Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower
Your Auckland shore excursion begins with a sightseeing tour of the city’s most famous sights, including Quay Street, the Harbour Bridge and Waitemata Harbour, Queen Street, Auckland University and Auckland Museum, Dominion Parks and Gardens, and the Tamaki Waterfront. You’ll see how Auckland lies on two island-dotted harbors and is surrounded by the dormant cones of 49 volcanoes.
From here, you’ll be transferred to the Sky Tower, Auckland’s iconic landmark. Soaring 1,075 feet (328 meters) into the sky, it’s the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Take in stunning views of Auckland’s buildings and harbors from the observation deck, and learn more about the city’s history by watching the interesting audiovisual displays.
Then view Auckland from the water on a 90-minute harbor cruise. Explore Waitemata Harbour, see the volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island, visit Devonport and see the Harbour Bridge and Westhaven Marina. On the return cruise to Auckland’s waterfront, enjoy tea or coffee and a muffin before returning to the Ferry Terminal.
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.
- Harbor cruise
- Light refreshments
- pickup short walk from port
- Professional guide
- Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Port drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- If your cruise departs before 4pm - this tour is not suitable
- For passengers ending their cruise in Auckland and have the day available for this tour option there is a secure luggage storage available on the wharf close to where your cruise ship will berth. Should luggage storage be required full details will be supplied at the time of your booking confirmation
The Harbor Cruise was very nice, as was the Sky Tower. However, the City Sightseeing Tour was not so impressive. The bus was nice, but made many stops to pickup passengers before the tour actually started. The driver was not very personable and made only a few rushed stops for pictures but then took us to a side-street shopping area for over 30 minutes so that he could take his break. The area may not have been such a waste of time if anything but a couple of small cafes had been open. The price of the excursion was worth it for the Harbor Cruise and the Sky Tower, but the Sightseeing Tour seemed a waste of precious time.
Was quite haphazard to start with as we were given conflicting information about our departure point, shuffling to and fro from the bus stand to the M Social Hotel. Good introduction to Auckland, stopping at various points of interest. Guide was well informed but I did not remember her name. Harbour cruise was interesting but was delayed at the start. At the end of the cruise someone was supposed to meet our tour group and take us to the SKY Tower. No sign of the guide and some of us went walking upp and down Quay street in search of guide or bus! As we had to find our way back on our own if we were to make the SKY Tower tour we decided that we had expended too much time and would run the possible risk of a late return to the ship.
The city tour was very good, the harbor cruise was scenic but covered everything on city tour. The snacks were expensive so bring your own! The description of tour said light snack but none were provided. The sky tower was exciting and breath taking views.
Eric was out guide on the bus and was very knowledgeable and gave us an interesting tour of the city. Our biggest concern was that we spent a large amount of time waiting for shuttles to get from one part of the tour to another, such as from the ships berth to a meeting point, then to another meeting point, then to the harbor for a tour, then another shuttle to the sky tower. Then we found that the tour ended at the sky tower! We had to either walk back to the port, or take a taxi. Good thing the weather was good as it was at least 8 blocks back. It was just an ok excursion, a lot of time standing around waiting...