We are lucky to receive lots of kind words and praise from happy clients who have been on our Auckland day tours so we thought we would share some of these to help you decide that Auckland Scenic Tours is the right choice.
As part of my trip to Auckland to attend the Lions Series I booked the Full Day Tour to have the chance to see more of the city and its surrounding areas; David, our guide, picked up at the Hilton very punctual and with the way he greeted us we knew we went to have a great day. We started our journey after picking up two other tourists near our hotel; after a nice drive through the CBD area we headed to some of the most stunning sites such as beautiful beaches, Mission Bay and the magnificent Michael Joseph Savage Memorial and Achilles Point were two stops where we learnt lot about the history of NZ before stopping at One Three Hill for a great 360° view from the memorial to John Logan Campbell. After all this historical drive a stop at Soljans Winery was perfect with a tasting of 6 wines (and the purchase of some). Enjoying the wind in our faces at Muriwai while overlooking a gannet colony was a stop where we dimensioned the impressive coast of NZ before our lunch stop at Riverhead Tavern; at this point I have to mention that on Sunday the place was very busy but David had a table reserved for the four of us, a nice detail from him. After lunch we headed to Devonport and Mt Victory for an outstanding photo opportunity of the Auckland’s waterfront; a drive through the Harbour Bridge on our way to the winter gardens and the Fenery where we had the chance to touch a real Silver Fern. A final stop at the marina next to the Harbour Bridge for a photo marked the end of a journey that will stay in our memories forever; in my opinion this was one of the best tour in my life; David was great and always making sure that we understood him as English is not our mother language (my wife doesn’t speak English); 8 hours filled with history, the best views of Auckland and the narration of one of the most knowledgeable guide I have had the opportunity to meet. I highly recommend Auckland Scenic Tours to everybody going to Auckland.
Our trip to Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings) and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves was the trip of a lifetime. As was our tour of Auckland the previous day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Our expectations were totally exceeded. We will definitely be back for more. Auckland Scenic Tours is highly recommended. A perfect rating for us
If you want to see the best of Auckland and its region with a fabulous tour guide this is the one to book!!! David is an amazing host with a wide and deep knowledge of the city and its history. He will guide around the city centre and every important place from which you have either a magnificent view of the city and its skyline or a place with a lot of history behind. Our tour included one tree hill, mount Victoria, Auckland museum including the winter garden, a beautiful view and explanation of Rangitoto etc. and the best places in Parnell, Remuera, Mt. Wellington, Devonport etc. In comparison to a hop on hop off tour David takes the right amount of time to walk you through those places, have enough time for pictures and find the best secret spots for selfies or skyline pictures. So if you are looking to discover Auckland with all its magic places and history, have fun with a cool tour guide who also speaks a couple of languages and knows his city and you want to have enough time to really enjoy, than I can recommend this tour highly. Thank you David for this wonderful day, hope to see you at your Hobbiton tour soon!
My mom and I booked the full day scenic tour at the last minute and were extremely glad we did. This is one of the best tours I’ve been on in any country. The tours are for small groups of up to 6 or 7 people. On our tour, there was only one other person. David, the owner/operator was our guide. He did an amazing job. We covered so many different parts of Auckland that we wouldn’t have been able to on other tours. Because the tour is small, the van can go places large tour buses can’t and the personal attention is amazing. David was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We got numerous photo opportunities and were able to spend more time at the various sites because of the size of the tour and also because he wanted us to have the opportunity to see as much as possible. The van was new and spotless. We stopped for a great lunch in a town that isn’t visited by any of the other tours and saw sights the bigger tour companies skip. The cost of the tour is a complete bargain! I can’t recommend this enough if you’re visiting! I wish I had more time to do other tours with the company. If you’re looking for tours with prompt, friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, look no further
My wife and I booked the full day tour with David at the conclusion of our cruise. We had airline tickets to return to Canada in the early evening. He was awaiting our disembarkation at the cruise terminal at 8:00 am and he safely delivered us to the airport at 5:00 pm as requested. The day was full and his tour of Auckland was fantastic! David is an outgoing, knowledgeable and expert tour guide who will take you to spectacular spots in and around Auckland. His well-kept, microphone equipped and spacious van allowed us access to places, such One Tree Hill, where larger buses are unable to navigate. Every stop was a photo opportunity! My personal favourite was Fernz Fernery (at Parnell Winter Garden) where David pointed out to us New Zealand’s iconic silver fern. Another unique experience was our wine tasting stop at Soljan’s Estate Winery where we were welcomed by the owner Tony. This is an insiders’ tour of Auckland not to be missed, whether you have a half or full day to spend.
