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

  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience
  • North Shore
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience
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  • Waitomo Caves Region

    Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It's known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations. West, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a high limestone arch over Mangapohue Stream. Northeast of the village, Otorohanga Kiwi House shelters several species of the rare native kiwi bird.

  • 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 Islands

    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.

  • West Auckland

  • Auckland City and Surrounds

    Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand's North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.

  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

    New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. An island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand yields produce from land and sea.

  • North Shore

  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

    New Zealand is an extraordinary playground. Not only does it have every landscape you can think of crammed into an area the size of California (but with about 34 million fewer people), it also offers a dizzying array of activities, most of which can be easily accessed by a city (or even luxury) base. With something for every level of derring-do and ability.

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Auckland City Highlights

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-285
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

This is a great orientation to New Zealand's largest city that leaves time in your day to explore independently. Travel aboard a comfortable motorcoach to see the sights of Bastion Point, Parnell Village, Auckland Domain (the city's oldest park), the central business district, the famous Sky Tower, and a host of other highlights.

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

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-201
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Exclusive for Princess passengers, the Auckland Museum opens its doors early for a guided tour of exhibits, including Maori and Polynesian culture. Then, discover Auckland on a narrated driving tour highlighting the city's top sights, the charming streets of Parnell Village, and sweeping vistas from atop a scenic viewpoint. (Wheelchair accessible)

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Local Connections: City Drive & Auckland Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-200
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Exclusive for Princess passengers, the Auckland Museum opens its doors early for a guided tour of exhibits, including Maori and Polynesian culture. Then, discover Auckland on a narrated driving tour highlighting the city's top sights, the charming streets of Parnell Village, and sweeping vistas from atop a scenic viewpoint.

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Devonport Village & Auckland's North Shore

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-215
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • North Shore

Captivating North Shore and historic Devonport are explored on this scenic tour of the seaside area. Stop for several photo opportunities along the way, then enjoy a guided tour of the Devonport peninsula while admiring the colonial architecture and tranquility of this historic village. Return to Auckland via ferry at your own discretion.

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Debark Tour Auckland Skytower, Parnell Village and Airport Transfer

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-950
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Debarkation day is an opportunity to explore two Auckland attractions. Visit the Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere offering superlative views from its observation deck. Then discover Parnell village known for its boutiques, art galleries and dining options. Enjoy lunch (at your expense) and shopping before transferring to the airport.

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Local Connections: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-305
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience
  • North Shore

Raise a toast to New Zealand's internationally acclaimed winemakers when you travel the unspoiled beauty of the Auckland Wine Trail, with its breathtaking scenery and expansive vineyards. Two of the country's premium wineries offer tours and tastings of world-renowned, locally produced New Zealand Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

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Local Connections: National Maritime Museum & Harbour Cruise

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-240
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • North Shore

Discover why Auckland is described as the "City of Sails" on a day spent exploring its maritime heritage. Explore the New Zealand National Maritime Museum before boarding a vessel for a sightseeing cruise about the harbor. The sights range from Westhaven, home to luxury yachts, to the famous Harbour Bridge.

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City Drive & Maori Performance at Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-295
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Enjoy a celebration of Auckland's heritage through its cultural and historical sights. Settle in for a narrated drive around beautiful Auckland and take in sweeping vistas from a scenic viewpoint. Then, visit the Auckland Museum and enjoy a stirring performance of traditional Maori stories, chants and dances, culminating in the world-famous haka.

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Auckland Waterfront Cycling tour

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-415
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Pedal your way through Auckland's fascinating waterfront history on this pleasant guided cycling tour that takes in the harbor and boating marina and views of Rangitoto Island. Pass underneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge and through the Viaduct Harbour. Refresh with New Zealand's famous ice cream and stop for photos throughout the day.

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Auckland Jet Boat

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-505
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Did you know that jet boating was invented in New Zealand in 1954? Step aboard your sleek 300HP Volvo turbocharged jet boat, and set off on the ride of a lifetime in the country of origin. You'll thrill to daring waterborne feats expertly executed against the Auckland skyline in stunning Waitemata Harbour.

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Debark Tour: Auckland Museum & Maori Performance

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-945
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Make debarkation day a celebration of Auckland's heritage and culture. Settle in for a narrated drive around beautiful Auckland and take in sweeping vistas from a scenic viewpoint. Then, visit the Auckland Museum and enjoy a stirring performance of traditional Maori stories, chants and dances, culminating in the world-famous haka.

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Debark Tour: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-960
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Raise a toast to New Zealand's internationally acclaimed winemakers when you travel the unspoiled beauty of the Auckland Wine Trail, with its breathtaking scenery on this debarkation tour. Visit two of the country's premium wineries for tastings of world-renowned, locally produced New Zealand Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

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Debark Tour: Auckland Highlights with Museum

4 hours | Auckland | AKL-970
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

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, discover the city on a driving tour highlighting the top sights, the charming streets of Parnell Village, and sweeping vistas from atop a scenic viewpoint.

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Local Connections: Walk, Talk, Eat Auckland

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-985
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Live like a local (even if it's for two-and-a-half hours). During this exclusive tour, you'll take a stroll through the city center with a local guide, sample local delicacies and delights, visit peaceful parks and historic areas and view landmarks such as the 1,076-foot-tall Sky Tower. (46)

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Local Connections: City Highlights & Icecream Delights

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-990
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

See Auckland from a local's point-of-view with a tour that showcases some of the city's most famous attractions. See the yachts sitting in Waitemata Harbor, the Neo-Classic Auckland War Museum, the delightful Mt. Eden Village, and the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. Later, enjoy a frozen confection at Giapo Ice Cream.

