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Auckland Explorer Bus

Ferry Building | Sky City, Auckland 1061, New Zealand
0800 439 756
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Ranked #52 of 112 activities in Auckland
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Type: Bus tours
Description: The Auckland Explorer Bus is a HOP ON HOP OFF sightseeing tour visiting Auckland's big 14 attractions, with full commentary.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Explorer Hop on Hop off tour was not what we expected, as it seemed we spent more time going through residential areas instead of seeing the sights. While the buses were on time, the narrative of the sites was not very informative. Compared with other Hop on Hop off tours in other cities, we would rate this on the... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

As we were struck with pouring weather, we thought we would pass the time on the HOHO. In winter it only runs hourly and starts at 10 finishes at 4, so planning is a must. As we were on the Link bus, we realised we had missed the first bus out, so we quickly planned to stay on the Link... More

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Had 1/2 day before our flight back to USA. The Information booth suggested the Bus.. Price was $ 40 NZD. Commentary was weak and because of trees and large bushes not much could be seen even from the double deck bus for 1/2 of route and regular bus for blue route. If you have time and will be stopping at... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We were in town really for one day and only had a couple of hours. This was a great way to get that overview. What I really appreciated was the one hour version in which you weren't allowed to get off /on the bus but was about half the cost. I don't see this option very often on a hop... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This hop on hop off bus was very popular which meant it was also very crowded. We wanted to sit up top of the double decker bus as is advertised but found it difficult to do so because of the crowds. If you had time to work out the public transport bus routes it would be significantly cheaper.

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Nambucca Heads
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is a wonderful service if you have limited time and want to see the main sites of Auckland. It stops at 9+ sites and picks up approx. every 30 minutes. Modern double-decker bus, very comfortable. It has a very informative pre-recorded commentary on all the sites to be visited and you can get off/on at any time within the... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The bus' stops were solid and commentary was good as well but there are two lines. One comes every half hour. The other every hour! I'm used to hop ons and offs coming every 15-20 mins. It seriously cut down our tour time and limited the places we could see. Especially since the buses stop at 4:30. This is a... More

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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

What a great way to see Auckland without the problems of trying to find your way in a city you don't know. We did both the Red and Blue bus and thoroughly enjoyed it. Being able to get on and off as we pleased was great. Great value for money.

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Adelaide, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A reliable & enjoyable way to see the city if you have limited time. Accurate time tables and knowledgeable & helpful drivers plus you can buy the ticket direct on the bus if you have cash. Highly recommend. NB Eden Park Gardens (one of the stops) was stunning :-D

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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206 reviews 206 reviews
91 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

When I go visiting new places I like to do a HOHO as it’s usually the best way to see a city however having done a full/extensive tour earlier on in our stay in Auckland, I tended to use the main loop as a way to get around the city and it was the satellite loop which I enjoyed best/behaved... More

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