury yachts, and sail past the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Be prepared, as you may have the opportunity to help pull up the sails and even steer the vessel yourself! Return to port.

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Local Connections: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-305
  • Countryside/Wineries

Venture out to the tranquil landscapes of the Kumeu River Valley and Auckland's wine country on this relaxed four-hour celebration of the fruit of the vine. Drive through the city center and into the scenic countryside. Your first stop is Soljans Winery, family-owned for three generations with over 70 years of wine-making experience. Mediterranean-style décor welcomes you, and the local, knowledgeable staff shares the story of how this family, originally from Croatia, became one of New Zealand's premier wine producers. Take a vineyard tour that includes views of the family's estate and cellars and enjoy a tasting. Your next stop will be at Hunting Lodge Winery, located in the picturesque, rolling hills of Waimauku. Admire the gardens and taste its award-winning wines accompanied by a seasonal food pairing in this beautiful setting. A relaxing drive back to port is a wonderful opportunity to discuss this splendid day with fellow passengers. Cheers!

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City Drive & Maori Performance at Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-295
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Auckland Museums

Experience the very best of Auckland on this deluxe guided tour celebrating the city's cultural and historical sights. Board your motorcoach for an extensive narrated drive around Auckland. Wend through the downtown area and note the contrast in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. See the colonial shops that line the streets of exclusive Parnell Village and the dramatic Harbour Bridge that links Auckland to the fast-growing North Shore. Pause for a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint. Then, visit the Auckland War Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artifacts. Attend the museum's daily Maori cultural performance, recognized as one of the leading Maori experiences in New Zealand. You'll enjoy a vibrant, entertaining glimpse into Maori culture, culminating with a high-energy, spine-tingling version of their celebrated dance. You may meet and photograph the performers afterwards. Return to port at the conclusion of this fascinating day.

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Auckland Jet Boat

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-505
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Invented in New Zealand by Sir William Hamilton in 1954, jet boating is a must-do experience while visiting, combining thrills and high-octane speed with sightseeing. Your 1.5-hour thrill ride begins on Auckland's downtown waterfront, where you'll take to the sea in a powerful jet boat sporting the latest in Hamilton technology. Your hosts will even provide you with a waterproof poncho to keep you relatively dry! Powered by twin 300HP Volvo turbocharged jet engines, your sleek, brightly colored vessel is purposely built for sea conditions and speeds up to 50 knots. Hold on to your hat as the skipper executes sweeping turns, fishtails, spins and power brake tricks, treating you to the entire repertoire of jet boat maneuvers. When you glide under the iconic Harbour Bridge, gaze up as you pass under the Bungee Pod, where you just might witness a fellow adrenalin junkie making the leap of a lifetime. You'll see many local highlights and enjoy expert narration throughout your adventure.

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Debark Tour: Auckland Museum & Maori Performance

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-945
  • Auckland Museums

Experience the very best of Auckland on this guided debarkation tour celebrating the city's cultural and historical sights. Board your motorcoach for an extensive narrated drive around Auckland. Wend through the downtown area and note the contrast in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. See the colonial shops that line the streets of exclusive Parnell Village and the dramatic Harbour Bridge that links Auckland to the fast-growing North Shore. Pause for a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint. Then, visit the Auckland War Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artifacts. Attend the museum's daily Maori cultural performance, recognized as one of the leading Maori experiences in New Zealand. You'll enjoy a vibrant, entertaining glimpse into Maori culture, culminating with a high-energy, spine-tingling version of their celebrated dance. You may meet and photograph the performers afterwards. Conclude this fascinating day with airport transfer.

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Debark Tour: North Shore, Sea Life Aquarium & Sky Tower

7 hours | Auckland | AKL-975
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
  • Sky Tower

Disembarkation day includes several of Auckland's premier attractions on this r guided city adventure that concludes at the airport. Begin with a city drive through lovely Auckland en route to your first destination, the Sky Tower. Standing 1,072 feet tall, it offers spectacular views from two observation decks and a revolving restaurant. Zoom to the top in a mere 40 seconds and step outside onto the glass-floored viewing deck. Auckland's beauty is spread out before you-and right under your feet! Next, visit Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. Famed New Zealand marine archaeologist Kelly Tarlton created this extraordinary aquarium to share his love of the ocean with the world. A uniquely designed moving walkway transports you through clear acrylic tunnels for a firsthand experience of deep-sea life. Conclude with independent exploration of the North Shore area and lunch on your own before transport to the airport.

