Soaring Kiwi Tours - Auckland City Central Tour
Let us take you on a journey of discovery through New Zealand’s largest city and former capital, Auckland. This Hop On Hop Off tour leads you directly through the streets of Auckland on one of our red buses, (including an open top double decker bus on our Central Tour), allowing you to explore the city with ease and at your own pace.
Nestled between two harbours, it’s clear to see how The City of Sails earned its nickname. With more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world, you simply can’t escape the sweet salty smell of sea air surrounding you as you take in the views from the open top of our unique red double decker on our Central Tour.
In a city jam-packed with cultural diversity, there is something for absolutely everyone. Whether you’re an animal lover wanting to visit the zoo, a thrill seeker set to explore the heights of the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, or simply looking for Auckland’s hottest shopping spots, our Hop On Hop Off tours allow you to explore the city at your convenience.
Unique Red Buses with fantastic views
Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on board our unique, double decker red buses. You will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.
Entertaining ‘live’ commentary
Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are available on the central tour.
Hop-on, hop-off and visit Auckland’s best attractions
As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
KIDS ride FREE!
Up to 2x children (14yrs and under) can travel FREE with accompanied paying adults.
Please note RED open top double decker buses operate on this tour route. Bus frequency may vary due to traffic and other issues.
Tour Duration: 1 Hour
Summer Departure Times (1 Nov – 30 Apr): Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 4pm.
Winter Departure Times (1 May – 31 Oct): Buses depart every 60 minutes from 9am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 4pm.
Stop 1: SKYCITY (First bus departs: 9am)
SKYCITY is a premiere entertainment destination located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Enjoy breath-taking 360° views from the 328m tall Sky Tower, or for those seeking adventure, take a Sky Walk around the top, or leap off the platform on the Sky Jump! SKYCITY also boasts a world-class casino and several restaurants and bars.
Stop 2: Viaduct Harbour
The Viaduct Harbour is a residential, commercial and entertainment precinct that boasts some of Auckland’s finest restaurants and bars. This picturesque waterfront destination hosts a variety of events and is a superb place to dine or relax and watch the world go by.
Stop 3: Bastion Point
This historic reserve provides great views across the Waitemata Habour, Rangitoto and the Auckland city skyline. Bastion Point is most clearly remembered in New Zealand history for its role in 1970’s Maori protests against forced land alienation by non-Maori New Zealanders.
Stop 4: Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Set on the waterfront, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarirum is one of Auckland’s top attractions. Kelly Tarlton’s showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and a Shark Cage experience.
Stop 5: Parnell/Holy Trinity Cathedral
Parnell has it all! Shopping, cafés, markets, heritage walks, museums and more. This vibrant inner-city suburb is one of New Zealand’s most desirable places to live, work and play! Here you can also visit Holy Trinity Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.
Stop 6: Auckland Museum
Nau Mai, Haere Mai! Auckland Museum is where exciting stories are told of New Zealand, the people, the Pacific, flora, fauna, and the unique landscape, it all comes to life through exciting and artistic exhibitions. This historic building is a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.
Stop 7: Auckland Domain
The city’s oldest park this spacious 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The natural land formations have created a natural amphitheatre and 10 hectares have been developed as first-class sports fields. There are formal gardens, duck ponds, bush walks and a 1912 band rotunda.
Stop 8: Albert Park/Auckland Art Gallery
Albert Park is a popular destination for Auckland residents and visitors alike. At one corner of the park is the Auckland Art Gallery and gardens, and on the other side is the original park-keepers cottage which is now a museum of memorabilia.