Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, see the best of the city on an Auckland hop-on hop-off shore excursion. Discover the vibrant city with flexibility and ease on your tour of all the major sites and attractions. You're free to hop on and off at your leisure, and your tour is accompanied by an audio commentary. It's the perfect way to explore if you have limited time, especially if this is your first visit to the city.


  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Excellent value for money
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Fully narrated tour

Know More about this tour

When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, step aboard a comfortable, double-decker bus that offers unbeatable views as you travel through Auckland on two different routes and visit the city’s 14 big attractions.

Buses leave every 30 minutes, exploring such sites as Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Museum, Mt Eden and the Sky Tower, to name just a few.

The Auckland hop-on hop-off is an all day sightseeing tour that takes one hour to complete an entire loop, or you can choose to hop on and off during the day, visiting Auckland's attractions along the way.

As you travel the loop, listen to a comprehensive audio commentary to learn more about the sights!

This excursion is located within a five-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Auckland. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Inclusions for Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

  • Live commentary on board

Exclusions for Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Not covered by Viator's worry-free policy


Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour stops (Red Route):

  • Philips Corner/Princes Wharf
  • Bastion Point Lookout - Short walk to Mission Bay Beach and offers views of Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium - Home to an extensive display of aquatic life and the largest penguin colony in captivity
  • Parnell Rose Gardens - Visit between October and April to see the blooms at their best!
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral - A place of worship, learning, art and architecture
  • Auckland Museum - Three expansive levels house the history of New Zealand within its walls
  • Parnell Village - Oldest suburb in New Zealand with great galleries, cafes, restaurants and charming boutique-style stores
  • Civic Theater Corner - The main street of downtown Auckland and a short walk to the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Sky City and Sky Tower - See the city from a vantage point of 630 feet (192 meters) above street level, sky walk around the tower or sky jump if you dare!

Auckland Explorer Bus stops (Blue Route):

  • Winter Gardens - Beautiful glasshouses filled with exotic plants and flowers
  • Eden Gardens - Described as New Zealand's best kept secret, this garden is a delightful mix of art and craft gardening
  • Mt Eden - Auckland's highest point with great views overlooking the city and harbor
  • St Luke's Westfield Shopping Center - Auckland's largest shopping mall
  • Auckland Zoo - The largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand
  • Museum of Transport and Technology - Take an interactive journey and see how technology has shaped New Zealand

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking

Infants aged 3 years and under are free of charge. Child prices are applicable for children aged 4 - 15 years

Timetables in Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and German

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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40 reviews by the users

  • We were in Auckland for just one day while on a cruise of Australia/NZ. The hop-on/hop-off bus is a great way to see a lot in a short period of time and then decide where you want to hop off for more exploration. In our case, we researched and booked this tour ahead of time and used it as a way to get to the Auckland Museum to see a Maori cultural performance/haka. The museum also happens to be the stop where you can transfer between the two tour loops, so we made use of that and completed both loops during the course of the day. I should also mention that the company did a very good job in preparing for 3000 cruise ship passengers being in town that day and they arranged for extra city buses that they chartered. So we were never troubled by waiting for a bus and then finding it full and having to wait for another. There were plenty of buses and plenty of seats all day long. Would highly recommend this as an easy way around town.

  • The second part of the hop-on hop-off bus tour isn't as good as the first.

  • This was a very nice excursion. the hop on off stopped at the sites we were most interested in and therefore satisfied our sightseeing needs.

  • Big city and a good way to see it is the Hop-On-Off bus. We purchased red and blue line trips and only went to see what interested us.

  • The tour was fine. It was a rainy day so was not able to see all the gardens. Liked that it came every 30 minutes instead of every hour. I like the hop on hop off buses as you get a great overview of the city. It was very convenient to the cruise ship terminal.

  • Quick and easy way to get around Auckland. Do both routes.

  • Well worth doing the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. Got to see much of Auckland.

  • The booking, pick-ups and drop-offs all went very smoothly. Shame the weather didn't assist also, rained most of the day so a few of the stops were non-events as it was too wet to alight from the coach. The drivers on both the blue and red lines were very friendly and had helpful advice for us when we were looking for a specialty shop. A great way to get a general feel for the city of Auckland.

  • Limited information provided. Smaller bus did not have commentary of sites whereas double decker has recorded site seeing commentary which was useful.

  • great way to see the city

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