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Local Connections: City Highlights & Icecream Delights

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-990
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Welcome to Auckland, or as the locals might say 'haere mai'! Inspired by local expert Karen Thompson Smith, this exclusive Princess designed guided tour includes some of the city's iconic destinations and you'll be able to try one of the world's best ice creams! After being picked up at the pier, you'll travel along the waterfront past historic Bastian Point, the Waitemata Harbor, and the Auckland War Museum, which sits upon the side of a volcanic crater. Then, you'll meander through the delightful Mt. Eden Village and on to Eden Park Stadium, New Zealand's largest sports stadium. After a tour through the popular suburb of Ponsonby you'll discover why Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails', as your drive takes you around the harbor to the bottom of the Auckland Harbor Bridge and on to Giapo Ice Cream for a behind-the-scenes visit and a tasting of their innovative flavors. (150)

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Debark Tour: Auckland Highlights with Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-970
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Auckland Museums

Disembarkation day is an opportunity to learn Auckland's history before heading home. Visit the Auckland Museum for a guided tour of exhibits, including Maori and Polynesian culture, then enjoy a driving tour of Auckland's highlights on this fascinating adventure that concludes at the airport. Begin the day with a short drive to the Auckland Museum, a neoclassical building that houses exhibits on New Zealand and Pacific Island cultures and showcases an extensive collection of Polynesian artifacts. Explore with your guide or independently. The day continues with a panoramic drive past the city's highlights. See the downtown area and note the contrasts in architectural style: modern skyscrapers and restored Victorian buildings coexist in harmony. View the colonial-style shops that line the streets of Parnell Village, an exclusive shopping district and make a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint. You'll continue through the city to the airport.

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Debark Tour: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-960
  • Countryside/Wineries

Disembarkation day begins when you venture out to the tranquil landscapes of the Kumeu River Valley and Auckland's wine country on this relaxed four-hour celebration of the fruit of the vine. Drive through the city center and into the scenic countryside. Your first stop is Soljans Winery, family-owned for three generations with over 70 years of wine-making experience. Mediterranean-style décor welcomes you, and the local, knowledgeable staff shares the story of how this family, originally from Croatia, became one of New Zealand's premier wine producers. Take a vineyard tour that includes views of the family's estate and cellars and enjoy a tasting. Your next stop will be at Hunting Lodge Winery, located in the picturesque, rolling hills of Waimauku. Admire the gardens and taste its award-winning wines accompanied by a seasonal food pairing in this beautiful setting. Conclude with a relaxing drive to the airport. Cheers!

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Local Connections: Walk, Talk, Eat Auckland

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-985

Soak up Auckland's history, legends, and culinary culture with a guided walking tour through the city center. Designed by Princess Cruises and inspired by local expert Karen Thompson Smith, this exclusive experience brings the city to life, so put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and intriguing adventure. From the pier, you'll follow your friendly and knowledgeable guide through the laneways and precincts to a number of food vendors for delicious samplings of their culinary treasures. You'll also stroll past peaceful parks and historic areas and see some of its most famous buildings including theaters and the 1,076-foot-tall Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere's tallest freestanding structure. Along the way, you'll hear fascinating stories about only-a-local-would-know locations where sailors jumped through hidden doors in the oldest bars to avoid their captain's wrath, and how a little lane from the old barracks became one of the most famous in the city. (150)

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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium & Sky Tower

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-210
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
  • Sky Tower

Two of Auckland's premier attractions are visited on this 3.5-hour guided city adventure. Begin with a narrated city drive through lovely Auckland en route to your first destination, the Sky Tower. Standing 1,072 feet tall, it offers spectacular views from two observation decks and a revolving restaurant. Zoom to the top in a mere 40 seconds and step outside onto the glass-floored viewing deck. Auckland's beauty is spread out before you-and right under your feet! Next, visit Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. Famed New Zealand marine archaeologist Kelly Tarlton created this extraordinary aquarium to share his love of the ocean with the world. A uniquely designed moving walkway transports you through clear acrylic tunnels for a firsthand experience of deep-sea life. See New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and get up close and personal with stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and a host of other creatures. A drive along the waterfront brings you back to the ship.

