Arrived in Auckland two days prior to leaving on a cruise. Since we had previously spent three weeks touring New Zealand a year prior to this visit, we opted for a day trip out of Auckland and took the Waiheke Island Ferry, Explorer Tour of the island.
Surprisingly a wonderful way to spend a portion of the day. $52/pp for the ferry and island tour (the company also offers a wine tour for $119/pp). Ferry ride of about 40-45' and tour for 90'. Following the tour, visitors have unlimited access to public bus transportation and/or can be simply dropped off in the town of Oneroa for lunch prior to returning to Auckland.
Though Auckland is a wonderful small city, this was definitely an enjoyable escape.
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