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How to Spend 2 Days in Auckland

How to Spend 2 Days in Auckland

Two days in Auckland allow for more in-depth experiences around the City of Sails. Sightseeing tours pave the way with an introduction, while various outdoor activities—on water, on land, or in the air—showcase other perspectives. From wildlife to arts and culture, Auckland has it covered. Here’s how to make the most of a 48-hour stay.

Day 1: Auckland Overview

Morning: A sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour helps you get your bearings, and provides easy access to neighborhoods and top attractions. Gaze over the city and harbor from the Sky Tower or Mt. Eden, take the family to the Auckland Zoo, shop in Parnell Village, or sip suds on a craft beer walking tour.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon with a bit more adventure. Consider a walk around the Sky Tower’s outdoor observation platform, or splash into Waitemata Harbour on a jet boat ride. Alternatively, a seaplane or helicopter tour takes you above the city, harbor, and volcanic islands for a bird’s-eye view of the Hauraki Gulf.

Night: It’s time to relax with a luxury sail aboard a yacht or catamaran. Book a dinner cruise on Waitemata Harbour and admire the glittering skyline after sunset while you dine; most cruises depart from Viaduct Harbour. See the illuminated Sky Tower from the water, then finish with a drink at the Sky Lounge.

Day 2: Nature and Culture

Morning: Six species of whale frequent the waters of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Start today with a dolphin- and whale-watching cruise—and don’t forget your camera. Alternatively, ride a ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island, a bird sanctuary where you can take a guided walk and spend as long as you’d like.

Afternoon: Retrace your steps to a landmark like the Auckland Museum and learn about the Maori, the original inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Watch a cultural performance and discover the significance of the haka, or war dance. Children and adults alike will find exhibits on Pacific and European cultures informative.

Night: Go farther afield on your final evening in Auckland with a scenic ferry ride to nearby Waiheke Island. Explore your culinary options and pair dinner with fine wines from this popular destination’s top vineyards. It’s an easy, memorable escape from Auckland’s bustling city nightlife.

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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Secure a limited ticket to Tiritiri Matangi island, a protected sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. A 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf brings you to the island preserve, where you have the day to stroll the trails and enjoy the coastline after a ranger orientation. Gain a deeper understanding of Tiritiri Matangi’s role in preserving birdlife with an optional 1.5-hour guided hike.
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  • 8 hours
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

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Sail away on a harbor cruise in Auckland and enjoy a 3-course dinner during a memorable tour of Waitemata Harbour highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Set out aboard a sailing yacht from Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy service in the dining room while at anchor in Westhaven Marina. As evening falls, your expert captain shares informative facts about Auckland and its iconic sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

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Explore Auckland and its surroundings through the eyes of a Maori guide on this full-day tour that includes a cultural performance and lunch. Take a walk through the ancient forest of Tiriwa, discovering native flora and fauna and their significance to the indigenous Maori worldview. You’ll visit a beautiful west coast beach and learn about a rich cultural heritage as you watch the Haka dance performed at the Auckland Museum. This small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 15 participants for a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

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Taste a sampling of craft brews on a 2-hour walking tour of Auckland. An in-the-know guide leads your small group of beer-lovers to three watering holes, with four to six beer tastings included at each historical pub or newer brewhouse. Enjoy a food pairing at the last stop and learn about Auckland’s burgeoning beer scene — proving it’s not all about wine in New Zealand! Numbers are limited to 14 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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