This tour was arguably our favourite experience of our week trip to Auckland. The small group environment allowed us to visit so many parts of the city which we would otherwise not be able to see on a large bus, but was also great as the tour was able to be customized to what we wanted to see. The number of places we visited was much more than we could have ever expected, it allowed us to see places much further out that we didn’t even know existed. The tour guide, David, was incredibly knowledgeable on all current and historic events and could answer any question we could throw at him. His enthusiasm for the city was clear as he was very ready to explain everything we could see around us. Another bonus was his photography skill background, which meant all the memories we captured look incredible. The cost was an outright bargain, especially for the extra time (more than a few hours!) David took to ensure he showed all his visitors the entirety of the city which he is clearly very proud of. This tour is perfect for all ages, our bus in particular had ages from 18 all the way to 82. Could not recommend this experience more, thank you so much Auckland Scenic Tours for making our trip a trip to remember
The half day tour was jam-packed with all the amazing sights and scenery of Auckland! I loved getting a rare insight into the history and the development of some of Auckland’s most iconic places. Thanks so much David for showing us around Auckland and too all the amazing destinations that this city has to offer. It was a well worth it experience, with , and an unbelievable experience!
Two couples did a half day tour with Dave and found it informative, interesting and incredible views from all areas of Auckland. Dave is very knowledgeable, but also an enjoyable guy to spend a day or half day with. He uses a microphone, so everyone can easily hear! His six- person minivan. He can take you to many sites unacceptable by your bus…knows all the good photo ops! Has other good tips for visitors! Guarantee you’ll be glad you chose Auckland Scenic Tours!!
My best friend and I went on this tour on our first full day in Auckland. David, the owner, was our tour guide. Two other ladies were supposed to be coming along with us but had to reschedule due to feeling unwell, which left us with David who provided us with an extraordinary private tour of Auckland and a drive out to the west coast. David’s knowledge of Auckland is absolutely mind blowing. He provided continuous commentary throughout the entire day, as well as delivering us to many locations throughout the city. He was joking and playful as well as very kind and eager to snap pictures of my friend and I throughout the day. He took us to some popular locations, but many locations were off the beaten path. When leaving Auckland we stopped by a family owned vineyard for some wine tasting before heading onto a lovely viewing point of a west coast black sand beach. My friend and I had packed a sack lunch (versus choosing from the three optional locations to eat lunch) so David picked up a bite to eat and found us a lovely location to enjoy our picnic lunch before returning to Auckland. Despite the sudden onset of rain David still took us to the final few locations before returning us to our hotel (which was outside his normal route for pick-up). I am so grateful that I found such a wonderful tour and tour guide to share my first day in Auckland with. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to see as much of Auckland as they can (and learn about its history) and who is also trying to get a bearing on this beautiful city.
Perfect day tour with Keenan, can’t recommend highly enough (6 stars). Everything from the black sands of the west coast to fantastic views of Auckland. Beautiful gardens, lovely lunch stop, great architecture , every question answered. Must Do!
We want to thank David, the driver/guide/owner of Auckland Scenic Tours, for making Auckland (and the start of our journey) so memorable for us. David was so passionate about his city that his enthusiasm was catching. He went out of his way to make it such a memorable and personalised tour. We had lots of opportunities to get out to take photos or stay in the mini-bus if our old legs were tired. The 4 hour, half-day tour was extremely good value for money. It covered everything you’d read about in guide books and so much more! We could not have seen a quarter as much on our own in our hire car and it would have required so much more time for research and planning first … and we’d never have discovered the interesting local knowledge that David shared about each of the spots along the way. We especially loved the many beautiful and varied harbour views, the beaches, the amazingly peaceful Cornwall Park on One Tree Hill, the Winter Gardens, seeing the tree-lined streets and houses of the best suburbs, and learning about Auckland’s history … and the tips on where to find our favourite type of restaurant.
