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How to Spend 1 Day in Auckland

How to Spend 1 Day in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two staggeringly beautiful harbors. Whether your passion is America’s Cup sailing, relaxed sightseeing cruises, spying the city from towering heights, or stylish wining and dining, you’ll find it in Auckland. Here’s how to experience the best of this North Island hub in just one day.

Morning: Sightseeing from Above and Below

Start the day with a hop-on hop-off bus tour that introduces you to the city’s top attractions, creating your own itinerary and setting your own pace. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk around or even leap from the exterior ledge of the Auckland Sky Tower’s observation deck, which boasts panoramic views from 630 feet (192 meters) above ground. An Auckland Harbour Bridge climb is another option for thrill seekers. Or simply discover the best of what Auckland has to offer with a guided sightseeing tour—transport options include vehicle, amphibious duck, seaplane, and your feet.

Afternoon: Get Out on the Water

After lunch is the perfect time to get out onto the water and experience firsthand why Auckland is dubbed the City of Sails. Nature lovers can cruise through Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to myriad wildlife, including many species of whales, dolphins, and birds. Adventurers can jet boat around Waitemata Harbour or race a sailing yacht, America’s Cup–style. If you’re seeking a more leisurely activity, opt for a gentle sightseeing cruise or a ferry ride to neighboring islands with plenty of hiking, shopping, and dining all within easy reach. If you’re a landlubbing brew lover, go for a craft beer walking tour instead.

 

Night: Dinner Cruises and City Lights

Perhaps the best way to see Auckland’s shimmering skyline is—you guessed it—from the water. To admire the sparkling city lights and landmarks while you eat, book a dinner cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Embark from Viaduct Harbour and glide into the sunset on an intimate sailing yacht. Alternatively, ride a round-trip ferry to nearby Waiheke Island, renowned for its wineries, and indulge in fine dining and wine tastings. Then marvel at that same Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge you started your day with, now illuminated at night.

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

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Join an America’s Cup sailing experience aboard an authentic racing yacht on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Feel the exhilaration of yachting as you take the helm and participate with the professional crew, or just sit back and soak up the harbor views. No experience necessary.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

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Sail away on a harbor cruise in Auckland and enjoy a 3-course dinner during a memorable tour of Waitemata Harbour highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Set out aboard a sailing yacht from Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy service in the dining room while at anchor in Westhaven Marina. As evening falls, your expert captain shares informative facts about Auckland and its iconic sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

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Taste a sampling of craft brews on a 2-hour walking tour of Auckland. An in-the-know guide leads your small group of beer-lovers to three watering holes, with four to six beer tastings included at each historical pub or newer brewhouse. Enjoy a food pairing at the last stop and learn about Auckland’s burgeoning beer scene — proving it’s not all about wine in New Zealand! Numbers are limited to 14 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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