Tour 501. AWESOME AUCKLAND BUBBLE BUSTER BARGAIN INCLUDING AUCKLAND CITY AND HOBBITON TOUR.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city built around 2 harbours and bounded by the Tasman Sea and Hauraki Gulf. Explore the city, cruise the harbour, relax in the parks, take a tour to the beaches, rainforests, and countryside, take in a show, enjoy the museum and/or Art Gallery, and at the end of the day enjoy one of the hundreds of restaurants and cafes. Our AWESOME AUCKLAND Superdeals provide a great value base from which you can explore the city and enjoy our day tours to Waitomo, Rotorua, and the Bay of Islands.
Your tour cost includes:
** Arrival and departure transfers by shuttle
** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at Auckland City Hotel or Airedale Boutique Suites or similar
** Three hour tour of Auckland including city areas, Queen St, Universities, Domain and Museum exterior, Ponsonby, Harbour Bridge, Devonport, Mt Victoria, Westhaven Boat Marina, Viaduct harbour and America Cup bases,
** Travel to and from the Hobbiton Movie Set and your included Hobbiton Tour from the Shires Rest includes a short drive through part of the 500 hectare sheep and cattle farm, owned by the Alexandfer Family, to the Hobbiton Movie Set, centre of Middle Earth. Learn from your local guide how the set was created and see the Hobbit Holes, Gardens, Bag End, (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, Green Dragon Inn, and much more. On arrival at the Green Dragon Inn one cold drink awaits - your choice of dark or light beer, apple cider, or non alcoholic ginger ale. Return to the Shires Rest to rejoin your tour vehicle for the journey back to Auckland..
Upgrade to Hobbiton Silver tour including Zealong Tea Estate tour and tasting, the award winning Hamilton Gardens, and Hobbiton Movie Set. Operates fridays only - extra cost $50
Upgrade to our Hobbiton Gold Tour including Otorohanga Kiwi House, Waitomo Glowworm or Ruakuri Cave, barbecue buffet lunch, Lake Karapiro, and Hobbiton Tour. Operates thursdays only - extra cost $140
Auckland Sightseeing Options - prices valid to 30 September, 2020
All tours provide pick up and drop off at central city accommodation. A minimum of 2 passengers is required for any tour to operate.
(1) PIHA AND WAITAKERE MOUNTAINS.
HALF DAY:10am - 3.30pm. $95
Departs daily Including Arataki Waitakere Ranges visitor centre, guided walk in the rainforest, optional walk to Kitekite waterfall, a stroll on the black sands of the rugged windswept wilderness West Coast Piha beach, and a visit to 1000 year old kauri trees.
(2) AUCKLAND WINE COUNTRY, KUMEU, AND MURIWAI BEACH
Departs 12.30pm - returns 5.15pm on request. Minimum 2 required
Cost $155 per person.until 24 December. From 26 December $255
Please note Gannet viewing is August - April only.
Leave Auckland city behind for Kumeu wine country for a vneyard lunch and glass of wine (included) at Soljans winery restaurant, then on to Coopers Creek vineyard for some tasting, and to one of Auckland's most special places at Muriwai Beach on the rugged West Coast. From August to April the gannets nest on a rocky outcrop arising from the sea and you can view from the nearby cliff. Final wine tasting is at West Brook Winery before returning to your accommodation.
(3) KAURI MUSEUM AND FOREST AND BAY OF ISLANDS. One day tour
Departs Auckland every Monday year round for minimum of 2 passengers. Other days for minimum of 4
Depart Auckland 7.30am. Drive north over the harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Otamatea Kauri and Early Settlers Museum, one of the best little museums in New Zealand. Learn of the importance of the kauri tree to the development of Northland and see the lifestyle of the early settlers.
Continue through Ruawai 'kumara capital' of New Zealand, and Dargaville into the Waipoua kauri forest. Visit "Tane Mahuta" giant kauri tree - some 2000 years old. Enjoy our included fish, chips, and salad lunch (vegetarian options available) overlooking the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes before arriving in the Bay of Islands.
You are welcome to stay over in the Bay of Islands on our Stay and Play package or make your own accommodation arrangements. Operates mondays only
Tour cost per person $390.
4-5 passengers travelling together pay $340 each
6+ passengers travelling together pay $300 each
(4) KAURI MUSEUM AND BAY OF ISLANDS day tour 7.30am - 8.10pm $297 Departs Daily
Depart Auckland 7.30am. Drive north over the harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Otamatea Kauri and Early Settlers Museum, one of the best little museums in New Zealand. Learn of the importance of the kauri tree to the development of Northland and see the lifestyle of the early settlers. Continue to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the Treaty of Waitangi between Maori and the British Government was signed iin 1840 including guided tour, concert, and the excellent Waitangi Museum. A short ferry ride will take you to historic Russell. See Pompallier House, Flagstaff Hill, and the oldest church in New Zealand built in 1834. return to Auckland mid evening. Cost $279. Operates tuesdays for minimum of 2. Other days for minimum of 4.
You are welcome to stay over in the Bay of Islands on our Stay and Play package or make your own accommodation arrangements.
(5) COROMANDEL TOWN AND DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY. One day tour. Departs tuesdays and saturdays 8am - 5.30pm. $235. (Minimum 2 people)
Drive south over the Bombay Hills and across the Hauraki Plains to the old gold mining city of Thames. Take a coffee break (on saturdays enjoy the local market) and continue along the Pohutukawa Coast to the town of Coromandel for a lunch break (own expense) before enjoying the unique Driving Creek Railway built by local potter and rail enthusiast, Barry Brickell. Ride the train through regenerating native forest up the hills to the "Eyefull Tower" for a panoramic view over the Peninsula and Hauraki Gulf. After returning to base and visiting the pottery return to Auckland with some stops at scenic points en route.
(6). CATHEDRAL COVE AND HOTWATER BEACH
Operates Mon,, Wed, Fri, Sun. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Depart 8am - Return 6pm. Tour cost $195 per person.
Explore the east coast beaches of the beautiful Coromandel. Visit Hotwater Beach where you can dig your own bath in the sand near the waters edge 2 hours either side of low tide, Stopover for lunch in Hahei or nearby (own expense), and head to Cathedral Cove to walk it off. There is a 30-40 minute walk downhill to the cove where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch. Some of the stunning scenery featured in the filming of the Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. Relax on the beach and get your photographs before returning uphill to your vehicle for the return home.
Good walking shoes and a reasonable level of fitness are required for this tour. Order of sightseeing will depend on time of low tide at Hotwater Beach.