Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel 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)

After pick up from your central Auckland hotel, travel up Queen St - the main street of the city centre and home to iconic buildings and mixture of shops and CBD offices

Ponsonby (Pass By)

Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore.

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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47 reviews
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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
Auckland Delightfully Condensed
Joseph_C, Jan 2023
A delightful half day with an entertaining, knowledgeable tour guide, Wayne. Condensed a broad area into a rich understanding of the history, culture and humor of Auckland. In a short time it helped us see more of Auckland than we would have been able to do on our own. Good value for the time and money involved. Highly recommended!
I think the guide we had,...
Maira_J, Jan 2023
I think the guide we had, I can’t remember his name, was worth his weight in gold. Very informative with a terrific sense of humour.
Debra_L, Dec 2022
Our guide was really good very friendly and joke all the time and knew what he talking about we see places in Auckland that we wouldn’t have seen
Great Tour
fwking54, Nov 2022
Great tour with knowledgable and helpful driver. Tour covered a great range of interests with excellent panoramic views.
Aukland overview
Janet_S, Nov 2022
This was a shore tour The guide was friendly , funny and informative He really made the short number of hours available to us fly by and managed to give us panoramic views of Aukland and all the best sights
Great Tour
Timothy_K, Oct 2022
We went all over the city with pauses to take pictures. Viator won't let me continue on through this review unless I say more. OK, this was a crappy tour, don't take it.
Great intro to the city
Graham_W, Oct 2022
This was a very enjoyable & informative tour. Our driver/guide Murray was excellent. Next time I would opt for the full day with a bit more exercise.
Nice tour to explore Auckland
CarolAnn_P, Oct 2022
This is a nice tour to explore Auckland and its surroundings. The rain poured hard on the day of our tour so we didn't really go out of the van. It would have been nice if it didn't rain though but this is none of our control. Nice tour! Totally recommend to everyone.
Fun day out
GEORGINA_S, Oct 2022
Great day 45min by ferry from auckland enjoy tour delivered michell was great host the best oysters & food stopped at 4 vineyard plenty of wine
Must do experience
CHERYL_D, Aug 2022
The tour guide was very welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. Loved the sights and places we visited
Auckland City Tour
Heiddi_P, Apr 2021
It was an awesome tour 😍. Our tourist guide is very accomodating and has a sense of humour. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, May 2021
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your tour Heiddi and thank you for taking the time to review. Kind regards Ben Bush and Beach
Exactly what it promises.
Linsey_F, Mar 2020
Although this was a short tour and the traffic was very slow, our tour guide did a great job, showing us the highlights of Auckland. He was very knowledgeable, made sure we were dropped off, picked up safely and had a very approachable manner. He took the time to drop us off as close to the ship as possible, taking into account the roadworks. I would certainly recommend this tour.