This tour is incredible value for money! If you pick this activity, you will be in for 7 hours of fun traveling in and around Auckland covering an area of approximately 200 km. During the tour you will get to see many attractions including the Skytower, memorials, beaches (Judges Bay is awesome), and the main bridge. You also get to see many areas that other operators won`t go to as they`re more out of the way! The tour contains a really small about of people (about 6 or so). You can`t get a more personalised service than that! If you want to make the most of your time in New Zealand, then this is the tour for you. A huge thank you to our guide (David) who is easily one of the best and most knowledgeable guides I have ever met.
My first thought of Auckland was really negative after seeing all the towns while travelling up from the south. David completely changed that opinion and I fell in love with this city. Actually wish I had a few more days! His knowledge of the city is incredible. You get to enjoy all the best views while learning about the amazing history of Auckland. A definite must do for everyone visiting this lovely city
I really enjoyed my full day tour with Auckland Scenic Tours. It’s worth to taking if you have limited time visiting this city. We got to see all the sights around Auckland…especially we can see really New Zealand in the countryside and historical places…. I took so many beautiful photos and videos. I am so pleased that I found this tour as the tour guide came over the Harbour Bridge to pick me up and drop me off at my hotel which I really am grateful for. Even took me to a supermarket so I could buy some fruit at the end of the tour. I cannot believe how much we saw of Auckland in the 8 or more hours of the tour. Such a nice tour and guide that I would tell everyone to go on the same tour as this one. Thanks much David for sharing us the amazing places in Auckland…also your taking care for all day!
This tour was amazing saw all the best spots in Auckland like the bridge, bays, beach and memorials just to name a few. This is the tour that you need to do if you want to make the most out of your visit and learn about the history of Auckland. Thanks again David the one of the best tours I’ve ever done.The highlight for me was seeing the rough beaches on the West Coast. Except for the rain early on in the day, I couldn’t fault the tour at all. Loved how the tour guide took me to so many places not advertised and even went back to one later in the day so that I could get the perfect photo shot once the background weather had cleared. Fabulous day and start to my holiday in New Zealand. A must do tour in my opinion.
Having only a short time in Auckland we had the full day tour with this company. David who is also the owner was our guide for the day. Well what a mine of information David kept us informed and entertained all day. Showing us beautiful parts of Auckland city and surrounding areas. Even if we had known the sights to see, which we didn’t, we could never have seen what we saw today. We did a wine tasting stopped in most amazing place for lunch saw the gannet colony visited the glasshouses at the museum. We just loved the spectacular views from Mt. Victoria. We couldn’t believe how much we saw. We just loved seeing the real New Zealand scenery. Also being a small tour group, the number of stops we made to take photos. I could have stayed at the Wintergarden for hours. Not only did we see so much but we learnt so much. An exceptional tour that I would thoroughly recommend. All in all a fabulous day.
It was really an amazing experience. On time pick up and drop off back to hotel. Visit to various iconic places around Auckland. Friendly staff, stop by each place and take plenty of photos for you. I really enjoyed that excellent trip. I can’t say what was the best thing about it, because it was everything. Loved being taken up volcanoes and to some of the best vantage points in Auckland to see the 360 degree views. Extremely knowledgeable guide who explained everything continually to us. Even added an extra hour on to our tour. I will tell all my friends to take this tour. Fantastic day
Did the full day tour which was jam packed! We were picked up promptly at 8.30am from our hotel and then taken on an approximately 200km tour around Auckland. The tour also includes visits to the west coast to see the black sandy beaches, a wine tasting at a local vineyard as well as stopping for lunch at a great pub at Riverhead with views of the water (the cost of lunch is not included but we were given the option to choose somewhere else if we wanted to). David the tour guide was very knowledgeable about Auckland and its history as well as being very friendly and offering to alter the tour to fit in anything we wanted to cover. We were lucky to have reasonable weather and were able to get some good photos from the many stunning elevated viewpoints we visited during the day. David also stood in as a photographer taking several photos of all four of us together. We were dropped off back at our hotel around 5pm. If you are looking to discover Auckland in a day this is the tour to choose.
The tour was great. The driver/guide was highly informative and knowledgeable. Dave knew we only had one day and went over and above to make sure we saw all the highlights. This tour was beyond expectations. We would recommend this tour and company to everyone.We absolutely loved being taken to the rugged West Coast of New Zealand as we did the view of the beautiful beaches and the sea. In fact we particularly loved all the elevated views. We loved the blossom in Cornwall Park and the beautiful Wintergarden. We never realized that we were going to see so much of Auckland. What a beautiful city. Really comfortable transportation. He really helped make our only day in Auckland one that we will remember.
