Auckland
02/19/2020 6:00 PM
02/19/2020 12:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Auckland - City of Sails Highlights - half day tour (4 hours)
You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your tailormade half day tour featuring the highlights of Auckland City.
 
Auckland - ‘City of Sails’ is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Set on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, Maori name for ‘sparkling waters’, the city boasts marine reserves, golden swimming beaches and black sand surf. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a diverse ethnic mix providing a myriad of cultural experiences, reflected in the Pacific atmosphere and cuisine.
 
Enjoy a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum standing in the Auckland Domain on the rim of an ancient volcano, one of a number of extinct volcanoes within the Auckland region.
 
                                    Enjoy an authentic display of Maori culture. Following the Maori Performance experience what is known as the world’s best collection of Maori Taonga (Treasures) and South Pacific artifacts at the Auckland Museum.
 
For a bird’s eye view of Auckland, its harbour and outlying islands, visit the Sky Tower which soars to an incredible 328 metres above Auckland, offering the best views of the city. The tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sky Tower has four observation decks including an outdoor deck, glass lift and floor panels, and multi lingual audio guides.
 
You will be returned to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 4 hours duration).
 
Includes:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
  • Entrance to Auckland Museum with Maori performance and Maori gallery tour
  • Entrance to SkyTower
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
 
North Auckland - full day tour (8 hours)

You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your tailormade tour featuring highlights of the north Auckland region,

the Takatu Peninsula and Matakana Coast.

 

The Takatu Peninsula is a very ‘undiscovered’ part of Auckland’s eastern coastline, looking out to Kawau Island and encompassing the fabulously uncrowded surf beaches of Tawharanui Regional Park. Vineyards, museums and the crafts and pottery at nearby Matakana add to the charm of the region.

 

Begin your drive north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge viewing the Waitemata Harbour and the North Shore areas of the city before entering the tranquil countryside of the Rodney District.

 

Upon arrival at Brick Bay Wines, enjoy a shared platter style lunch (including glass of local wine, tea/coffee and sweet treat) at the Brick Bay café overlooking the sculpture exhibits and vineyard.

 

Following lunch, enjoy walking through their sculpture trail. Showcasing contemporary sculpture by established and emerging artists, you will experience the art in a remarkable landscape framed by towering native trees and majestic palms, abundant birdlife, and green pastures all overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard. It is a unique outdoor gallery experience, where an ever changing display of 25 to 30 works is sensitively sited along the 2 kilometre trail. The track is an easy one hour walk suitable for most ages and abilities. Surfaces on the trail are grass, bark mulch, pebbles and wooden boardwalks. The trail is undulating terrain that winds through a valley, there are several sets of easily negotiated stairs and viewing benches are located at regular intervals along the trail.

 

Continue to Tawharanui Regional Park - for a leisurely walk to view the natural wonderland of the bush and beach followed by a drive to the beautiful Leigh Harbour via the scenic Matakana countryside if time permits.

 

Return to Auckland - if time permits there may be the opportunity to visit some of the local vineyards, such as Ascension, Heron’s Flight Vineyard and Hyperion Wines.

 

You will be returned to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 8 hours duration).

 
Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
  • Platter lunch at Brick Bay Wines
  • Sculpture trail at Brick Bay Wines
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Alcoholic beverages at lunch
  • Wine tasting charges

 
Auckland - West Coast - half day tour (4 hours)

You will be met dockside by your private guide and driver for your half day tailormade tour featuring the highlights of the Auckland region.

 

Auckland - ‘City of Sails’ is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Set on the shores of the Waitemata, Maori name for ‘sparkling waters’, the city boasts marine reserves, golden swimming beaches and black sand surf. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a diverse ethnic mix providing a myriad of cultural experiences, reflected in the Pacifica atmosphere and cuisine.

 

Travel west to the spectacular West Coast beaches, where you will experience the magnitude of the area, the softness of black sand and the cool ocean breeze. Visit Muriwai Beach to enjoy the opportunity of a light walk and explore this unique New Zealand coastal landscape with its rugged surf pounded cliffs .View the nesting sites of one of the world’s largest sea birds, the Gannet, in their natural environment.

 

Return to the Kumeu area - New Zealand’s most concentrated wine making region which has a distinct Mediterranean flavour. Many of the vineyards were settled by Dalmation migrants in valleys and on the sunny slopes footing the dramatic Waitakere Ranges. There is the opportunity to enjoy wine tasting if desired.

 

You will be returned to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 4 hours duration).

Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Meals
  • Winetasting charges

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