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Walking tours

The 2 Auckland Visitor Centres (telephone: (09) 979 2333) provide leaflets giving details of the many marked trails around the city.

These include heritage walks that visit historic buildings in Auckland's many suburbs, as well as nature walks near the city and way out in the more remote areas.

However, as the city is expansive and most tourists prefer walking in the natural terrain, there are no dedicated walking tours of the city.

Bus Tours

The Explorer Bus links several of the visitor attractions in central Auckland.

Telephone:(0800) 439 756
Email address: info@explorerbus.co.nz
Website address: www.explorerbus.co.nz

A day pass costs NZ $30, the bus leaves from the ferry terminal every 30 minutes, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, and as it is a hop-on hop-off experience, the tour takes as long as it takes.

At the Auckland Museum, there is a further summer satellite link that takes passengers on to more outlying attractions, including the Auckland Art Gallery and the Auckland Zoo.

Many companies offer city tours, which last half a day and cost around NZ $55 (or NZ $185 for a full day) including hotel pick up and drop off.

Companies include:

Claud 9 Tours
Telephone: (09) 818 2562
Email address: info@claud9tours.com
Website address: www.claud9tours.com

Great Sights
Telephone: (0800) 744 487 or (09) 375 4700
Email address: reservations@greatsights.co.nz
Website address: www.greatsights.co.nz

North West Auckland run half day winery tours that include sightseeing:
Telephone: (09) 630 1540
Email address: john@winetrailtours.com
Website address: www.winetrailtours.co.nz
Cost: NZ $90 for half a day or NZ $145 for a full day

Bush and Beach offer wilderness and adventure tours

Telephone: (09) 575 1458
Email address: bbl@bushandbeach.co.nz
Website address: www.bushandbeach.co.nz
Cost: NZ $85 half a day or NZ $130 for a full day. Downtown pick up is included.

Boat Tours

Tours of Auckland harbour are available through:

Telephone: (09) 367 9111
Website address: www.fullers.co.nz

The most popular tours are the 90 minute to 2 hour ‘Harbour Cruises’, costing NZ $30.40 and departing at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm.

Most call in at Devonport and sail across to Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, whilst some also visit Kelly Tarlton’s.

There are 2 ex America’s Cup racers, the NZL 40 and NZ 41 offering cruises of 2 hours for NZ $125, and 3 hour races for NZ $195 (telephone: (0800) 724 569).

The more sedate option is the Pride of Auckland (telephone: (09) 373 4557) which cruises peacefully, costing NZ $48. A coffee cruise costs NZ $58, a luncheon cruise for NZ $68 and a dinner cruise NZ $90.

Visitors could also try a cruise on the Soren Larsen, which is a Danish Baltic trader made of oak and built in 1949:

Telephone: (0800) 707265 or (09) 411 8755
Email address: escape@sorenlarsen.co.nz
Website address: www.sorenlarsen.co.nz

Tours take 3 to 4 hours and cost NZ $97, and include lunch. Departures are from opposite the Ferry Building and Dock office, at weekends, mid November to mid February.

Excursions for half day

The Hauraki Gulf Islands

The Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park contains 47 islands, some being only a few minutes sail away from Auckland:

Telephone: (09) 379 6476
Email address: aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Website address: www.doc.govt.nz

Some of these islands are nature reserves closed to the general public, although others are devoted to tourist pleasures, with all the usual holiday facilities.

Rangitoto island

The volcanic island of Rangitoto is the largest volcanic cone in Auckland and is one of the most popular islands.

There are numerous ferries per day from Auckland’s ferry building and the trip takes 30 minutes. Details are available from Fullers Cruise Centre (telephone: (09) 367 9111).

Guided walking tours of Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf are available from The New Zealand Walking Company:

Telephone / facsimile: (09) 235 0099
Website address: www.nzwalkingcompany.com

A 3 night excursion costs NZ $1,117 while a 6 night tour will set you back NZ $1,969, however this price does include accommodation, guide, food and transport.

Excursions for a whole day

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Walkers with compassion for New Zealand wildlife in the raw will enjoy Tiritiri Matangi Island, some 30 kilometres (which is 19 miles) north, a restocked and reforested sanctuary for many rare species of native bird.

A Fullers Ferry to the island leaving from the ferry terminal costs NZ $45 (day return). Once there, the Department of Conservation (DOC) guides on the beach, impart bush and bird lore for NZ$5 an hour.

Telephone: (09) 379 6476
Email address: aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Website address: www.doc.govt.nz

Visitors should not forget to take lunch, because there is nowhere to buy any.

Auckland vineyards

New Zealand makes some of the best wine in the world, especially sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and chardonnay. The best known vineyards are located further south, such as in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, although Auckland has several good vineyards to the west of the city, notably in the Henderson and Kumeu areas.

Several tour companies organise day trips, which normally include visits to at least 4 vineyards and lunch at 1 of them. Cost is in the region of NZ $55 to $145 for a half or full day, depending on the number of people, some tours require a minimum number of passengers.

Companies include:
North West Auckland
Telephone:(09) 630 1540
Website address: www.winetrailtours.co.nz

Bush and Beach
Telephone: (09) 575 1458
Website address: www.bushandbeach.co.nz

Waitakere Scenic Tours
Telephone / facsimile: (09) 817 4547

The extra special Fine Wine Tours
Website address: www.insidertouring.co.nz