Things to Do in Auckland This Winter
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Things to Do in Auckland This Winter

Things to Do in Auckland This Winter

Winter (June to August) can be rainy in Auckland, but the mild temperatures and fewer crowds also make it ideal for sightseeing in the city, and there are plenty of museums and indoor attractions to escape the showers. Here are some ideas for things to do in Auckland this winter.

  • Check off Auckland’s top attractions aboard a hop-on hop-off bus —from the open upper deck, if the weather allows—and get a free ferry pass to boot.
  • Spot humpback whales and southern right whales during their annual migration on a whale- and dolphin-watching cruise in the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Choose a clear winter day to take in panoramic views of the city with skip-the-line tickets to Auckland’s Sky Tower.
  • Discover Auckland’s foodie scene and taste New Zealand wines on a food-and-wine-focused walking tour of the city.
  • Escape the cold with a visit to the Auckland Museum, including a Maori cultural performance.
  • Make easy work of Auckland’s hills and glide up to the city’s top vista points on an electric-bike tour.
  • Cozy up aboard a luxury yacht and admire Auckland’s glittering illuminations on an evening dinner cruise.
  • Escape the city for a day trip to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set and Waitomo glowworm caves.
  • Marvel at New Zealand’s marine life without getting wet at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE® Aquarium.
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Picnic lunch included.
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  • 12 hours
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with English audio commentary, the bus tour takes about an hour to complete. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village, Auckland Museum or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

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Sail away on a harbor cruise in Auckland and enjoy a 3-course dinner during a memorable tour of Waitemata Harbour highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Set out aboard a sailing yacht from Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy service in the dining room while at anchor in Westhaven Marina. As evening falls, your expert captain shares informative facts about Auckland and its iconic sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

Auckland Sky Tower General Admission Ticket

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Auckland’s Sky Tower has stood 1076 feet tall (328 meters) over the city since 1994, and is one of its most popular attractions, especially for first-time visitors. Save money and time by pre-booking your general Sky Tower admission ticket, which allows you to spend one to two hours at three observation levels. Get quickly orientated and spot key landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge, Mount Eden, and Waiheke Island.
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The Easy Rider: a relaxed electric bike tour ride along Auckland's Waterfront
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The Easy Rider: a relaxed electric bike tour ride along Auckland's Waterfront

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Auckland’s waterfront is an ideal destination for cycling, as it’s mostly flat and very scenic. Cover a lot of ground, learn about what you’re seeing, and avoid getting lost on this easy cycle tour. You don’t have to be super athletic as electric bikes make cycling easy, meaning you can focus on checking out the sights. Admire the views of Mission Bay, the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Harbour Bridge, and more. This is an ideal tour for travelers who haven’t ridden in a while, or for mixed-ability groups.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS
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Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

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Get a personalized introduction to Auckland’s most important sights on a half-day tour for your group of up to 11 people. Make the most of your time in Auckland with a convenient trip that includes round-trip hotel transfer from centrally-located Auckland hotels.
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  • 4 hours
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