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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Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | A K L - 1 0 5
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Let glowworms be your guide during a cruise through a subterranean world where millions twinkle like the night sky. Marvel at limestone cave formations like the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that's hosted renowned performing artists. Then, enjoy a home-cooked lunch in an English garden setting at Crosshills Farm.

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Moderate Activity, Includes meal

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Ruakuri Caves - a Discovery Exclusive

9 hours | Auckland | A K L - 1 5 0
  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Behold breathtaking stalactites and glittering glowworms, hear the sound of rushing waterfalls and embrace the spirit of the Maori with a visit to Ruakuri Caves, New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour. A buffet lunch will be enjoyed at the Waitomo Homestead, set within a beautiful rural setting.

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Auckland Explorer Hop on Hop off

1 hours | Auckland | A K L - 1 8 5
  • Auckland Museums

Hop On and Hop Off and explore Auckland at your own pace and according to your own interests. Enjoy all that the City of Sails has to offer. This comprehensive sightseeing adventure with commentary stops at such landmarks as the Auckland Museum, SkyCity, Parnell Village, downtown Auckland and Newmarket.

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$69.95

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Local Connections: City Drive & Auckland Museum

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 0 0
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Get ready for a guided tour of exhibits, including Maori and Polynesian collections. 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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Local Connections: City Drive & Auckland Museum (Wheelchair Accessible)

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 0 1
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Designed as wheelchair accessible, the Auckland Museum will open its doors early for a guided tour of exhibits exclusively for Princess guests. View its Maori and Pacific treasures then discover Auckland on a narrated driving tour highlighting the city's top sights, and sweeping vistas from atop a scenic viewpoint.

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Devonport Village & Auckland's North Shore

3.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 1 5
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • North Shore

Explore the laid back North Shore area with a guided tour of the Devonport peninsula. Then embark on an independent tour of the picturesque village of Devonport, one of the oldest settlements in New Zealand. Finally, return to Auckland via ferry at your own discretion.

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Local Connections: National Maritime Museum & Harbour Cruise

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 4 0
  • Auckland Museums
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • North Shore

Get to know Auckland's maritime history with a guided tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum, whose collections of Polynesian and Maori vessels, maritime art and crafts, and navigation surveying chronicles Auckland's relationship with the sea. A cruise through the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour on a heritage vessel follows.

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All Blacks Experience & Sky Tower

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 4 5
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Step out onto Sky Tower's observation deck for inspiring views. Then, test your skills when you step onto the field of the All Blacks, the most successful international men's rugby team of all time. This full sensory, fun and interactive experience is sure to inspire guests of any age.

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Weta Workshop Unleashed & Sky Tower

3.75 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 5 5

Ooh and ahh over the panoramic views of Tamaki Makaurau from the observation deck of the ultra-modern Sky Tower. Then delve into the thrilling world of movie-making at Weta Workshop, where you'll explore the interactive and immersive sets where horror, fantasy and sci-fi films come to life.

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Easy Auckland - City Highlights

1.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 8 5
  • 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 central business district, the famous Sky Tower, and a host of other highlights.

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City Drive & Maori Performance at Museum

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 2 9 5
  • 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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Local Connections: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 3 0 5
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience
  • North Shore

Quench your thirst for knowledge about New Zealand's internationally acclaimed wines 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 rieslings, sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs.

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Matakana Wine & Sculpture

6 hours | Auckland | A K L - 3 1 0
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Indulge in a day of art, wine and food in the picturesque Matakana wine region. Stroll through the amazing sculpture park at Brick Bay Winery followed by lunch in the Glass House. Continue to Heron's Flight Winery for a wine tasting.

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Waiheke Island & Wineries

5.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 3 5 0
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Make a grape escape to Waiheke Island, known as New Zealand's "island of wine." Soak up breathtaking views of the coastline as you journey to two local wineries for tastings along with a cheese platter at one of the wineries.

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Zipline Adventure

4.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 4 0 5
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Test your nerves soaring over the treetops on an exhilarating zip line adventure at Waiheke Island Eco-Adventure Park. Back on earth, you'll embark on a guided nature walk to the visitor center and learn about the indigenous flora and fauna, and efforts to preserve this Site of Environmental Significance.

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Piha Bush & Beach Eco Tour

5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 4 1 0
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Soak up the stunning beauty of Auckland's natural wonders with a wilderness adventure that begins with a walk on the beach and ends with a trek through New Zealand's dense rainforest. Be sure to have your camera to capture the panoramic views and flora and fauna.

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America's Cup

2.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 5 0 0
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Hoist up the main sails, grind a winch and or take the helm of a genuine America's Cup-class racer. If something more relaxing is your speed, you can sit back, enjoy the action and marvel at the spectacular views as the yacht sails through Hauraki Gulf.

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Auckland Jet Boat

1.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 5 0 5
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • New Zealand Adventure Experience

Zip across the deep-blue waters of Auckland Harbour aboard a high-speed turbocharged jet boat. Hang on as the captain executes sweeping turns, fishtails, spins and power brake tricks, treating you to the entire repertoire of jet boat maneuvers. Along with the thrills, you'll enjoy many local highlights with expert narration.

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

8 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 0 0
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Experience some of Auckland's most scenic and fascinating sites from the comfort of a private van on this fully customizable full day adventure. Design the itinerary yourself for up to six passengers with ample time to wander from one intriguing landmark to another.

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

8 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 0 5
  • Auckland Harbour and Islands
  • Auckland City and Surrounds

Experience some of Auckland's most scenic and fascinating sites from the comfort of a private car on this fully customizable full day adventure. Design the itinerary yourself for up to two passengers with ample time to wander from one intriguing landmark to another.

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Debark Tour: Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 6 5
  • 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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Debark Tour: Auckland Highlights with Museum

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 7 0
  • 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: A GOURMET'S WORLD

6 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 8 0
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Get your senses ready for an exclusive day in Auckland's west coast. Savor its culinary culture with lunch and a wine tasting at The Vineyard Cottages, a quiet retreat on the edge of a vineyard. Then, relax at the magical black sand beach of Muriwai, home of a gannet colony.

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Local Connections: Walk, Talk, Eat Auckland

2.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 8 5
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Calling all gourmands (and those who just can't resist sampling local delights)! Nibble your way through Auckland's lovely streets as you soak up Auckland's history, legends, and culinary delights. Designed exclusively for Princess guests, local expert Karen Thompson Smith will take you around the heart of the city.

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Local Connections: City Highlights & Icecream Delights

2.5 hours | Auckland | A K L - 9 9 0
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience

Check out the sights and enjoy a few bites of Giapo Ice Cream during an exclusive Princess designed guided tour. Highlights include Waitemata Harbour, the Neo-Classic Auckland War Museum, the delightful Mt. Eden Village, the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and a behind-the-scenes visit and a tasting at Giapo Ice Cream.

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