Auckland Scenic Day Tour Full-Day- 8 HOURS

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From US$134.59

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just one day. Snap photos of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill; take in the views from Tamaki Drive and Mission Bay; explore vibrant neighborhoods like Ponsonby; and visit off-the-beaten-track attractions like Muriwai Beach, the Auckland Domain and Parnell.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • See Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill
  • This tour is limited to a maximum of 11 or 14 persons

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at Downtown Centrally Situated Hotels or Cruise Ships
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Wine-tasting
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

  • Sky Tower
    Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We pick up ONLY from all Downtown CBD Accommodation (Hotels, BNBs, Backpackers Hotels etc) and also the cruise terminals for guests arriving by cruise ship

What To Expect

Your full-day tour of Auckland begins with pick-up from your central hotel and a scenic drive through the city to the North Shore. Admire views across Waitemata Harbour as you cross the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge and arrive in the lively seafront village of Devonport. Hop out to stretch your legs and take photos as your guide points out the Auckland skyline to the south, then drives you to North Head to enjoy views of the volcanic Rangitoto Island.

Cross back into central Auckland and follow the Tamaki Drive, a dramatic coastal road that winds its way along Waitematā Harbour to Misson Bay. Along the way, pass the glitzy waterfront of Viaduct harbor; spot the iconic Sky Tower looming above the buildings; and stop at lookout points like Achilles Point and Bastion Point.

Next, pay a visit to Cornwall Park to see the legendary One Tree Hill, where your guide will tell you all about the crater hill and its significance to the Maori people. Another beautiful park is the Auckland Domain in the Parnell neighborhood, where you’ll have chance to admire the Wintergarden. Then, get a glimpse of local life as you drive through Ponsonby, one of Auckland’s hippest neighborhoods, and perhaps peek into the shops along Ponsonby road.

