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Auckland: Rangitoto Island Roundtrip Ferry Pass

1. Auckland: Rangitoto Island Roundtrip Ferry Pass

Take an affordable, easy, and stress-free 25-minute ferry journey to the popular Rangitoto Island. Travel from downtown Auckland to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of 2-4 departures a day depending on the season, which will allow you to fit the ferry ride into your travel schedule and get the chance to explore the island at your own leisure. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland

2. Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland

Book your ticket to Tiritiri Matangi Island, a wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand’s native birds and an important conservation project. Visitor numbers are limited in order to protect the island’s wildlife. Begin this 8-hour excursion in Auckland city with a 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf to the island preserve. Explore the island at your leisure, walking along the trails and enjoying the coastline after a ranger orientation. Enjoy informative displays at the visitor center and a complimentary cup of coffee or tea during your visit. See the lighthouse, and in warmer months, head to Hobbs beach for a swim before the return ferry ride to Auckland.

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Auckland Harbour 3-Course Dinner Cruise with Welcome Drink

3. Auckland Harbour 3-Course Dinner Cruise with Welcome Drink

Dine on Waitemata Harbor for a memorable experience in Auckland. Join a 2.5-hour sailing dinner cruise for a uniquely local experience with a relaxed, intimate and engaging atmosphere. Discover the city skyline and iconic highlights as they light up for the evening. Set sail while enjoying the city highlights and engaging commentary from your captain. Assist the crew or try your hand at steering the boat. Enjoy the breeze and relax with a drink, with ample space and seating above deck.  Set anchor in Westhaven Marina to enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner, supplied by top Viaduct restaurant Degree. Complement your meal with a selection of premium locally produced wine or beer. After dinner, marvel at the city views and as the sun sets to watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive.

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Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

4. Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

Enjoy Auckland, the City of Sails, as you join the yachts on Waitemata Harbor and enjoy the relaxed pace of harbor sailing. Set sail on a 50-foot cruising yacht for a spectacular sailing experience on the sparkling harbor waters. Meet your captain at the Auckland waterfront and be welcomed by the crew, who will supply you with weather-proof jackets if required. After a brief introduction accompanied by a safety briefing, depart Viaduct Habor to sail past the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbor Bridge for a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour. Enjoy engaging commentary from your skipper on Auckland, the home of the Americas Cup. Enjoy light refreshments, including a hot drink and a sweet treat, in the sunshine or below deck. Afterwards, set sail to cruise Auckland's sparkling Waitemata Harbor. If you like, help the crew sail the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you take advantage of photo opportunities. Glide past the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina, the charming suburb of Devonport and the city skyline before returning to Auckland.

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Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

5. Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

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Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

6. Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport, and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper, gained from 15 years of running trips daily in the area.

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Waiheke Island Twilight Wine & Dine Tour with Ferry

7. Waiheke Island Twilight Wine & Dine Tour with Ferry

Waiheke Island boasts beautiful beaches, bohemian artists and award-winning vineyards, olive groves and restaurants. After a relaxing cruise from Auckland City to Waiheke, enjoy tasting some delicious wines at the award-winning Stonyridge Vineyard nestled in Onetangi valley. Then, head to Batch Winery, the highest altitude vineyard on the island for incredible views, a vineyard tour and a seasonal 2-course dinner. To top it all off, take in Auckland’s glittering skyline as you sail back to the city. If the Waiheke magic captures you, stay on and enjoy a few more wines, or explore another vineyard on the island before heading back to the city with your open-return ferry ticket.

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America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

8. America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

Join the crew on an America’s Cup yacht for a unique 2-hour tour from Auckland that gives you the chance to experience the sensation of competing in this world-famous racing meet. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Experience this first hand by sailing these remarkable vessels on the harbor that hosted the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you tack and jibe. These powerful and highly engineered race vessels are usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yacht owners, but this unique two-hour sailing experience offers everyone the opportunity to sail these grand prix racing machines. Set sail around Auckland’s stunning Waitemata Harbor and enjoy all the thrills of sailing in a proper racing yacht. Be transported to a world where the thrill of international sport meets the beauty of the sparkling sea. No sailing experience is required to participate. Take the helm and exert energy on the grinders, or simply sit back and enjoy the journey. Look back at the contrast of natural landscapes and city skyscrapers that line the harbour while you sail the seas.

