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Auckland Explorer Bus

Address: Ferry Building | Sky City, Auckland 1061, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 439 756
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$34*
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Ranked #76 of 172 Activities in Auckland
Type: Bus tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Auckland Explorer Bus is a HOP ON HOP OFF sightseeing tour...
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Type: Bus tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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usa
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147 reviews 147 reviews
69 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Took this tour when other options were not open (Boxing Day) and should have gone earlier in the day. A bit pricy for only the hour or so it takes to complete the circuit. Drivers are courteous and helpful, and we actually were given a discount for it being later in the day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Auckland is a beautiful city and we saw a lot of it with the Explorer Hop On Hop Off bus. $45 for an all day pass with 15 stops. The city is beautifully set out and you won’t run out of things to see. There is the red and blue circles with interchanges at Auckland Museum that covers the highlights... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The buses are not fitted for tourists. They use normal buses (clean, new) but don't have open tops, and most of the windows don't open, which makes taking good pictures on the move very difficult. The guide is only in English.

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Melbourne
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Explorer Hop on Hop Off Bus was a great option to get a quick overview of Auckland and plan longer excursions - as with all HOHO buses. It was on time and the dialogue wasn't constant but informative. Clear explanation of the two routes (blue and orange), timing and timetables were given. We found the bus a great option... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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adelaide
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Seattle
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Canberra
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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