Make sure you explore further than the CBD – here are our favourite day tours from Auckland.
1. Matakana Tours Food and Wine Tour
Looking north of city, Matakana is true gem with its rolling hills, boutique vineyards, art galleries and artisan fare (commonly available at its famous Farmers Market!).
On this intimate tour we’ll take you to visit stunning coastal vineyards. Where better to experience a great wine than in the place it was made while chatting with the winemakers who make it? As most of the Matakana vineyards harvest their grapes by hand and produce small quantities of wines, you won’t find them on the mass markets. The tour is a great way to stock up on some of these award-winning and rare wines.
Throw in artisan nosh from local producers, more scenic spots than your eyes can take in and even craft breweries (if visiting vineyards is not quite your thing!) and you have the makings of one of the most perfect day tours from Auckland.
2. Time Unlimited Auckland to Waitomo & Hobbiton
You’ll visit world-famous attractions in a luxury car driven by someone who really knows this part of New Zealand like the back of their hand. What’s not to love about this tour?
This exclusive, fully-guided service takes you through the rural landscapes of the King’s Country regions to Waitomo Glowworm Caves, renowned for their subterranean wonders. Another tour highlight is the Hobbiton Movie Set – a magical escape to Middle-earth. Home to the hobbits, it comes complete with hobbit holes, Bag End, Green Dragon Inn and the famous Party Tree. You don’t have to be an LOTR fan to fall in love with this spot.
3. Matakana Tours Hinterland Tour
We don’t believe anyone can ever really get enough of Auckland’s northern region! Getting off-the-beaten-path, this New Zealand lifestyle and culture tour in the Matakana Coast region gets you up, close and personal with the Kiwi way of living. We’ll have you shucking fresh Mahurangi oysters aboard a small ferry, watching a friendly game of rugby at stunning Omaha Beach and visiting a Maori village. There’s even sheep shearing to give you a hands-on experience of life in New Zealand’s rural areas. To round it all off, take home a fantastic Matakana Coast goodie bag to remind you of a day well spent.
4. Bush & Beach Wilderness Experience
Contrasting the serene beauty of the north, this half day tour takes you deep into the lush rainforests of the Waitakere Ranges and black sand beaches on Auckland’s West Coast. Listen on as the guide tells you the fascinating story of this forest on an easy bush walk alongside picturesque streams. Then sink your feet in the black sand of Piha – a picture-perfect rugged West Coast beach. You’ll hardly believe that these landscapes can be enjoyed from an easy day tour from Auckland.
5. Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
Get off the land and onto the big blue with this must-do ocean safari tour. No matter how much you prepare yourself, the first sighting of a whale will have you gasping at its size. When the pods of dolphins jump alongside the boat, you’ll be shouting and pointing in excitement. Besides, being on the water with distant views of Auckland’s skyline is pretty amazing in itself. The crew is very knowledgeable and passionate about protecting our marine environment. This passion is infectious and you’ll come off the boat wanting to do your bit to protect our oceans and the life within.