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From Auckland: Poor Knights Islands Day Trip

9. From Auckland: Poor Knights Islands Day Trip

Jacques Cousteau has named this little slice of paradise one of the top diving and snorkeling spots in the world. With some of the best underwater scenery, breathtaking natural landscapes, an abundance of marine life, the world's largest sea cave, sea birds everywhere, unique flora, rich history, great food, kayaking, and time to relax onboard a comfortable boat, this marine reserve trip is one you don't want to miss.  Begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Auckland and head to the stunning Tutukaka Coast. Along the way, you'll be treated with amazing views of New Zealand's east coast beaches, mountains, and forests before arriving at the Tutukaka Marina where your water journey will begin. Board a spacious boat called "Perfect Day", with plenty of indoor and outdoor space and all the equipment you need for snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Set sail 14 miles off the shore on an open-ocean trip to the Poor Knights Islands, encountering plenty of marine life on the way. Once on the island, your hosts will take you on a tour to show you the splendor of the region, which includes a drive right inside the world's largest sea cave. After the tour, try your hand at the water sports offered onboard. Kayak around arches or paddleboard into caves to see this world-class natural scenery first-hand. After some exploring, savor a delicious buffet lunch with tea and coffee before taking some time to sunbathe on the boat. Finally, it'll be time to head back to shore. Once back at the port, your friendly guide will take you to your local accommodation or transfer you back to Auckland with a few surprise stops on the way — the best way to complete this perfect day.

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Goat Island Marine Reserve: Full-Day Dive Charter

10. Goat Island Marine Reserve: Full-Day Dive Charter

Join a full-day scuba dive charter and dive in the beautiful marine reserves of Goat Island or Te Hāwere-a-Maki, New Zealand's first marine reserve established in 1975, on a small-group tour. Discover the bustling marine life beneath the water's surface, including jack mackerel, crayfish, red moki, eels, blue maomao, and much more on two dives at different depths.  Marvel at the variety of marine life habitats from rocky shores exposed at low tide to deep reefs, underwater cliffs and canyons, as well as sand flats. Watch the seaweed forests sway with the waves and the light playfully touch all that surrounds you beneath the sea. Goat Island and the Tawharanui Marine Reserve, off the North Island's northwest coast, are both excellent sites for certified divers, whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there is something for everyone here. 

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What people are saying about Auckland (Region)

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Everything was so well organized. Highly recommend taking a guided walk, you get so much information from the guides. The birdlife is incredible. The bell birds were deafening! The island is just a wonderful experience for young and old. Average fitness will suffice, tracks can be a bit steep, and there are steps, but the pace is leisurely, as you stop for a talk every few minutes. The guides are enthusiastic volunteers, and are full of knowledge. Tip: do put your back pack on the trailer and pick it up after your guided walk. Saves your back!

This was a fabulous trip. The bird life is all around, visible and audible. It is such a treat to be able to see so much wild life. The ferry ride is very well organised, in this covid time, and very quick from Gulf Harbour. To see what volunteers have achieved on Tiri Tiri Matangi over the years and still on going, is to be very impressed. Also there is a good souviner shop. A day to be recommended.

A fabulous day at this very special spot. Passionate volunteers shared so much more than we would have been aware of so the guided tour was well worth the $10. Huge growth of the native bush and bird life since we were there over 10 years ago.

We had two children ages eight and six with us, having mentioned this to one of the volunteers and that we would also like a guide, they arranged a suitable person for us, which made the whole experience really worth while.

My grandkids enjoyed the trip more cuz its their first time