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About Auckland

New Zealand's biggest city and major cruise port, Auckland, sits between the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which is how it came to host the America's Cup twice - in 1999 and 2002 - attracting investment to transform the harbour side into a superb meeting and eating place which all Auckland cruise visitors can now appreciate.

The Viaduct Harbour area now boasts outdoor restaurants ideally placed to view the hundreds of yachts attracted to this icon of sailing success. This 'City of Sails' is also home to New Zealand's impressive National Maritime Museum which charts the nation's seafaring history.

Harbour ferries offer a great way of viewing the city, either by crossing the bay to old-established Devonport or under the harbour bridge to the suburb of Birkenhead.  Otherwise cruises to Auckland take in all the sights from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere at 328 metres. On Auckland cruises, shore excursions can take you to the remarkable geysers and mud pools of Rotorua.

 

Shore excursions in Auckland

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

America's Cup Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

An once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing as part of a team on an America’s Cup yacht.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite yacht owners, America's Cup Class yachts NZL 68 and NZL 41 offer the unique opportunity to race an authentic America’s Cup yacht, the equivalent to driving a Formula 1 race car.

Your 2 hour sailing experience starts in the Viaduct Harbour where you meet the professional crew and are taken through a safety briefing. The sails are then hoisted and you will become the crew, encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or if you prefer you can simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail down the beautiful Auckland Harbour.

Experience is not required and the yachts are suitable for everyone from experienced racers to the most apprehensive first time sailor.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by yacht and on foot. . A 15 minute walk along flat terrain is required to reach the berth of the America’s Cup yacht. Soft soled, non-slip shoes should be worn. There are no toilet facilities on board the racing yachts. Pregnant women and children under 10 cannot participate.

Auckland by Tuk Tuk

Activity low

Duration: 1¾ hours

A unique way to discover the landmarks of Auckland.

Join your local driver and step aboard a Tuk Tuk for a ride around Auckland.

During your Tuk Tuk ride, you’ll pass by iconic city sights and get a feel for this wonderful city. Acquaint yourself with Aotea Square, St Kevins Arcade, Westhaven Promenade, Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Skytower building, to name but a few. Enjoy stops along the way for photos and an optional walk at Myers Park.

Your Tuk Tuk ride will draw to an end back at the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Tuk Tuk. This tour has very limited space and early booking is recommended. Each Tuk Tuk accommodates 2 passengers. Children under the age of 9 may not participate. This tour involves around 30 minutes of walking, which is optional. There is some slightly steep ground at Myers Park and a flight of steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. A degree of agility is required when boarding the Tuk Tuk. This tour will operate come rain or shine.

Auckland City Sights and Maori Performance

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum to watch a high energy Maori culture performance, followed by a city sightseeing drive.

Setting off from the pier, you’ll drive to the country’s most important museum, the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Here, you’ll discover the Maori Culture and enjoy a vibrant cultural performance.

Upon arrival, watch the home tribe of Auckland perfrom a vibrant cultural display that provides a glimpse into the Maori culture. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to browse the museum independently and the Maori Gallery, where the Maori performers will be on hand to answers questions and take photos.

Next, you’ll take a drive through the city of Auckland and across the Harbour Bridge; passing by the city’s major points of interest. You’ll notice how downtown Auckland’s shopping and office complexes contrast with the restored Victorian buildings of the city’s suburbs and Parnell Village with its colonial-style shops. A photo stop will be made at a scenic look out to enjoy panoramic views of the city and Waitemata Harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Museum is dim to protect the exhibits. Back packs and large bags are not permitted in the museum. In the event of traffic congestion, an alternative waterfront viewpoint may be used.

Auckland Jet Boat Adventure

Activity medium

Duration: 1¼ hours

Get ready for the ride of your life as you board the Auckland Adventure Jet Boat!

From the historic ferry terminal on Auckland’s downtown waterfront, you’ll step aboard the sleek jet boat for an exhilarating ride. Hold on to your hat as you zip over the waters taking in Auckland Harbour and the city’s magnificent skyline.

Gaze up as you pass under the Auckland Bridge and keep an eye out for the bungee pod where you might just witness a bungee jumper. Your ride will also pass by significant landmarks including the Chelsea Sugar Factory, a long-established business and landmark on the Harbour's northern shore, and the tree lined cliffs of Kauri Point.

As your ride comes to an end and you’re back on terra firma, you’ll take the short stroll back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by jet boat and on foot. There is a short walk to and from the ferry terminal. Passengers must have a degree of agility to embark the jet boat. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 10 may not participate. The Jet boat route is dependent on weather conditions and is subject to change. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet.

Devonport and North Shore Panorama

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover Devonport's unique heritage, speciality shops, spectacular panoramic views and colonial architecture.

Enjoy a scenic drive to the beautiful suburbs of Devonport, which will afford unsurpassed views of the city icons, via Mount Victoria and North Head. From Mount Victoria, you will have spectacular views of North Shore city, the gulf and Auckland City as well as remnants of the Kawerau tribe fortifications. North Head has panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, the Takapuna Region and Rangitoto Island and contains an extensive collection of military tunnels.

Devonport, a historical maritime village nestled on Auckland's North Shore, is one of the earliest settled areas and most noted for its timber colonial architecture. In the 1880’s much farm land was subdivided and large wooden villas were built in a style that has now become part of Devonport's charm. The wooden villas have been lovingly restored and repainted, and beautiful gardens developed around them to enhance their glory. Most of the houses are built of solid timber from the Kauri tree, Agatha’s Australis, a native tree known for its straight growth habit and lack of knots. On a guided tour of the Devonport Peninsula, absorb the colonial architecture and peaceful tranquillity of this historical village, followed by free time to explore the speciality shops.

Return to Auckland via the ferry at your own leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minibus and ferry. The guided tour of Devonport takes approximately 30 minutes, however this is optional.

 

A selection of cruises to Auckland

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