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Queen Street Tours

Queen Street
All roads in Auckland lead to Queen Street, the bustling heart of the city. Running from the Downtown Ferry Terminal all the way up to artsy Karangahape Road, Auckland city’s shopping and cultural center is stacked with restaurants, bars, hotels, theaters, and stores catering to all kinds of tastes and budgets.

The Basics
Queen Street is full to the brim with shopping, dining, and entertainment options, from high-end retailers and restaurants to op shops and food courts, often right next to each other. Many of these shops are in heritage buildings scattered throughout the street—Queen Street has been the center of Auckland’s metropolitan life since the 1840s, and many of the street’s buildings date back to the early 20th century and earlier.

Queen Street also has a number of cinemas, theaters, and live music venues, especially around Aotea Square, a large public plaza halfway up the hill toward Karangahape Road. You’ll find more of Auckland’s well-kept secrets in the street’s parks and laneways that sprout off the street—these gems hide plenty of intimate bars, cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops selling clothing, food, books, and more. Many city tours cruise along or around Queen Street; it’s also a cinch to explore on your own.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Queen Street is ideal for first-time visitors to Auckland, especially shopaholics.
  • There’s plenty of accommodation, from budget to luxury, along Queen Street and in the nearby laneways.
  • Queen Street’s resplendent Civic Theatre, located on the corner of Wellesley Street West, often hosts touring international musicals and big festival events, so keep an eye on what events are coming up there.
  • One of New Zealand’s oldest shopping malls, the Queens Arcade, is located at the south end of Queen Street.
  • Queen Street is built on a hill with a steep slope between Wellesley Street West and Karangahape Road, so people with limited mobility should take care.
 
How to Get There
As the city’s public transport hub, Queen Street is probably the easiest place to get to in Auckland. All of the city’s ferries and trains leave from and return to the bottom of the street; the Skybus from Auckland Airport stops all along the street; and most city buses travel through or near Queen Street. If driving, the Southern, Northern, and Northwestern Motorways have exits leading to Queen Street, and there are plenty of lots in the area, including one under Aotea Square that’s accessible from Mayoral Drive.

When to Get There
Queen Street is always bubbling with activity and can be particularly crowded on weekends. If you’re in Auckland in late November, keep an eye out for the annual Queen Street Santa Parade, which takes over the street with giant floats and wild performances.

Check Out the Sky Tower
Queen Street is a short 2-block walk from the city’s popular Sky Tower. In fact, Queen Street is within walking distance of many of Auckland’s best-known attractions, including the Auckland Art Gallery and Viaduct Harbor. The Auckland War Memorial Museum and Ponsonby Road are less than an hour’s stroll away.
Address: Queen St, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Queen Street

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Half-Day Queen Street Food Tour

Half-Day Queen Street Food Tour

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Join a foodie guide for a 3-hour morning tour of Queen Street, located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Sample the city’s multicultural cuisine as you stroll past fascinating architecture and discover culinary hot spots. Bite into artisan bread, bakery goods, fresh produce and Asian-inspired dishes as you taste your way past hidden gems in this popular thoroughfare.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.28
From
$106.28

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.51
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$171.51
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Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

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See the sights of Auckland on a 3-hour small-group shore excursion in the ‘City of Sails.’ A knowledgeable guide takes you by mini-coach across the Harbour Bridge to tour the city center. You’ll drive along Queen Street and the suburb of Ponsonby, take a stroll at Devonport’s Narrow Neck Beach, visit the Auckland Fish Market and see the city spread out before you from the summit of Mt Victoria. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.03
From
$60.03
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Auckland Sights Exclusive 4 Hour Luxury Day Tour

Auckland Sights Exclusive 4 Hour Luxury Day Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Auckland's most important sites on this 4-hour excursion with a dedicated guide. Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary, which can cover what interests you. Alternatively, follow a classic itinerary that features landmarks such as One Tree Hill, Devonport, Queen Street, Auckland Harbour Bridge, and others.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.59
Price varies by group size
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$146.59
Price varies by group size
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

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Combine two popular North Island attractions in one day: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Skip the hassle of organizing your own transport and itinerary, and leave the crowds behind as you travel with a small group limited to nine passengers. Hotel transport is provided, round-trip from downtown Auckland.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$203.67
Price varies by group size
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$203.67
Price varies by group size
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Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Our team lives in this amazing country for many years. We will give you a dynamic and entertaining perspective of its people, geography and culture. With modern and comfortable vehicles we tour the city of Auckland and the most attractive tourist circuits of the North Island. If you have a different travel plan or special requirements we can advise you by designing programs that fit different travel alternatives and budgets, including accommodation and attractions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.60
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$124.60