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Coast to Coast

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-220

Nature lovers will relish a half-day adventure exploring the best of Auckland's coastline and environs. Begin with a motorcoach drive that travels to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast by way of the wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai. On the clifftops overlooking the beach, take a short walk through the native plants to the lookout point to see the gannet colony here, one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Continue on to 200-acre Haumoana Farm, situated on the South Kaipara Peninsula, where 300 Romney sheep, 200 cattle, and a small fallow deer herd peacefully coexist. Your hosts, Greg and Barbara Ross, will warmly welcome you to this farm. Take in the lovely surroundings and watch sheep herding by trained sheepdogs, a shearing demonstration, and other typical farm activities. Pause for morning tea before the return drive to Auckland through the farming areas of Waitoki and Dairy Flat.

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Auckland Bridge Climb

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-400
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Scale the Auckland Harbour Bridge on this thrilling 2.5-hour, adrenaline-fueled adventure. Meet your experienced guide and prepare for your climb along custom engineered walkways with a full safety briefing and outfitting in protective gear. Completed in 1959, the Harbour Bridge links central Auckland with the thriving North Shore community. An Auckland icon, the architectural style of this eight-lane bridge dominates the landscape and stretches over Westhaven Marina. You'll definitely get your daily exercise, but your efforts are rewarded at the top with spectacular views of Auckland, Rangitoto Island, Devonport, and the Waitakere Ranges. During your climb, your guide offers commentary on subjects ranging from the bridge's history and engineering to various points of interest visible along your route. Walk along the converted paths, walkways and curving arches, taking in magnificent views. It is truly an exhilarating experience high in the sky, 200 feet above the sparkling water. Return to port with unforgettable memories and photographs.

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Debark Tour: Coast To Coast

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-955

Nature lovers will relish a half-day debarkation adventure exploring the best of Auckland's coastline and environs. Begin with a motorcoach drive that travels to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast by way of the wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai. On the clifftops overlooking the beach, take a short walk through the native plants to the lookout point to see the gannet colony here, one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Continue on to 200-acre Haumoana Farm, situated on the South Kaipara Peninsula, where 300 Romney sheep, 200 cattle, and a small fallow deer herd peacefully coexist. Your hosts, Greg and Barbara Ross, will warmly welcome you to this farm. Take in the lovely surroundings and watch sheep herding by trained sheepdogs, a shearing demonstration, and other typical farm activities. Pause for morning tea before the return drive to the airport.

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Waiheke Island & Wineries

5.75 hours | Auckland | AKL-350
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge
  • Countryside/Wineries

Situated in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Experience it all on an approximately six-hour adventure that begins with a 35-minute ferry ride along Waitemata Harbour. Arrive at Waiheke, a picture-postcard blend of forests, farmlands, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. The island is home to a small population of around 8,000 residents, but it has long provided inspiration for artists and writers. Soak up breathtaking views of the coastline before reaching highly regarded Onetangi Beach, where you'll enjoy morning tea. Continue on to two local wineries that showcase Waiheke's perfect growing ground for a variety of grapes. These boutique wineries produce high-quality wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and, more recently, Chardonnay. The wine estates you'll visit are true gems, and in addition to exploring, you'll participate in tastings. Conclude with a ferry cruise back to Auckland.

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Zipline Adventure

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-405
  • Islands

Fly through the air with the greatest of ease on a fantastic, nature-infused zipline and outdoor experience. Begin your 4.5-hour day with a ferry ride to Waiheke Island followed by a mini-driving tour that orients you to the scenic beauty of the island. Arrive at one of New Zealand's most exciting eco-adventures, situated high on a hilltop for panoramic views. Here you'll suit up for some adrenaline-fueled fun. A guide will be with you throughout the day, and your safety and comfort are of highest priority. Take flight over three different environments: a vineyard, a spectacular valley and a carpet of lush forest. At the completion of your third run, embark on a one-mile guided nature walk through the bushland back to the visitor center. Learn about the indigenous flora and fauna, the history of Waiheke, and efforts to preserve this Site of Environmental Significance. Relax on the ferry ride that returns you to port.

