Points of Interest
- Auckland Museums
- Auckland City and Surrounds
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
What you will visit:
The Auckland Museum is a neoclassical building overlooking the picturesque Waitemata Harbour. The outstanding collection features exhibits on New Zealand and Pacific Island cultures and showcases an extensive collection of Polynesian artifacts. Highlights include a large Maori meeting house and a mighty, 82-foot war canoe carved from an enormous totara tree. The top floor of the museum details New Zealand's involvement in wars against the Maori people, its involvement in both World Wars and Korea, as well as the country's peacekeeping efforts.
Maori Cultural Performance (at the museum)
Experience the Auckland Museum's cultural performance group "Haka Legend," which offers insight into Maori mythology, genealogy (whakapapa) and spirituality (taha wairua) during a stirring performance of traditional stories, chants and dances, culminating in the world-famous haka. The museum's Maori cultural performance concludes with photo opportunities with the performers. You'll also have free time to view the exhibits chronicling New Zealand's experience in World War I and World War II. Highlights include an extremely rare Japanese Zero and a British Spitfire.
Auckland (city drive)
Nicknamed the "City of Sails," Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbors on two different bodies of water. The waterfront location offers visitors and locals alike beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, and a temperate climate in addition to a cosmopolitan city just waiting to be explored. A diverse population brings an exciting blend of cultures to Auckland, and European, Asian and South Pacific influences are reflected in the city's architecture and cultural charm.
What you will see along the way:
A relaxed, narrated driving tour takes you past many 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. You'll see the colonial-style shops that line the charming streets of Parnell Village, an exclusive shopping district; Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere; and dazzling vistas from a scenic viewpoint.
No tour would be complete without a photo stop at a scenic viewpoint. Be sure to have your camera to commemorate the moment.
Special Notes:Motorcoach portion of the tour operates with a driver/guide.
Photos taken at the museum must be for personal use only; tripods are not permitted. For security reasons backpacks and other large hand-carry items are not allowed into the museum.
Child Price:12 years & under only
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.
Wharf to Auckland War Memorial Museum including city sights tour through CBD
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Visit to Museum including Maori Cultural Performance
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Scenic drive via Parnel, a photo stop at Bastion Point and back to wharf
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