Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

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Auckland Shore Excursion Small Group Auckland City Tour

From US$54.77

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the sights of Auckland on a 3-hour small-group shore excursion in the ‘City of Sails.’ A knowledgeable guide takes you by mini-coach across the Harbour Bridge to tour the city center. You’ll drive along Queen Street and the suburb of Ponsonby, take a stroll at Devonport’s Narrow Neck Beach, visit the Auckland Fish Market and see the city spread out before you from the summit of Mt Victoria. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure personalized attention.
  • Auckland small-group city tour
  • Travel along Queen Street in the heart of the central business district
  • See the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby
  • Stroll along Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Auckland from the summit of Mount Victoria
  • Visit Auckland Fish Market and the new Wynyard Quarter
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Local guide
  • Cruise port pick up from the bus stop at 188 Quay Street (PWC Tower)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Small group tour - max 16 people
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 188 Quay Street
    188 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Pick up will be from the bus stop outside the HSBC Building (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland at 8.50am (located next to MSocial Hotel). Please confirm this with us. (If you are travelling pre or post a cruise please confirm your inner city Auckland accommodation with us for pick up)

Pickup points

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Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

If you are arriving off a ship please meet the tour at the bus stop outside the HSBC building (Stop #1346), 188 Quay Street, Auckland - This bus stop of located across and down the road from Ferry Building, Downtown Auckland (Next to MSocial Auckland). Pick up will be at 8.50am. Please reconfirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the cruise departure. If you are staying at a hotel, please let us know and we can give you a pick up time from there. If you are starting at a hotel please reconfirm your hotel with us and we can collect your from there. Freephone 0800 423 224

What To Expect

When your cruise ship pulls into port, set out on a small-group shore excursion in Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails.’ 

Start your 3-hour sightseeing tour with port pickup by mini-coach. Your guide provides informative commentary on notable landmarks, starting with a drive along Queen Street in the Central Business District (CBD). View Auckland University and the 185-acre (75-hectare) Auckland Domain, Auckland's oldest park, before your tour continues past lovely Victorian structures in the nearby suburb of Ponsonby.

Crossing the Harbour Bridge, your guide delivers you to the North Shore. Upon reaching the town of Devonport, get out to stroll Narrow Neck Beach, which boasts views of the extinct volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island. Enjoy a bit of free time in Devonport or Takapuna before driving to the top of Mt Victoria for sweeping views over Auckland.

Returning across the Harbour Bridge, discover the Westhaven marina and visit the Auckland Fish Market for a glimpse of local fishmongers selling fresh seafood. Finish your tour at the lively waterfront of Viaduct Harbour before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Queen Street (Pass By)

Ponsonby (Pass By)

Auckland Harbour Bridge (Pass By)

Narrow Neck Beach

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Rangitoto Island (Pass By)

Mount Victoria Reserve

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Westhaven Marina

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Waitemata Harbour (Pass By)

Auckland Domain

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Parnell (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small-group tour maximum 16 participants
  • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum TWO adults required for the tour to run.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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61 reviews
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We debated in this tour it just the hop on hop off tour and this guided tour is so much more. You’ll receive more info!
Dawn_S, Aug 2023
Wayne was so knowledgeable. He really made the tour great! Loved the tour and he gave such a personal touch. Made each stop memorable
Beautiful scenery & great tour guide!!
Jeffrey_M, Jul 2023
Such a great tour! Jason was our tour guide. He was SO funny and did such a great job at telling us some Auckland history & showing us some beautiful sights! Pickup was on time and super easy. Highly recommend doing this tour!
Highly recommended!
Rosalin_A, Jul 2023
Alex is a great guide. In addition to seeing the places in Auckland, we learned so much facts about Auckland and New Zealand in a span of half a day. Alex is the perfect tour guide.
Excellent short tour of Auckland
Roger_C, Jun 2023
Wayne our guide provided us with a very informative and entertaining tour of Auckland and surrounds. Great way to learn about history and places of this city.
Fun times in Auckland!
Kimberly_P, Jun 2023
Had a great time learning about Auckland! Though it was rainy, it was a great experience! The tour guides were awesome!
Great way to see Auckland
John_W, May 2023
Great way to see Auckland. Nice choice of stops to take pictures. Mount Victoria was a highlight and the beach.
More than grateful!
princess_d, May 2023
They were very considerate and really went beyond our expectarions. Travelled with my 3yr old andwe were almost late at the pick up point. They srill waited for us. Also left my toddler's jacket in the bus and they went back just so they could give it back. Love this tour!
Very professional.
Agnes_W, May 2023
Excellent commentary. Well organized. Covered most of the city within 4 hours. Professional and highly recommended.
Great city overview
Kathy_G, Apr 2023
Beautiful views for great photos in many places. Guide was fun and informative. Would have never seen these places on our own.
Great 1/2 day tour to get started
Maria_M, Apr 2023
Our tour guide Alexander was excellent! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Tour was very interesting and memorable with lots to see . Will definitely use their tour services next holiday in Auckland 😊
Interesting and easy sightseeing
Claudia_G, Apr 2023
Interesting stories and information from the tour guide, nice locations and views to take pictures of.
Great Tour
Stanley_K, Apr 2023
Max was a great driver and guide. His commentary throughout was interesting and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it.
Fun 1/2 Day
Stephen_H, Mar 2023
Tour guide did a great job and was funny and engaging. Overall good experience to get a quick overview of Auckland.
Awesome time!
Tristan_G, Mar 2023
Kevin was a great funny tour guide and we saw a lot of Auckland in a short period of time. Recommend!
Great Experience
Sheila_F, Feb 2023
Maury was an excellent host. He showed us the city and provided history and anecdotes. I definitely recommend this tour.
A quick sip that will leave you hungry for more
Ceegull, Feb 2023
Wayne was as much an integral part of the tour as any of the sites we visited. His perspective, his knowledge and his personality added immensely to our visit and our experience.
Great Guide and 1/2 Day Tour
Melissa_C, Jan 2023
Wayne was an excellent guide. We enjoyed all his stories and “jokes”. He never stopped talking and was constantly giving us information about Auckland. I would highly recommend him as a guide to anyone who wants a great overview on a half-day tour.
Lots of Info, GREAT tour
Lili_K, Jan 2023
Great tour conducted by guide and driver, Wayne. He was very knowledgeable about the locations we visited and drove by. Filled our heads with historical and entertaining facts, tibbits and stories. We did get off the bus, at least, three times. Some of us on the tour needed some hydration: coffee, water, etc. Loved the view from Mt. Victoria. Bush & Beach was allowed to drive up the road, otherwise, we would have to walk up Mt. VIctoria for an awesome view. BONUS! A great tour that covered a large part of Auckland and information about the different neighborhoods we drive through. I would recommend this tour and tour company. Glad we booked this tour on our first full day; we know which neighborhoods and places we want to visit for the rest of our stay in Auckland.
wonderful introduction to auckland
Brigitte_A, Jan 2023
This tour was fantastic, our guide was extremely knowledgable and shared some wonderful insights with us. As there wasn't much traffic due to a public holiday, he made a few extra stops along the way which were wonderful and very much appreciated. I would definitely recommend this tour for a quick overview and introduction to Auckland if you're time poor or to help guide what you would want to see in more detail at a later stage. Really wonderful guide, thank you!
Lovely few hours...
MrsTheresaM_M, Jan 2023
Lovely few hours exploring Auckland, Alan was knowledgeable and answered all questions. Don't forget to go up the SKY Tower it is definitely worth a visit

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