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Local Connections: The Vineyard Cottages, Wine Tasting, and Lunch

6 hours | Auckland | AKL-980

Set out on a journey normally experienced by local residents. Designed by Princess Cruises and inspired by local expert Karen Thompson Smith, this exclusive half-day tour showcases some of the best Auckland has to offer. Unique and immersive, the fun begins at the dock where you'll be greeted by Elle Armon-Jones, owner of The Vineyard Cottages. En route to this private retreat, you'll meet a cornucopia of artisan producers, honey producers, and the cheese mongers behind the region's culinary delights. Once at The Vineyard Cottages, you'll stroll through the vineyard and sip a sampling of three wines. Enjoy the work of an artist in residence, Donna Massey, then take a trip to the veggie patch with the chef to pick herbs for the salads and taste some of the native spices dotted around the property. Following lunch, you'll journey to Muriwai Beach, whose clifftop platforms overlook the gannet colonies.

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Piha Bush & Beach Eco Tour

5 hours | Auckland | AKL-410

This fully guided, five-hour wilderness adventure can be enjoyed by any age group and involves easy walking on established tracks and on the beach. Begin with a scenic motorcoach drive that travels to the Waitakere Ranges, and in just 30 minutes, arrive at the Arataki Center, gateway to the rainforest. Here, gaze upon the breathtaking panorama of the whole of the Auckland isthmus, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west. Continue on your drive into the rainforest and embark on an easy bush walk. Your guide will explain about the native species as you trek amongst giant tree ferns and listen to the songs of native birds. Pause for refreshments, then visit a pristine black-sand surfing beach, where you'll feel the soft sand beneath your feet and marvel at the power of the pounding surf. Return to port with outstanding photos and memories.

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America's Cup

2.25 hours | Auckland | AKL-500
  • Auckland Harbour and Bridge

Your two-hour sailing adventure begins after a short walk to Viaduct Harbour, where the NZL 41 and NZL 68, America's Cup-class yachts, are berthed. Built for the 1995 and 2003 America's Cup in San Diego, these yachts offer a unique opportunity to experience sailing authentic America's Cup yachts, the equivalent of driving a Formula 1 race car. Meet the professional crew and attend a short safety briefing. No sailing experience is necessary to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Step aboard and head out of the America's Cup Village, past the syndicates and incredible super yachts. Sails are hoisted, and passengers become crew. You are encouraged to take the helm and work the grinders, but you can also relax and enjoy the action as the yacht sails down picturesque Waitemata Harbour. After your time spent on the water, return to port with a deeper appreciation of America's Cup racing and the beauty of Auckland, the City of Sails.

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Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-105
  • Waitomo Grotto

Discover a true geological phenomenon, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on this fascinating full-day adventure with lunch. Settle in for a relaxed, three-hour motorcoach ride to the caves, enjoying all of Auckland's spectacular natural scenery. Here, tiny glowworms unique to New Zealand emit a fluorescent blue-green radiance that illuminates the caverns and underground streams the glowworms call home. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists. As you embark on a short cruise in a boat through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends and facts about this fascinating and beautiful oddity of nature. Next, a 30-minute scenic drive to Crosshills Farm is an opportunity to meet the owners and savor a home-cooked lunch amidst a lovely English garden setting. Relax on the drive back to port.

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Auckland By Seaplane

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-800

Let your imagination fly as you thrill to the spectacular sights of Auckland from the seat of a seaplane. At the harbor, a state-of-the-art seaplane awaits. Step aboard and, once you're settled into your comfortable seat, get ready to fly into the wild blue yonder over the City of Sails. Your knowledgeable pilot shares the region's history and aviation facts while you take in up-close views of Rangitoto Volcano, with spectacular views into the crater. Continue over Motutapu Island, one of the Hauraki Gulf's oldest islands and a haven for native birdlife. Then it's on to Waiheke Island with its stunning beaches and lush vineyards. Your return passes Motuihe Island and Brown's Island and takes in the cityscape, including the colossal Sky Tower, before you land back at the harbor. At the completion of your exciting flight, make your way independently back to the ship via the lively Viaduct Harbor, home to many restaurants and cafes.