After lunch (own expense), it’s time to head out of the city towards the wild west coast and Muriwai Beach. Breathe in the sea air as you stroll the black sand beach, then head to the southern end of the beach to visit one of New Zealand’s most important Gannet breeding colonies. There’s just time to make a stop at one of the wineries along the Kumeu Wine Trail for a wine tasting (included) before heading back to the city. Finally, your tour ends with drop off at your hotel.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Some easy walking is involved. Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Minimum Age is 10 years
  • We can provide this tour to groups larger than 14 by discussions with Viator and ourselves
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to get an overview of Auckland.
I highly recommend this tour and get Dave as yoru river.
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This is the one to take.
Robert_V, Mar 2023
A great small group tour (10 people). David was exceptional and really shared his love for his country and his hometown. He immediately learned everyone's name and introduced each of us as new people were picked up from their hotels. Turns out all but two will be on our cruise, so we all have someone to connect with. The stop for wine tasting and lunch were great. Highly recommend this tour.
Worth the time and money to learn about Auckland and see the highlights
Lynn_J, Mar 2023
Mike picked us up as promised. Just 4 of us on the tour and we had a great time seeing the Auckland highlights. It was a balanced mix of city, waterfront, residential, winery, overlooks, beaches, harbors and marinas. Also, the stops and walks were just right. The lunch spot was relaxing and delicious. Mike grew up in Auckland and knew volumes about the history and how the city has grown and evolved. His insight and suggestions on things to do was an added bonus. Mike made it an awesome day!
Amazing views, great way to see all of the highlights in a single day!
Kimberly_S, Mar 2023
We really enjoyed this day! Our tour guide, Mike, was excellent and he was clearly passionate about Auckland. The transportation was comfortable and the tour included a nice variety of scenic drives in neighborhood and beaches, short walks for even better views, a nice relaxing lunch at a historic place by the river, and a wine tasting at a cute family owned and operated vineyard. We had tried to get a feel for Auckland the day before on our own when we arrived, but we hadn’t seen anything like what this tour had to offer. We are so glad we took this tour to truly experience all of the highlights of beautiful Auckland!
Wonderful day.
Mel_C, Mar 2023
The driver was fantastic. He knew his history, the backstories and the information to make the trip memorable. We had some handcapped people that he was able to encourage and keep pace with everyone in a way that no one was disappointed. Highly recommend the trip.
Best Auckland tour guide and tour!
Courtney_H, Feb 2023
David was a fantastic tour guide! Despite rain being in the forecast, he successfully showed us all the great locations missing the rain the entire day! The tour was fantastic!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you! Our tour guide says that rain was threatening all day, but he managed to circle around and time everything to perfection so that this wouldn't impact the enjoyment of your tour. We really appreciate your comments about our tour and one of our tour guides. Auckland is a such a scenically spectacular city. You just need a knowledgeable tour guide to show you our city. We were privileged to do that. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Auckland with Mike Silva
Nancy_T, Feb 2023
Mike Silva was GREAT! Felt like we covered every single area in Auckland. Comfortable car, had umbrellas, great restaurant to have lunch, lots of information, friendly, funny & so professional. Would recommend this trip with this guy for anyone who wishes to see Auckland! Thank you!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Our 8-Hour Auckland Tour, as you mention, is the perfect tour to see Auckland. Sit back in the comfort of one of our Mercedes-Benz and let one of our professional, affable and highly knowledgeable guides show you the stunning scenic beauty, rich history and culture of Auckland. Our 12 or 15 seater Mercedes are perfect for this. Due to the topography of Auckland, we go where the 60-70 seater buses just cannot go. This affords the most spectacular views as you experienced. Any yes, is there any better place to have lunch in one of the most historic locations in New Zealand. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Great tour!!!
Robin_D, Feb 2023
David did an amazing job showing us Auckland. I highly recommend this tour. We had a great time, amazing views, tasted local wine and fish and chips.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Love your beautiful photo and the backdrop of the Auckland sky line. The colours are amazing. And yes, what better way to break our journey at our lunch destination than with "world-famous" fish and chips at an iconic 1857 destination. Thank you for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides and for choosing our tour.
Great day in Auckland.
Cindy_B, Feb 2023
It was a great day. Our tour guide David was excellent. I would highly recommend this tour. David was very knowledgeable about the city and it's history.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your lovely comments about our 8-Hour Auckland tour and one of our tour guides; also his knowledge of Auckland and its history. This is what makes our tour so renowned. We make no secret of the fact that our tour is the most comprehensive 8-Hour Auckland Tour available. You experienced that first hand. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Wonderful postcard of Auckland !
Doris_L, Feb 2023
The scenic tour really lived up to its name. The ocean views, informative stories about volcanoes & Māori people, yummy gelato, lovely lunch on the River & wine tasting were all very enjoyable! Mike did a great job. It’s so nice to be guided by someone who loves his career.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
You are so right that our tour is " Wonderful postcard of Auckland !" Yes, as our name, Auckland Scenic Tours suggests, we have designed every one of our tours so that we showcase the stunning scenic beauty not only of Auckland but New Zealand. We pack so much into our tour as you comment on as we sample wine at a vineyard out West; but isn't our lunch destination so unique, so historic and so special. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides and also for choosing our tour. It was a privilege hosting you.
A wonderful Day
Beverly_B, Feb 2023
Dave, our driver, was excellent and explained things very well. Showed us all about the big city. Seeing beautiful homes along the way. Telling us of the history, did not know that Auckland was the largest city in the world. The views were amazing. I feel we saw a lot in a short amount of time. Sometimes felt a bit rushed. But all in all, glad to have seen as much as we did. Kudos to Dave. Thanks for a memorable time.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you! Thank you for your comments " Thanks for a memorable time" and "A wonderful Day." Yes, we recognize that guests only have a very limited time in Auckland. We want them to see as much of Auckland as is possible in 8-Hours. You experienced that first hand plus the stunning and spectacular scenic beauty all day and particularly from aloft 2 volcanoes (extinct), the rich history and culture of Auckland not to forget our fauna and flora. Then in the hands of one of our knowledge guides, and isn't our tour the most magical and beautiful experience. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
great day tour, after tryong weather
Glenn_W, Feb 2023