Extraordinary day, extraordinary tour and a special thanks to our tour guide for assisting us throughout the day with the mobility scooter. We appreciated this greatly. Auckland is such a beautiful city and we just loved how much of this we got to see. The views and the scenery throughout the day were spectacular particularly when we were atop volcanoes and just the numerous 360 degree elevated views. We just loved everything and the lunch destination was also one of the highlights. Great choice and just helped make our day a very special one that we will always treasure. Loved the wine-tasting and when we look back we feel so lucky that we actually saw and stopped at dozens and dozens of places. Recommend 100%.
What an amazing day we had. I can’t say what was the best thing that we saw today as everything was so amazing and beautiful. I also can’t believe how many sights we saw, the number of places we stopped at to take photos and actually how much there was to see in Auckland. Even though we had done some research on what to do and see in Auckland, this tour surpassed all our expectations. The full day tour has clearly been well thought out as it covers everything we had researched and so much more. Our tour guide just kept taking us to more and more places. Sensational lunch venue. Everyone is just so friendly from our tour guide to everyone we encountered en route. Big tick from us and thoroughly recommend.
We booked the half day tour with David and I have to say it was the best tour ever. David was a very gracious guide taking many memorable pictures along the way. He is quite knowledgeable of the New Zealand culture and in navigating the terrain. He has a great personality. We were recommended this tour by a friend. Best thing we have done in Auckland as it has now prompted us to go back and re-visit some of the places we went to. The best value for money we could have wished for. We would love to stay in Auckland forever as it is so beautiful. A must for anyone visiting Auckland.
We had just one day in Auckland and after research decided that the tour offered by Auckland Scenic Tours was the best on offer. What a great day we had. We weren’t disappointed. The scenery in Auckland was amazing and so much better than we anticipated. We went to places we had never heard about and we learnt so much about each location. What we loved also was the intimate nature of the tour as the tour bus only caters for a maximum of 6 people and we weren’t waiting for 20 or 30 people to get on and off a large bus. As a result we saw so much more than I am sure we would otherwise. Really comfortable vehicle and our tour guide not only made us feel very special but also told us so much all along the tour. We couldn’t fault anything about our tour
From the moment we were met off the cruise line, The Dawn Princess, we had the most amazing day and we could not have picked a better tour to see so much of Auckland in the 8 hours we had shore side. What we first loved is that we were easily able to see our really comfortable vehicle as we walked off the ship and our friendly, very knowledgeable tour guide was there waiting for us. Auckland is so beautiful and we loved all the view from high above that we saw at One Tree Hill, Okahu Bay, Muriwai, Mt. Victoria and also from the Harbour Bridge. We have so many photos that we will treasure for a lifetime. We loved the food and the stunning setting for the lunch. An outstanding tour that we would thoroughly recommend.
Just loved the tour! What I loved the most was all the elevated views we had across the whole of the Auckland isthmus. I never realized how much there was to see in Auckland and what a beautiful city it is. Loved the parks and most of all the Wintergarden. Also loved the way our guide knew all the stops to go and get the best photos. Learnt so much about the sights we saw, the history of Auckland and its culture. Tour guide was really good and so friendly and knowledgeable. Great day and tour choice
What a fabulous tour! We had the expectation that the tour was basically just around the City. What a surprise we had when we discovered that, not only would we be visiting all the key City Sights, but also that we would be seeing the really rough West Coast Coastline, the beautiful countryside and other hidden gems that we had no idea were also included. We just loved the Wintergarden; stunning lunch venue; but actually we loved everything. We couldn’t fault the tour one bit. Incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who helped make our first day in Auckland one that we will always remember. Our guide knew the City extremely well and gave and showed us lots of various eating options for dinner which we would otherwise not have known about. Thoroughly recommend the tour.