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Kiwi Canyoning Adventure

7.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-610
  • Volcano

A canyoning experience awaits in the spectacular Waitakere Ranges, a subtropical rainforest over volcanic rock, where you'll experience a thrilling, full-day adventure like no other. Upon arrival, you'll participate in an orientation and don a wetsuit, harnesses and helmet. Then, set off to immerse yourself in the mythical world of caves, pools, volcanic cliffs, jumps, slides, and abundant flora and fauna. Travel by abseiling (rappelling), climbing, scrambling, jumping and swimming. You'll move in and out of mysterious sculptured gorges as well as see the historic Kauri Logging Dam and the famous black-sand Piha surfing beach. After breaking for a well-deserved lunch, descend further to discover otherwise unreachable views and secret spots. Continue through tunnels, over boulders and under logs, and test your courage by jumping into plunge pools and abseiling right into a waterfall. Relax on your ride back to port at the conclusion of this exhilarating day.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$249.95

Debark Tour: Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-965
  • Waitomo Grotto

Disembarkation day leaves an impression when you discover a true geological phenomenon, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Settle in for a relaxed, three-hour motorcoach ride to the caves, enjoying all of Auckland's spectacular natural scenery. Here, tiny glowworms unique to New Zealand emit a fluorescent blue-green radiance that illuminates the caverns and underground streams the glowworms call home. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists. As you embark on a short cruise in a boat through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends and facts about this fascinating and beautiful oddity of nature. Next, a 30-minute scenic drive to Crosshills Farm is an opportunity to meet the owners and savor a home-cooked lunch amidst a lovely English garden setting. This tour concludes at the airport.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$249.95

Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for Small Groups

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-999
  • Waitomo Grotto

This extra special small group tour is an opportunity to discover a true geological phenomenon, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on this fascinating full-day adventure with lunch. Settle in for a relaxed, three-hour motorcoach ride to the caves, enjoying all of Auckland's spectacular natural scenery. Here, tiny glowworms unique to New Zealand emit a fluorescent blue-green radiance that illuminates the caverns and underground streams the glowworms call home. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists. As you embark on a short cruise in a boat through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends and facts about this fascinating and beautiful oddity of nature. Upon completion of your Glowworm tour, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch and a glass of wine, beer or juice at the Waitomo homestead restaurant. Relax on the drive to port.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$259.95

Ruakuri Caves - a Discovery Exclusive

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-150

Behold the spectacle of Mother Nature's beauty with a full-day excursion to Auckland's renowned Ruakuri Caves. According to Maori beliefs, the caves are the underground realm of Papatunanuku, the earth mother, and touching the limestone's surface makes a symbolic connection with the divine world below. It's an approximately 2.5-hour scenic motorcoach drive to the caves, part of a unique karst limestone landscape that was formed under the sea from the remains of marine creatures over 30 million years ago. Enter the main cave and follow your guide down an amazing 49-foot spiral staircase and along the four-mile underworld tunnel. Marvel at the formations of crystalline shapes, breathtaking stalactites and glittering glowworms as you make your way through the narrow corridors. Return to the sunlight and enjoy a short drive to Waitomo Homestead, where you'll tuck into a buffet lunch. A relaxed drive to port concludes this fascinating day.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$279.95

Auckland by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Driver/Guide)

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-915

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

The half day vehicle option is for local Auckland sights only, guests wishing to travel to outside of Auckland are required to book the full day private vehicle option.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$599.95

Auckland by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Driver/Guide)

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-910

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

The half day vehicle option is for local Auckland sights only, guests wishing to travel to outside of Auckland are required to book the full day private vehicle option.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$699.95

Auckland by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Auckland | AKL-905

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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$1349.95

Auckland by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Auckland | AKL-900

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$1549.95