5 Day Auckland Highlights

5 Day Auckland Highlights

Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf.

Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and is known as the City of Sails. Your morning tour includes Queen Street, Auckland’s central business district, Auckland University and the inner city park known as the Domain. It continues through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its colonial era homes before heading over the Harbour Bridge. Visit historic Devonport and travel to the summit of Mt Victoria with stunning panoramic views of Auckland City. Then visit Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere, the Auckland Fish Market and Wynyard Quarter, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.

Just a 30 minute drive from Downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest where you walk amongst giant tree ferns and hear native birds. Learn about the fascinating local history and flora and fauna of the region from your guide. This gives a true insight and feel for our unspoiled native forest – a classic Kiwi experience.

Escape to a warmer climate and clear airs of Waiheke Island; a stunning 40 minutes ferry cruise through the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland. Your tour guide will greet you on arrival at the wharf. On the island, two excellent wineries, featured in Time Magazine, are visited for wine tastings. They are Stonyridge Vineyard with its 'Larose' vintage, which has "sweet blackberry, cassis and plum notes", and Mudbrick Vineyard with its 'Reserve Merlot Cabernet'.

At Stonyridge Vineyard you will enjoy a tour, tastings and a sumptuous light lunch. Next stop is Rangihoua Estate, where the annual Olive Festival is held in November. A stop at 'Wild on Waiheke' offers optional beer tasting as well as wine, and the chance to sample home grown preserves and chutneys. Archery, outdoor chess and other fun outdoor activities are available here.

A final tasting is at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard. Once the tour is over, you have the choice of board the next ferry back home, or using your 'All Day Bus Pass' to further explore the island, with its artists, beaches and wineries.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 5 Day Auckland Highlights
From: Auckland to Auckland
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $1203 per person
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: SBAKL5S

Inclusions

4 nights’ accommodation at the SkyCity Auckland
Optional breakfasts
Full day Best of Both Worlds Auckland sightseeing tour
Taste of Waiheke tour (Dec-Apr)
Guided Waiheke Island wine tour including tasting at 3 vineyards
Light lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard
Ferry from Waiheke back to Auckland

Short Break Exclusions & Extras

Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Auckland

Make your way to the SkyCity Auckland located in the heart of the city.

Day 2
Auckland Sightseeing

Full day small group Auckland sightseeing tour.

Day 3
Auckland & Waiheke Island

Waiheke Sailing Experience and Waiheke Island wine tour.

Day 4
At leisure in Auckland

At leisure to explore the city.

Day 5
Depart Auckland

Free time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before departing Auckland for your next destination.

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There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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18/09/2013
All the tours were very good and paced accordingly, the only criticism would be the Bush & Beach tour!! I don't think everyone was that intersted in the nature walk into the forest, maybe another part of the beach area's would be a little more spectacular. The morning city tour was very knowledgeable and provided a balance between city and urban living.
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5 Day Auckland Highlights
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Tour Code: SBAKL5S
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19
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