meeting and working with our guide .... david .... who very friendly knowledgeable he did a fantasctic job ,,, show our tour all parts of the auckland area ... after a devastating flash flood 2 days earlier that claimed his car also.. we saw and learned much of auckland and new zealand heritage and culture and view some amazing old volcanos .... defence lookout for the harbor... along with very secluded beach cliffs and beaches before heading to a winery for tasting there wears ...... lunch was nice at the riverside tavern ..and more sites around the city include davenport trendy area and the famed bridge great day for us and others i hope .... david was a great guide and driver.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you! You are so right that Auckland had a weather pattern, unheard of in our history with the rainfall of 5 months falling in 24 hours; not once but twice. But this didn't dampen our spirits. We were privileged to show you our beautiful city, unfold its rich history and culture and equally its fauna and flora. Add in one of our highly knowledgeable tour guides and our tour is truly not only a very special tour but the most comprehensive 8-Hour Auckland Tour available. We make no secret of that. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and your lovely comments.
Fantastic Aucland
Delmer_B, Feb 2023
We enjoy every part of our tour. Our guide David was fantastic.. a five star guide. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. He even gave suggestions on what to do after the tour
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We loved your comments about our tour and also the way you described one of our tour guides: "a five star guide." If you have a spare day in Auckland, our 8-Hour Tour is the best way to see Auckland. It is the most comprehensive Auckland Tour available. It is an extremely popular tour when the cruise ships are in port, so our suggestion is to book very early to avoid disappointment. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
An awesome day’s adventure.
Ruth_H, Feb 2023
The Auckland scenery, the wine tasting and the dormant volcano. The driver was so knowledgeable about everything we saw.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you! We have designed our 8-Hour Auckland Tour to truly encapsulate the true fabric of Auckland. Whilst you only mention a few of the activities that we experience, we have designed our tour in such a way that in 8-hours, you see the rich history and culture of Auckland, its spectacular scenery but equally its fauna and flora. Thank you for sharing these lovely comments and for choosing our tour
A great capsule of Auckland, a full days worth of learning.
Carole_O, Jan 2023
The entire tour was an excellent way to see and experience the sights of Auckland from the city to the country. Our wine tour was very well done and we tasted some very good wines. Seeing a few of the volcanic hills around Auckland was an experience for us. The suburbs of Auckland are very extensive and we toured many of them. The tour commentary given by Dave was excellent one of the best tour guides we have had in the past 20 years. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see more of Auckland. The tour Co kept us informed prior to the tour and the morning of the tour. In our experience this does not always happen much appreciated. The pick up was on time as was the tour ending. Our lunch stop although changed was excellent with good food and drinks. If we return to Auckland in future we would seriously consider taking this tour again from the same company.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We thank you for your comment: " that one of our tour guides was excellent, one of the best tour guides we have had in the past 20 years. " Also for your head line " A great capsule of Auckland, a full days worth of learning." Our 8-Hour Tour of Auckland is a very special tour. You experienced that; but what make this tour even more special are our tour guides. They have enormous knowledge of Auckland and are so passionate about sharing this. We also pride ourselves on our communication from the moment we get your booking till the day we finally say goodbye at the end of our tour. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Courteous knowledgeable
Allen_T, Jan 2023
Tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable Readily answered questions Was always concerned about our safety
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you. Our #1 focus on every one of our tours is your personal safety and the safety of your possessions. Thank you for recognizing and commenting on this. We appreciate also your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Saw 110 different things...
Elliot_E, Jan 2023
Saw 110 different things see you then beautiful forest and beach on the west coast, wine tasting, shuffle different music areas of Auckland, taken two excellent restaurant for lunch, (Not included) Views from top of extinct volcanos etc. Best city tour ever taken!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour and for choosing our tour. I sense you fell in love with Auckland. Best wishes for the rest of 2023.
Scenery was beautiful,...
Fred_L, Jan 2023
Scenery was beautiful, visited multiple sites, David was informative, very friendly & lots of information. A great way to get acquainted with a new city! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you. Isn't Auckland such a scenically beautiful and spectacular City. You just need, not only a knowledgeable tour guide, but also a well designed 8-Hour Tour to achieve that. We pride ourselves on providing both as you experienced first hand. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
Great tour and a 5 * guide as well.
gzwood, Jan 2023
Our guide Mike had a wet and foggy day to deal with and he reorganised the itinerary to give us the best chance of seeing the highlights later in the day when the weather was forecast to clear Good tactics as it turned out. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Mike had extensive local knowledge and could relate how the City has changed over the last 40 years or so. Thankyou to Mike for making our day so memorable.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
We really appreciated your comment "Great tour and a 5 * guide as well." You are right that we have had some very challenging weather recently and often we reshuffle our day's itinerary so that we get to the elevated places, where you have the most spectacular views, with the best weather. I am so pleased to read that our tour guide did this and also your lovely comments about his knowledge of Auckland. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
You will love this tour!!!
Garland_K, Jan 2023
Mike, our tour guide was awesome!! Kind, generous, professional….patient with all. He is a magnificent promoter of his wonderful country. Great stories, great insights….wonderful human being. I recommend without reservation.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We love your head line : " You will love this tour!!!" We particularly value your comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced why our tour guides are so renowned in our industry for their professionalism. affability, knowledge and the patience that you mention on this or any of our other 19 tours. Isn't Auckland such a spectacularly beautiful city? It was our privilege to showcase this to you.
Great Overview Auckland Tour
Scott_M, Jan 2023
If you’re looking for a great overview of Auckland this is the tour. Dave our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions even some obscure ones. Dave also gave us ideas for our next free day. The cost of this tour is well worth it.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you. We pride ourselves on the knowledge of all our guides. We make no secret of the fact that our 8-Hour Auckland tour is the most comprehensive available. It is the perfect tour for someone here on a cruise ship for a day; or just in Auckland for a short time wanting to see as much as possible. You experienced that first hand. It was a privilege hosting you. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.