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Auckland Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

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Explore the city from the top deck of Auckland’s only open top double decker bus tour. Your local Kiwi guide will entertain you with live commentary about all 16 stops on both routes. Hop on and off at your leisure or sit back and take in the sights.

  • Duration: 1-24 Hours
  • Printed or mobile voucher accepted
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Live Guide
  • Multilingual Audio Guides
  • Free Wifi

Tour Highlights

  • Pick up point conveniently located near the Cruise Ship Terminals on Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour - 16 Stops across 2 Routes
  • Visit Auckland's Historical Landmarks and Attractions in one day
  • Enjoy fantastic views from Auckland only open top double decker bus tour - Fully Air Conditioned seating available downstairs
  • Live Commentary from our friendly local guides - Free Wifi & Multilingual audio commentaries available on the Central Tour

Tour Description

Just a short walk away from your cruise ship at the Viaduct Harbour you can hop aboard Auckland's only open top double decker bus tour and experience all of the city’s must see historical landmarks and attractions.

On the Central Tour with Free Wi-Fi, you will visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium and the Auckland Museum before arriving at our conveniently located central Interchange at the iconic Auckland Sky Tower. Switch buses with the help of our friendly ground staff and move onto the Western Tour which stops at the St Lukes Shopping Mall and Auckland Zoo before getting a close up view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Ride in comfort and style and complete all 16 stops on both routes in 3 hours and return to your ship to relax before departing or for the more adventurous hop on and off at your leisure throughout the day and experience Auckland’s attractions and cuisine.

There truly is no better way to experience what this world class city has to offer in just one day!

Know before you go

Tour Pass & Pricing

You must keep your tour pass safe and replacements cannot be issued. You must show your pass as you board. The tour pass remains the property of Soaring Kiwi Tours. Passes are not transferrable. Prices may be altered at any time. Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.


Child passes are available for children aged 5 – 14 years. Children under 5 years may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Routes

Soaring Kiwi Tours reserves the right to amend the tour route, including designated stops, at any time, as circumstances require.

Tour Delays

From time to time, due to issues beyond our control, the tour may be delayed due to unexpected street closures, traffic congestion, street parades/celebrations and road works.

Seating and Safety

Passengers must adhere to the driver’s instructions at all times. You must remain seated whilst the bus is in motion. Seating cannot be guaranteed.

Tour Vehicles

Soaring Kiwi Tours reserves the right to use an alternative vehicle than is advertised, without prior notice, due to unforeseen circumstances, including health and safety or mechanical concerns.

Central Tour



Stop 1: SKYCITY (First bus departs: 9am)
SKYCITY is a premiere entertainment destination located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Enjoy breath-taking 360° views from the 328m tall Sky Tower, or for those seeking adventure, take a Sky Walk around the top, or leap off the platform on the Sky Jump! SKYCITY also boasts a world-class casino and several restaurants and bars.

Stop 2: Viaduct Harbour 
The Viaduct Harbour is a residential, commercial and entertainment precinct that boasts some of Auckland’s finest restaurants and bars. This picturesque waterfront destination hosts a variety of events and is a superb place to dine or relax and watch the world go by.

Stop 3: Bastion Point 
This historic reserve provides great views across the Waitemata Habour, Rangitoto and the Auckland city skyline. Bastion Point is most clearly remembered in New Zealand history for its role in 1970’s Maori protests against forced land alienation by non-Maori New Zealanders.

Stop 4: Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium 
Set on the waterfront, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarirum is one of Auckland’s top attractions. Kelly Tarlton’s showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and a Shark Cage experience.

Stop 5: Parnell/Holy Trinity Cathedral 
Parnell has it all! Shopping, cafés, markets, heritage walks, museums and more. This vibrant inner-city suburb is one of New Zealand’s most desirable places to live, work and play! Here you can also visit Holy Trinity Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.

Stop 6: Auckland Museum 
Nau Mai, Haere Mai! Auckland Museum is where exciting stories are told of New Zealand, the people, the Pacific, flora, fauna, and the unique landscape, it all comes to life through exciting and artistic exhibitions. This historic building is a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

Stop 7: Auckland Domain 
The city’s oldest park this spacious 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The natural land formations have created a natural amphitheatre and 10 hectares have been developed as first-class sports fields. There are formal gardens, duck ponds, bush walks and a 1912 band rotunda.

Stop 8: Albert Park/Auckland Art Gallery 
Albert Park is a popular destination for Auckland residents and visitors alike. At one corner of the park is the Auckland Art Gallery and gardens, and on the other side is the original park-keepers cottage which is now a museum of memorabilia.

Western Tour

Please note a RED intimate and comfortable single-level coach operates on this tour route. Bus frequency may vary due to traffic and other issues.


Stop 1: SKYCITY (First bus departs: 9.15am - summer, 9.30am - winter)
SKYCITY is a premiere entertainment destination located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Enjoy breath-taking 360° views from the 328m tall Sky Tower, or for those seeking adventure, take a Sky Walk around the top, or leap off the platform on the Sky Jump! SKYCITY also boasts a world-class casino and several restaurants and bars.

Stop 2: Westfield St Lukes Mall 
Westfield St Lukes is one of the three big shopping centres in the western suburbs of Auckland. It receives about 6 million shopper visits annually and features over 160 stores, including Farmers, K-Mart, jewellers, supermarkets, beauty therapists, cafés, fast-food chains, ANZ & BNZ banks, a cinema complex and more.

Stop 3: Auckland Zoo 
Home to 138 different species and over 875 animals, Auckland Zoo has the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. In 2011 the zoo opened its greatest development, Te Wao Nui, which offers a truly unique and immersive experience of New Zealand’s native animals, flora and fauna.

Stop 4: MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology 
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum offering a fun and exciting learning experience for visitors of all ages. Spread across 40 acres, you are invited to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand from the 1800’s to today.

Stop 5: Western Springs
Western Springs is home to a large park with a lake fed by natural spring water. There are many walking paths surrounded by many trees including native Cabbage Trees, Ngaio and Kapuka. The lake also boasts many native sh and bird life.

Stop 6: Ponsonby 
Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s hippest suburbs. Packed with boutique fashion stores, chic cafés, bars and restaurants, this is a must visit for any food lover or shopaholic. With five-star restaurants and award-winning chefs to pop-up stalls and street food, dining here is a ‘must’.

Stop 7: Auckland Harbour Bridge/AJ Hackett Bungy & Bridge Walk (No stop. Drive by only.)
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is considered one of the city’s most famous landmarks, towering over the Waitemata Harbour, connecting the North Shore with Auckland City. On the bridge thrill seekers can test their limits on the famous AJ Hackett Bungy or Bridge Climb for incredible 360° views.

Stop 8: Wynyard Quarter 
This 37ha area has been home to the marine and fishing industries for decades, but is now being redeveloped, and is New Zealand’s largest urban revitalisation project. With a variety of restaurants, cafés and events, this area has quickly established itself as a popular destination for locals and visitors.

Meeting Point

Zoom out on the map to see full route routes and infomation about each stop

  • Cruise Ship Tour Meeting Point
  • Cruise Ship Terminal: Princes Wharf
  • Cruise Ship Terminal: Queens Wharf

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