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Auckland City Tour

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Tour Info

Let us take you on a journey of discovery through New Zealand’s largest city and former capital, Auckland. This Hop On Hop Off tour leads you directly through the streets of Auckland on one of our Red open or closed top double decker buses, allowing you to explore the city with ease and at your own pace.

Nestled between two harbours, it’s clear to see how The City of Sails earned its nickname. With more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world, you simply can’t escape the sweet salty smell of sea air surrounding you as you take in the views from the open top of our unique red double decker Hop On Hop Off tour. 

In a city jam-packed with cultural diversity, there is something for absolutely everyone. Whether you’re an animal lover wanting to visit the zoo, a thrill seeker set to explore the heights of the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, or simply looking for Auckland’s hottest shopping spots, our Hop On Hop Off tours allow you to explore the city at your convenience.

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Tour Highlights

  • Unique Red Buses with fantastic views

Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on board our unique, classic and new, double decker  red buses. With a mix of open and closed top red buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.


  • Entertaining ‘live’ commentary

Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are available on the central tour, including a fun kid’s channel for families to enjoy.


  • Hop-on, hop-off and visit Auckland’s best attractions

As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Central Tour

Please note RED open top double decker buses operate on this tour route. Bus frequency may vary due to traffic and other issues.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour
Summer (1 Nov – 30 Apr): Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 4pm.
Winter (1 May – 31 Oct): Buses depart every 60 minutes from 10am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 4pm.

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: This Sunday 18th Feb 2018 the Western Tour will not operate. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Please note RED double decker buses (including an open top or a classic heritage bus) operate on this tour route. Bus frequency may vary due to traffic and other issues.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour

Buses depart at Stop 1 at 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm. 

Please note: A red double decker bus operates on this tour route and, due to heavy traffic, afternoon departure times can be delayed. 

Stop 1: SKYCITY (First bus departs: 9.45am)
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 (No stop. Selected Cruise Ship days only.)
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.

Important Info 

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.


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