Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise And Sky Tower

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:25 AM
  • Departure Details :
    PwC Tower 188 Quay St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


While your ship is in port in Auckland, see the city sights, take a cruise under the Harbour Bridge and enjoy birds-eye views of Auckland from the Sky tower. Youll see some of the citys top attractions like Quay Street, Waitemata harbour, Queen street and more, plus catch views of the beautiful waterfront. Combining sightseeing, a boat ride and sky-high city views, this shore excursion shows you the many sides to Auckland, New Zealands premier city.

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See the city from all angles when your cruise ship is docked in Auckland: from the ground up, from the harbor and from the top of the Sky tower.

Your Auckland shore excursion begins with a sightseeing tour of the citys most famous sights, including Quay Street, the Harbour Bridge and Waitemata harbour, Queen street, Auckland University and Auckland museum, Dominion Parks and Gardens, and the Tamaki Waterfront. Youll see how Auckland lies on two island-dotted harbors and is surrounded by the dormant cones of 49 volcanoes.

From here, youll be transferred to the Sky tower, Aucklands iconic landmark. Soaring 1,075 feet (328 meters) into the sky, its the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Take in stunning views of Aucklands buildings and harbors from the observation deck, and learn more about the citys history by watching the interesting audiovisual displays.

Then view Auckland from the water on a 90-minute harbor cruise. Explore Waitemata harbour, see the volcanic cone of Rangitoto island, visit Devonport and see the Harbour Bridge and Westhaven Marina. On the return cruise to Aucklands waterfront, enjoy tea or coffee and a muffin before returning to the Ferry Terminal.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Harbor cruise

Light refreshments

pickup short walk from port

Professional guide

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee



Food and drinks, unless specified

Port drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

If your cruise departs before 4pm - this tour is not suitable

For passengers ending their cruise in Auckland and have the day available for this tour option there is a secure luggage storage available on the wharf close to where your cruise ship will berth. Should luggage storage be required full details will be supplied at the time of your booking confirmation

Traveler Reviews

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  • 21-Feb-2020

    We had an excellent tour. Simon our driver made extra stops as well, so that we can get the most of our trip. He was very knowledgeable and made this excursion an unforgettable trip. Thank you so much.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    Everything was fine and my wife and I enjoyed the tour. 1 star deducted for lack of information of the harbour cruise. We were asked to wear the sticker on our clothing and make our way to pier 2 ticket office for exchange of tickets. When we got there, the staff didn’t know anything about it and asked if we had paid etc and eventually we pilled the sticker out and he saw a serial number which must have been the booking number and staff was able to trace our records and then it was fine. Otherwise perfect.

  • 20-Nov-2019

    There was a lot of construction and traffic in Auckland and the directions to our meeting place were pre-construction! Our bus driver was almost 30 minutes late which added to our frustration and confusion. We toured the city and then the driver told us she would be giving us tickets for the harbor tour and the Sky Tower and would not be returning us to our ship. We would have to make our own way back from the Sky Tower. This was not what our paperwork stated and we were very concerned about this change. We had to hurry because the harbor tour finished at the time the paperwork indicated we would be returned to our ship.

  • 15-Nov-2019

    The tour of the city was great as we had a great tour guide. We didn't realize that it would be a large group (30). The cruise was canceled due to weather and the view from the Sky Tower was not very good due to the rain and fog.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    This tour was very uncoordinated as compared to others.
    Bus pick up stop said it was in front of a building, beside another at a bus stop numbered.
    Well due to construction, bus stop had been moved to a temporary spot, bus was late and then we find out there are many different tours on same bus with different expectations from each. Female bus driver was not very pleasant,
    You need better explanations of just what is included ie bus did not return us to pick up spot and that was not included in our paperwork.

  • 29-Apr-2019

    The tour hit all the highlights as advertised- guide was nice and friendly, but the tour was nothing special.

  • 13-May-2018

    The city sightseeing portion of this tour was on a Gray Line bus that picked up passengers from hotels as well as a few people from our ship. It was an okay tour, but not what I'd come to expect from Viator. The bus dropped people off downtown with passes for both the Harbor Cruise and the Sky Tower, so we were on our own for the rest of the day. Not really a tour since we could have done most of this on our own.

  • 08-May-2018

    The Harbor Cruise was very nice, as was the Sky Tower. However, the City Sightseeing Tour was not so impressive. The bus was nice, but made many stops to pickup passengers before the tour actually started. The driver was not very personable and made only a few rushed stops for pictures but then took us to a side-street shopping area for over 30 minutes so that he could take his break. The area may not have been such a waste of time if anything but a couple of small cafes had been open. The price of the excursion was worth it for the Harbor Cruise and the Sky Tower, but the Sightseeing Tour seemed a waste of precious time.

  • 26-Apr-2018

    We enjoyed this excursion very much - it was a great way for us to learn about the city and make a note of areas we wanted to explore further. Our bus driver, Brian, was friendly and knowledgeable.

  • 31-Mar-2018

    We had a really good day out and allowed us to see as much of the area in the short period of time that we had. We started with the Auckland city tour which game a good overview of the city and the history behind it. We changed our itinerary at this point and visited the Sky Tour which is a great experience especially if you are up there when someone does the jump. Spectacular views in all directions from the viewing platforms. We then returned to the itinerary and went on the harbour cruise which was really good with a knowledgeable commentary and also a sense of humor.

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