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Shore Excursion: Best of Auckland Small-Group Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    Expect a local greeting in Maori from your expert guide, a friendly Aucklander.  Your 2.5 hour morning tour sets off from downtown’s historic Queen Street.  Along with your small group, you’ll leave the bustle behind and wander into laneways bursting with local art, boutiques and cafes.     

    A stroll through an outdoor plaza reveals a shopping oasis of Kiwi high fashion. A narrow alley where the sailors and traders once came ashore, brims with shady stories. As you walk you'll hear the Māori and colonial history of Auckland and discover its volcanic beginnings. 

    Your tour includes an indulgence or two including refreshments at a gorgeous art-deco hotel. Afterwards you'll emerge from the old town at the gateway of a past Maori fortress, now a serene city park. With a stunning view of Sky tower, you’ll learn about the World War Two secrets right under your feet.  Pause and admire the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery, before hopping on the locals’ bus with your guide. For a short ride uptown to a vibrant artistic neighbourhood and one of the city's last heritage arcades.

    A stroll down a tranquil valley bursting with birdsong is an unexpected delight in the heart of the city. Walking through the theatre precinct you may unexpectedly discover an actor rehersing. Each day in Auckland is a theatre of the street.

    Your tour ends on upper Queen Street next to the Auckland Town Hall. Here your guide will bid you farewell or “Haere Ra” and offer advice on what to do next. 

    To lunch like a local, choose an optional upgrade. Finish your tour with a delicious lunch and a glass of New Zealand wine or beer at a popular city bistro. Your guide will escort you to the restaurant and bid you 'bon appetit'.

    Tour Highlights/Inclusions
    • Walk with a fun Kiwi guide
    • Personal small group encounter
    • Stylish back laneways
    • Auckland's old town and history –  Māori and colonial
    • Discover Albert Park, Auckland Art gallery and Town Hall
    • Refreshment break - barista coffee, tea or cold drink
    • A bus ride to an uptown neighbourhood 
    • Auckland’s theatre district
    • Add a cafe lunch as an optional extra
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    8 Customs St E, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Tour departure point downtown an easy 10 minute walk from cruise ship terminal

    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    299 Queen St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    • Local Aucklander as your guide
    • Small group guarantee
    • 3 hour walking tour uptown
    • Refreshments (Coffee, tea or cold drink)
    • Local bus fare
    • Chocolate boutique tasting
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Group size: We require a minimum of 2 walkers for a tour to proceed and booking cut off is 6pm the night prior.
    • The tour is best suited to children 10+ as the route is not stroller friendly. Involves 3-4km of moderate-paced walking.
    • Bring with you a proof of booking, walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen, rain jacket and bottled water.
    • Accessibility - A light to reasonable level of fitness is required. The tour is around 3-4km long including a short uphill climb, flights of steps and a short bus ride. This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or people on mobility scooters.
    • Weather, Tours proceed rain or shine. All part of the fun.
    • Route not wheelchair or mobility scooter friendly
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Reviews (5)
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    Reviewed February 2, 2019

    When you are in Auckland don't miss out on this small, guided tour. Liz is a local and takes you around to places you would miss on your own. Had just the right balance and we all had fun. Enjoy! Thanks Liz!More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank CROBERTSON44
    lizl987, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2019

    Thanks so much - it's all about revealing the paths less walked on our tours. So many visitors stick to Queen St that they miss the nooks and crannies of the back lanes, the legends and best local places to eat and go. Good on...More

    Reviewed February 1, 2019

    My wife and I were on a cruise and booked Aucky Walky tours based on reviews on tripadvisor. Liz met us at the agreed time and we had one other person on the tour with us. Well the next three and a half hours whizzed...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank pbh2015
    Reviewed January 30, 2019

    Liz is great guide with enthusiasm for Auckland . The tour highlights the areas of the city where you would not naturally go , back lanes and alleys that the tourist would not know existed! Also with great recommendations for restaurants and Liz’s abundant knowledge...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    1  Thank Graham H
    lizl987, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2019

    Thanks so much for the recommendation G, hope you and S are travelling well around NZ. Our small-group focus ensures we can tailor the tour content to certain interests whether its food, history, culture or shopping. It also means we can delve into otherwise hidden...More

    Reviewed February 4, 2018

    The founder of Aucky Walky tours, Liz, took us on this walk along the harbour foreshore and showed us the beating heart of Auckland. She is great fun to be with, extremely informative, helpful and really made us feel welcome. One of the highlights was...More

    Date of experience: February 2018
    Thank KQurious
    Local_Lizl, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

    It was lovely meeting you both on day 1 of your NZ adventure. Thanks for walking with us and providing tips for future travels. Hope you find some artistic inspiration K on the journey south and a NZ scene evolves into a wonderous pastel. Wishing...More

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