Auckland CBD Guided Half Day Walking Tour - 3 - 3.5 HOURS

Discover the fascinating jewels of Auckland on a 3 - 3.5 hour walking tour of Auckland's past and present historical and cultural highlights. Wander the cobblestone streets and the narrow lanes as your highly knowledgeable local guide unfolds 2 centuries of Auckland's architectural legacy from Classical, Renaissance, Gothic to Baroque. Learn Auckland's early history from the arrival of Maori to the first colonial European settlers. This unique tour by multi-award winning tour company is an intimate experience and photographer's delight.
- Guided walking tour of Auckland City's highlights as you learn of Auckland's historical past.
- Enjoy an easy-paced walk; suitable for most fitness levels
- Learn about pre-European Auckland and the legacy of the founding fathers
- Marvel at Auckland's unique architecture and the Historic Category 1 protected buildings
-A highly personal tour from an expert local guide(including audio headsets) so you're guaranteed to hear your guide clearly

Duration 3 hours 30 minutes
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What's included :
  • Fully guided Auckland Walking Tour
  • Our guides support our tour with visuals/ maps that help bring the rich history of Auckland to life
  • Headsets
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
What's excluded :
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Ferry Building 99 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    Our tour starts at this Historic Category 1 Edwardian Baroque -Style building (1912) in the heart of Downtown Auckland

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    We cannot leave this area without showcasing the spectacular Auckland Harbour Bridge, the quaint village of Devonport, the unique structure called "The Cloud," the incandescent Lighthouse, 3 of Auckland volcanoes and the magnificent Waterfront red-painted wrought iron fence

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Queen Street, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

    As we head towards Queen Street, the main street of Auckland, we skirt past Britomart, home to the boutiques and the flagship stores of NZ designers, past what was formerly the imposing Chief Post Office to Lower Queen Street which was formerly the Bohemian and Establishment area of Auckland

    Stop At: Dilworth Building, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    This intersection, formerly occupied on 3 corners by hotels, is the busiest pedestrian intersection in Auckland, with the majestic Beaux-Arts style Dilworth Building now dominating one corner. We stroll from here down some of the narrow lanes and cobblestoned streets of Auckland passing what was the original coastline of Downtown Auckland (formerly called, Commercial Bay)

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Shortland Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    No tour of historic Auckland would be complete without checking out Shortland Street, formerly the main street of Auckland and the surrounding narrow streets. This area was home to the banking and insurance institutions. Opportunity for chocolate tasting nearby and a coffee stop also en route

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Auckland High Court, 24 Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Parliament Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    We are now heading to one of the oldest parts of Auckland which in the 1850s, when Auckland was New Zealand's capital city, was the parliamentary seat of power. We pass by the Italian palazzo-style Northern Club, formerly a "Men's-only Club" , then along historic Waterloo Quadrant as we marvel at some of the finest early neo-Classical and also neo-Gothic architecture in Auckland bordering the tree-lined Symonds Street which bisects Auckland University

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Old Government House, 24 Princes Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    This area is steeped in history as we view the classical-style Old Government House, built as the residence for the Governor of New Zealand, the first mansion of its kind built in 1856

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The University of Auckland, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    As we trace these historic pathways we marvel at what once the most controversial architectural masterpiece in Auckland, the Old Arts Building of Auckland University, with its imposing clock tower decorated with a filigree of native fauna and flora

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Albert Park, Princes St, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

    Heading along Princes Street, once the most desirable address in Auckland, we pass the imposing Old Jewish Synagogue and enter Albert Park, formerly an army garrison till 1871 but today a place for students from the nearby University to relax among the statues of many who were so important to the founding of early Auckland

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Wellesley St E Corner Kitchener, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    Marvel at full French Renaissance treatment given to this majestic 1887 Auckland Art Gallery Building. Time to explore inside and visit the nearby Suffrage Square, dedicated to Auckland's and New Zealand women's suffrage movement

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Civic-Auckland Live, Corner Queen Street & Wellesley Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1001 New Zealand

    This area bordering Queen Street and Wellesley Street has become the cultural centre of Auckland with the classical Beaux-Arts style Civic Theatre with its moorish interior, visited by Bob Hope and Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1940s, to the nearby Town Hall and Aotea Centre

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Smith & Caughey's, 261 Queen St 225 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    Marvel at the "Harrods" of Auckland- the only family department store in Auckland, dating back to 1927, and arguably the most prestigious department store in New Zealand

    Stop At: Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    As we journey towards the Sky Tower, we pass Elliot Street, steeped in history and the very popular upmarket food hall "The Stables" and just nearby Tony's Restaurant, the oldest steakhouse in Auckland. Before we turn down Federal Street toward the Sky Tower, great picture opportunities of the neo-Gothic St. Matthew's Church

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    One of the oldest buildings in Auckland in the Gothic revival style dating back to 1842 and is the epi-centre of Catholicism in New Zealand

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand

    As we stroll down Wyndham Street towards Queen Street, the main street of Auckland, we pass the SAP Tower, the 2nd tallest building in Auckland we have time to marvel at the facade of the original Bank of New Zealand Building and the bohemian Vulcan Lane

    Stop At: Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    As we near the end of our tour, we meander towards the Viaduct Harbour and the America's Cup Village, en route passing one of the finest examples of French Renaissance architecture in Auckland, The Auckland Customhouse(1889) ; today converted to an upmarket Duty Free Store

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Departure Point :
    Downtown Terminal, Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by Auckland Scenic Tours

    Activity ID: V-37991P13

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