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

7 hours | Auckland | AKL-975
  • North Shore

Disembarkation day excites when you explore Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and travel through clear acrylic tubes for close-up views of an extensive array of marine life. Then, visit the Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and Explore the North Shore independently with lunch on your own.

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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium & Sky Tower

3.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-210
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Experience Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and travel through clear acrylic tubes for close-up views of marine life, including pelagic sharks, rays and New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins, in an authentic habitat. Also visit the Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and enjoy a city drive.

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Auckland Bridge Climb

2.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-400
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Traverse the walkways of Auckland's famous Harbour Bridge on an adventure that takes sightseeing to new heights. Climb under, through and over this magnificent structure and thrill to being 200 feet in the air. A knowledgeable guide leads the adventure and shares the bridge's colorful secrets, architectural features, and legends.

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Coast to Coast

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-220
  • West Auckland
  • North Shore

Travel by way of the wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. Take a walk through the native plants to the lookout point to see one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Continue on to Haumoana Farm, for a visit an immersive visit.

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Debark Tour: Coast To Coast

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-955
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Debarkation day excites with a lovely adventure exploring Auckland's coastline and pastoral landscapes. Travel by way of the wine-growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. Walk through native vegetation to the lookout to view a mainland gannet colony. Continue to Haumoana Farm, for an immersive visit.

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Waiheke Island & Wineries

5.75 hours | Auckland | AKL-350
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

A high-speed ferry skims the waters of Waitemata Harbour, affording beautiful views of the waterfront, beaches and coastal scenery. Arrive on Waiheke Island and travel via motorcoach through Oneroa Village. Along the way enjoy morning tea on Onetangi Beach before visiting two local vineyards for a guided tour with wine tasting.

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Zipline Adventure

4.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-405
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Soar through the air on this breathtaking eco-adventure when you zipline over the forest of Waiheke Island. Enjoy the views from a short ferry ride to the island's idyllic location. Spend the day in nature as you seemingly fly over this Site of Environmental Significance and enjoy a guided nature walk and island drive.

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: A GOURMET'S WORLD

6 hours | Auckland | AKL-980
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Eat, drink and live like a local! This exclusive experience includes a wine tasting at The Vineyard Cottages followed by a delicious lunch you prepare yourself from fresh-picked-from-the-garden ingredients. The magical black sand beach of Muriwai beckons next where you can view the famous gannet colony.

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Piha Bush & Beach Eco Tour

5 hours | Auckland | AKL-410
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

A guided outdoor adventure combines the best of Auckland's natural wonders. Take a walk along the black-sand strand of Piha, home of New Zealand surfing. Then travel to the heart of the Waitakere Ranges and trek through New Zealand's dense rainforest on an established pathway surrounded by native kauri and giant fern trees.

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America's Cup

2.25 hours | Auckland | AKL-500
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy. Experience all the excitement of international racing competition on an approximately two-hour cruise aboard an America's Cup-class racer. Try your hand at the helm, join the crew on the grinders, or sit back and enjoy the show.

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Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-105
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Marvel at the incandescent beauty of the Waitomo glowworms, unique to New Zealand, on an underground cruise through limestone cave formations, including the caves' "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect chamber where international stars have performed. Then, a scenic drive brings you to Crosshills Farm for a home-cooked lunch in an English garden setting.

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Auckland By Seaplane

1.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-800
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Soar over Auckland and its surrounding islands on a seaplane, marveling at both natural and man-made wonders. From your sky-high perspective, take in the best of the City of Sails, and fly over crater views of Rangitoto Volcano, Motutapu Island, the lush Waiheke Island, and other highlights before landing back at the harbor.

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Debark Tour: Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-965
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

An exciting way to commemorate disembarkation day, marvel at the incandescent beauty of the Waitomo glowworms, unique to New Zealand, on an underground cruise through limestone cave formations, including the caves' - Cathedral, an acoustically perfect chamber where international stars have performed. Then, a scenic drive brings you to Crosshills Farm for lunch.

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Kiwi Canyoning Adventure

7.5 hours | Auckland | AKL-610
  • West Auckland
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Calling all adventure sport enthusiasts, the art of canyoning uses every part of your body and involves traversing canyons by climbing, abseiling (rappelling), jumping, swimming and scrambling. Experience it all in the stunning landscape of the Waitakere Ranges, a subtropical rainforest with plunging waterfalls, underground caves, and hidden pools in sculptured gorges.

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Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto for Small Groups

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-999
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

This extra special small group tour is an opportunity to marvel at the incandescent beauty of the Waitomo glowworms, unique to New Zealand, on an underground cruise through limestone cave formations, including the caves' "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect chamber where international stars have performed. Then, enjoy lunch at Waitomo homestead restaurant.

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Ruakuri Caves - a Discovery Exclusive

9 hours | Auckland | AKL-150
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Spend the day exploring the natural wonder known as Ruakuri Caves, a sacred Maori site. Behold stunning limestone formations, glittering glowworms and hidden waterfalls as you make your way along New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Waitomo Homestead.

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