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Auckland Explorer Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    What to Expect
    This hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to explore Auckland, especially if this is your first visit to the ‘City of Sails.’ When your cruise ship docks, make your way to Philips Corner/Princes Wharf, located within a 5-minute walk. Step aboard a double-decker bus that offers unrivaled views as you traverse the city along two separate routes, each taking 1 hour to complete.

    Sightseeing buses depart every 30 minutes throughout the day and include over 14 stops where you can hop off at major Auckland attractions including the Sky Tower, Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland Zoo and Devonport Ferry. As you travel each loop, listen to a comprehensive audio commentary to learn about the sights.

    You determine the time you return to your ship in Auckland; please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the tour and ensure your timely return to the port. This shore excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your ship comes in to Princes Wharf when disembarking the ship, exit the terminal and walk down Princes Wharf to the main road which is Quay St. You will see the big ‘Philips’ sign on the building on the corner, this is where the bus stop is. If your ship comes into Queens Wharf then walk off the wharf to Quay St, turn right and you will see the ‘Philips’ sign on the corner approx. 250m away.


    • Philips Corner/Princes Wharf
    • Queens Wharf
    Departure Time
    Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am until 4pm
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hop-on hop-off tour Enlight commentary on board Free onboard WiFi Round-trip ferry GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Not covered by Viator's worry-free policy
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
    • Infants aged 3 years and under are free of charge. Child prices are applicable for children aged 4 - 15 years
    • Timetables in Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and German
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    • English
    It’s a value for money pass. You got a 2 days pass to go around many places around the city Centre and a return trip to Devonport which is a very nice place to visit! Highly recommended to any traveler who wish to explore the city but have no clue where to look for!
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    Response from GrayLineNZteam, Customer Service Representative at Auckland Explorer Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
    Responded 8 Dec 2019
    Kia Ora susanunderwood, Thank you so much for choosing to hop on our bus to see the best that Auckland has to offer! We hope to see you on board again soon. All the best for your future travels, Jerome and the team at Auckland Explorer Bus
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    Each route takes approximately an hour. Double decker bus with cover. Informative voiceover for each stop. Can save a lot by packaging other tourist attractions with the explorer bus. Also gives you a free return ferry. Buses do arrive every 15 mins. Helpful attendants. Great
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    The only criticism we would make is the waiting time at each bus stop. Buses are supposed to be around every 15 minutes. This was not our experience - often waiting up to 30 minutes. Lots of good stops though and well worth it. We travelled at a peak time and this may have
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    By: Auckland Explorer Bus
    636 reviews
    I don’t normally write bad reviews. I pride myself on contacting the provider and trying to sort it out with them
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    Don’t do it!!!!
    Like another traveller has mentioned in a previous review, this was appalling! We purchased 4 tickets which
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    Noel B
    Dalby, Australia
    Great way to get started
    Did a trip on our first day of our holiday. Very enjoyable day , nice weather and not very crowded. Enjoyed the
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    Cape Town, South Africa
    I recommend this for every traveller to Auckland. Its a good way to get your bearings of the city. We did a
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    Darwin, Australia
    Disappointing experience
    I have said in previous posts that I prefer to post positive reviews and if I have something negative to say that
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    Peter D
    bad service
    Tthe staff at the tent in front of sky city very lovely and helpful The red route was great and the blue was
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    Brechin, United Kingdom
    A great way to see the City
    My wife and I did the tour and it was a great way to see Auckland and also the free Ferry trip to Devonport is a
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    Bella Vista, Arkansas
    Bus Around Auckland
    Did not enjoy this tour as much as I have tours in other cities. Main issue is that they do not have audio with
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    Botley, United Kingdom
    A great way to see Auckland
    Not realising how spread out Auckland was this was a great way to see the city (including the boat journey to
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    Horrendous service with dishonest staff - stay away
    At the boarding at bus stop 1, total chaos. No staff was there although me and my family arrived first. Bus then
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    Brisbane, Australia
    Excellent transport option to see Auckland attractions
    We purchased a 1x day pass to hop on hop off, plus the ferry trip to Davenport. Very good value, allowed us to
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    Hop-on-Hop-off-tour Bus @ Auckland
    Took a tour of Auckland in this bus tour as we have only one day to explore Auckland. It covers mostly all famous
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    Iasi, Romania
    Great way to see Auckland
    It is a great way to see the most of the Auckland touristic attractions when your time is limited. The included
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    susan b
    AUCKLAND city visit
    I really got a lot out of this. after finding the bus which was more good luck and with help from locals than
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    Would Recommend
    Had a great day. Friendly, helpful staff, map was easy to navigate. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go to
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    Key Details
    • Auckland Explorer Bus
    • Duration: 24h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
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