We could not fault one thing about our Full Day Tour today. I cannot believe how much of Auckland that we saw, places we weren’t expecting as they weren’t advertised and our tour guide just kept showing us more and more of Auckland. What a beautiful city and we will forever have fond memories. Our tour guide just seemed to know all the right places to stop and take fabulous photos and we did that often. Also he knew where all the clean bathrooms were which we really appreciated. We absolutely loved the destination lunch. It was really great how we were given all these options for us to talk about and choose. We weren’t disappointed with anything. He even gave us so many great options for lunch; places only locals would know. Incredible value for money and we would thoroughly recommend this Tour and this Tour Company to anyone coming to Auckland
What an amazing tour. Incredible value for money. I had been in Auckland for work but wanted to see Auckland before I went home. In hindsight a great decision to take this tour as I could not believe how much of Auckland I was shown. Many of these places weren’t even advertised. I was so impressed with the knowledge of the tour guide and the information about every sight we visited. I love taking photos and I was so grateful for the numerous stops we made en route as I feel I have a really good record of everything I saw. What I also really liked is that the guide knew the best places and angles to take the best photos. What a fabulous day and experience that I will remember for a long time
We are on our honeymoon to New Zealand and at the very last minute late on Friday night decided to book the Auckland Scenic Tour’s Full Day Tour for a pick up from our hotel the following morning at 8:30am. What firstly impressed us was that the Company had left a message with the hotel reception at 7:10am on Saturday morning confirming the booking and the pick-up time as I thought that I would need to be ringing them. What an introduction to our 2 weeks in New Zealand as the tour was simply outstanding. We could not fault one thing; loved the wine tasting and the vineyard gave good portions to sample. We tried 6 in all. The destination lunch too at the Riverhead Tavern was so picturesque by the estuary. We never realized that Auckland was so beautiful with so much to see. Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. What we liked was the elevated views of Auckland we often got. This is clearly a very well thought out tour. He took us to so many places that weren’t on their brochure. He even took the left lane coming over the Auckland Harbour Bridge so that we could get stunning photos looking down the Harbour. He took us to some places that being a local he knew that we had never heard about and some of those will likely end up as my new Facebook Page photo. Fabulous day, fabulous wine, fabulous lunch, exceptional value for money; outstanding guide; thank you very much!
We had come to Auckland for my birthday and even though we had been to Auckland before, we had only passed through as the size of the city made it somewhat nervous for us to travel around and navigate the city on our own. Seeing all the places we had heard about and never really seen before was very special to us. The whole day went so quickly as our fabulous tour guide unfolded all the sights and the beautiful scenery of Auckland. We loved the wine tasting. Loved the gifts also that I bought there and the place our guide took us for lunch was simply delightful. We loved having history that we sort of knew about explained to us. Our guide, who was so affable and knowledgeable, also took us to places that I understand aren’t on the normal tour that probably meant more to us New Zealanders which we really appreciated. This was a very special day that helped make my birthday a very special one.
Our family only had 1 day in Auckland en route from Australia to Fiji. We were so happy that we chose the Auckland Scenic Tours’ Full Day tour. We couldn’t speak more highly of the tour, the comfort and the tour guide’s knowledge and commentary. The day was full with over 8 hours seeing so many beautiful sites that we never realized were in Auckland. We loved Devonport and going up to the top of the Mt. Victoria volcano. We never expected to see such beautiful green countryside. We loved the lunch destination. We had a view overlooking the pier and the estuary. We took so many amazing photos that we will especially treasure. Just now wish we had more time in Auckland.
Outstanding full day tour. Thank you so much. We absolutely loved the day with our tour guide giving us an extra 2 hours on our tour. We visited so much of Auckland and saw so many places and things that we never knew we would see when we started. I said to the tour guide “can we see some of Auckland’s nature?” OMG, we saw some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I didn’t want to leave the Wintergarden. I took so many photos and what we loved was that our tour guide made us feel really comfortable throughout the day, taking so many photos of us at the sights, which we really appreciated. His knowledge of Auckland was really extensive and this helped make the day one that we will remember for a long time. We loved the wine tasting and the lunch. We loved the flexibility. We loved everything. Thoroughly recommend
What a very special day Clyde and I had. We couldn’t fault the day which was incredible value for money. We never realized that we would see so much of Auckland, so much more than that advertised; places that we never knew existed. We learned so much and our tour guide was amazing. His knowledge of Auckland and all the sights we visited made this tour even more special for us. We loved the wine tasting. We had been wine tasting on Waiheke Island but this was so much better. We loved the flexibility of our tour guide taking us to the Riverhead Tavern for our destination lunch; we didn’t want to leave as the setting by the estuary was beautiful. Thoroughly recommend this tour, so personalized and we were made to feel very special.