Hidden Culture of Central Auckland, walk and morning tea

Hidden Culture of Central Auckland, walk and morning tea

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Our walk takes us through the inner city, learning about Auckland’s history from early Māori habitation through to modern new developments. We are known as the city of sails but what is even more unique is that we are a city of extinct volcanoes. We weave our way down side streets and lanes, some of it on reclaimed land, past the Art Gallery and into Albert Park. We walk through Auckland University, where we see a Māori marae and a Fale Pasifika. We return to our meeting point via the entertainment area of Aotea Square, Queen Street and side streets, pointing out places of significance along the way. Auckland is undergoing a great re-vitalisation so there has never been a better time to explore our great inner city. All this walking will make us thirsty so we finish our tour at an opulent art-deco restaurant for a welcome tea/coffee plus snacks e.g. pastries and or scones and or sandwiches (included in the tour cost).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.30
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$39.30

The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure

The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure

Clue Zealand adventures offer a unique way for visitors to explore Auckland, while even locals will be scratching their heads to find the answers dotted around their home town.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.58
per group
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$28.58
per group

Auckland City Small-Group Morning Discovery Tour

Auckland City Small-Group Morning Discovery Tour

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With limited time to explore Auckland, this morning discovery tour takes in all the highlights. Visit sights including The Domain, Waitemata Harbour, and Queen Street; cross the Harbour Bridge to the beaches of the North Shore, explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Devonport and Ponsonby, and take in the views from Mount Victoria.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.03
From
$60.03
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Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$235.83
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$235.83
Taking safety measures

Auckland Guided Half Day Walking Tour - 3 - 3.5 HOURS

Auckland Guided Half Day Walking Tour - 3 - 3.5 HOURS

Discover the fascinating jewels of Auckland on a 3 - 3.5 hour walking tour of Auckland's past and present historical and cultural highlights. Wander the cobblestone streets and the narrow lanes as your highly knowledgeable local guide unfolds 2 centuries of Auckland's architectural legacy from Classical, Renaissance, Gothic to Baroque. Learn Auckland's early history from the arrival of Maori to the first colonial European settlers. This unique tour by multi-award winning tour company is an intimate experience and photographer's delight. - Guided walking tour of Auckland City's highlights as you learn of Auckland's historical past. - Enjoy an easy-paced walk; suitable for most fitness levels - Learn about pre-European Auckland and the legacy of the founding fathers - Marvel at Auckland's unique architecture and the Historic Category 1 protected buildings -A highly personal tour from an expert local guide(including audio headsets) so you're guaranteed to hear your guide clearly
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.02
From
$50.02

Auckland Shore Excursion Guided Half Day Walking Tour - 3 - 3.5 HOURS

Auckland Shore Excursion Guided Half Day Walking Tour - 3 - 3.5 HOURS

Discover the fascinating jewels of Auckland on a 3 - 3.5 hour walking tour of Auckland's past and present historical and cultural highlights. Wander the cobblestone streets and the narrow lanes as your highly knowledgeable local guide unfolds 2 centuries of Auckland's architectural legacy from Classical, Renaissance, Gothic to Baroque. Learn Auckland's early history from the arrival of Maori to the first colonial European settlers. This unique tour by multi-award winning tour company is an intimate experience and photographer's delight. - Guided walking tour of Auckland City's highlights as you learn of Auckland's historical past. - Enjoy an easy-paced walk; suitable for most fitness levels - Learn about pre-European Auckland and the legacy of the founding fathers - Marvel at Auckland's unique architecture and the Historic Category 1 protected buildings -A highly personal tour from an expert local guide (including audio headsets) so you're guaranteed to hear you guide clearly
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.02
From
$50.02

Half-Day Auckland City Highlights

Half-Day Auckland City Highlights

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Tour Auckland in style on this half-day, chauffeur-driven private tour. While your driver will take you to the city’s highlights—such as the Harbour Bridge, Queen Street, and Mission Bay—you can also request to stop wherever you like, to further explore and to take pictures. An ideal central-city tour for travelers short on time in the City of Sails who want to see as much as possible.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.64
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$58.64

City Sprint One Hour Electric Tuk-Tuk Private Heritage and Cultural Tour

City Sprint One Hour Electric Tuk-Tuk Private Heritage and Cultural Tour

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Travelers seeking an eco-friendly way of touring Auckland city will love this electric tuk-tuk tour. See the highlights from the comfort of your sleek tuk-tuk, enjoying commentary along the way. As this tour is just an hour long, it’s ideal for travelers short on time in Auckland, who want to fit a lot into a tight schedule. Electric tuk-tuk tours cater to small groups of no more than three, so this is a great intimate activity for couples.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.60
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$53.60

Auckland Sights Exclusive 8 Hour Luxury Day Tour

Auckland Sights Exclusive 8 Hour Luxury Day Tour

See Auckland your way on this private, customized tour. A local guide picks you up at the port or your hotel, then set out out on a full-day exploration of the city. Drive Queen Street and Tamaki Drive, visit scenic viewpoints, gardens, black sand beaches, wineries and more. Let your guide know if you have specific things you’d like to see or do.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$278.52
Price varies by group size
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$278.52
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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