Auckland (Tamaki Makau Rau) is New Zealand’s largest city, with a population of around 1.4 million and the city’s subtropical climate, lush vegetation and easy access to the coast and outdoor activities earns it consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys.
Auckland is a melting pot of 190 different ethnicities and is the world’s biggest Polynesian city. Over half of the population is European and there are high percentages of indigenous Maori, as well as Pacific Island and Asian people. This diversity is reflected in a lively arts and culture scene, a wide range of food and craft markets, vineyards, a hip cafe culture, superb coffee and outstanding restaurants.
The city extends over a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean, and the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea. Auckland has spectacular natural features, including 49 dormant volcanoes, all located within 20km of the city centre. It boasts some of the best beaches in the world.
The dozens of islands of the Hauraki Gulf form a distinctive aspect of the Auckland landscape and provide a magnet for boaties, fishing enthusiasts and hikers. Auckland is also located within easy access to the beaches and rainforests of Northland and the Hokianga.
Coach touring and vineyard tour.
1. QUEEN STREET
The 'Golden Mile' of Auckland's business and shopping district since Auckland was founded in 1840. Initially a stream ("Waihorotiu"), the land was developed by local businesses as it was much cheaper than the surrounding ridges. Significant historic buildings include the Auckland Ferry Building, (former) Chief Post Office and Auckland Town Hall.
NZ's largest with over 39,000 students, featuring historic Auckland buildings and an early NZ Government House.
3. HARBOUR BRIDGE
Cross the 8-lane connection to our North Shore with wide views of the Waitemata Harbour and Westhaven Marina, the largest marina in the Southern Hemisphere with nearly 2,000 berths.
4. MT EDEN
Travel to the summit of this dormant volcano, once home to an ancient Maori tribe. Wide views of the city.
5. DOMAIN PARKS & GARDENS
A picturesque park and lakes laid out in a large extinct volcanic crater.
6. AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Spend time experiencing this unique tribute to New Zealand's natural, Maori and European history. A donation is requested on entry, of $5 per person, please pay direct. A recommended alternative within a short walking distance is 'The Winter Garden' Pavilion. See rare indoor plants and a spectacular fern display.
7. PARATAI DRIVE
Auckland's most expensive residential street with fantastic views of the Waitemata Harbour and islands.
8. TAMAKI WATER FRONT
Drive via Mission Bay along the edge of the Waitemata Harbour dominated by large native Pohutukawa trees.
9. ISLAND WINE AFTERNOON
Following your cruise to Waiheke Island, you will be greeted by your tour driver who will take you to three of the most popular vineyards on the island and also show you the beautiful surroundings of Waiheke Island.
Per person (Prices valid until 30/9/2013)
Contact operator in case of bad weather.
All tours depart 172 Quay St (Gray Line Office). Alternatively, a courtesy hotel pick up may be arranged if you contact us with your hotels names and address. Please wait outside hotel 5 minutes prior to pick up time. Pick up times may vary 10 minutes depending on traffic.
Hotel/motel pick up service commences at 8:10-9:00am.
Auckland, North Island, New Zealand