We had been travelling around the North Island and hadn’t seen Auckland. We were leaving Auckland tomorrow and decided to choose the Auckland Scenic Tours ½ day tour. What a great decision! The tour was amazing. We saw all the places that we had read about in the guide books and so much more. We couldn’t believe how much our tour guide knew about Auckland and each of the sights we visited. We love taking photos and what was so great was the numerous opportunities we got to stop and takes photos whilst things were explained to us. Our Tour Guide made the tour so special for us and so personal. We leave New Zealand with great memories and want to return again soon.
Today I had the pleasure of seeing Auckland on one of the half day tours with my guide David. I cannot fault one bit of the trip as it was absolutely fantastic, I saw landmarks, buildings and sights I wouldn’t have even known about, never mind found on my own! The tour gave a real all round view of the city; the bustling busy centre, as well as the stunning view down the harbour and the very beautiful Devonport, to name just a few places. The tour was also tailored to my interests and questions, which meant that David went out of his way to show me some areas that I would find enjoyable and that I would love to return to at a later date. David’s knowledge of the history, culture and people of Auckland was superb, and I feel his passion for the city really made the tour just that cut above the rest. Brilliant value for money, thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you!
We fell in love with Auckland today. We really liked all the numerous times we stopped to take photos as we love taking photos and also the numerous videos we took. Tour guide, David, is New Zealand’s hidden secret. Extraordinary knowledge of Auckland and New Zealand. He helped make the day extremely special for us and we can’t thank him enough for all the great photos he took. He just seemed to know all the perfect places. We loved being able to see the countryside, beaches, parks, the stunning panoramic view high up and the Wintergardens at the end. This tour is the perfect tour to take on your first day in Auckland as you get to see so much and then you can decide places you might want to go back. Thank you for the fabulous lunch place and just everything. Truly memorable.
I looked at lots of brochures and chose the Full Day Tour with Auckland Scenic Tours. Fantastic day and I wasn’t disappointed. Great choice. I couldn’t believe how much of Auckland we were shown. Even though we saw a lot, we never felt rushed. Really impressed with the tour guide’s detailed and extensive knowledge of Auckland, he even extended the tour which I really appreciated. Loved the lunch; in fact just loved the day and recommend this company to anyone travelling to Auckland!
Outstanding Tour which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Auckland. Feel I know more now about Auckland than my own hometown. Extremely knowledgeable tour guide and we loved the manner in which everything was explained to us. Loved the wine tasting and also that the tour guide was so flexible not only showing us places in Auckland that weren’t on the standard tour but also that we had lunch in a place of our choosing. We thought the tour was exceptionally good value.
Exceptional tour today that we thoroughly enjoyed. Loved all the bays and beaches that we went to and just learning so much about the history of Auckland and of all the places we went to. Great tour guide who shared so much information to us. We loved the Wintergardens and actually seeing many of the places from different angles and could see how well the tour had been thought out. Totally recommend.
“Amazing half day tour which was recommended by a friend and we weren’t disappointed. Our tour guide personalized the tour for us and took us to Eden Park Rugby Stadium and to see the Prime Minister’s House. We’re mad on rugby and really appreciated these gestures. In fact he added an extra hour on to the tour to accommodate us! We were really impressed with his knowledge of Auckland and its history. We learnt so much not only about Auckland but New Zealand culture in general which we really appreciated. He was so friendly and affable and made the tour special for us. Thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone here just for a day or even longer.
Outstanding tour. We loved all the old wooden villas that we saw that we saw in Devonport and actually in many other suburbs of Auckland that we travelled though. Loved how we had so many opportunities to stop and take photos. This tour has changed my initial impression of Auckland as it is an absolutely stunning city. Love how our tour guide kept taking us to more and more places and the tour ended up being 1 ½ hours longer than we had booked. We learnt so much about the history of each location. We just had such an amazing tour and in hindsight so pleased that we took this tour. The views from high up from the volcanoes we went to were stunning
The guide was a genial and knowledgeable host who packed the day with a comprehensive tour of Auckland and environs. In spite of a full itinerary the day never felt rushed or pressured and personal preferences were accommodated.
This was an amazing half day tour! My husband was at a work conference and I only wished I had done this tour on the first day that I arrived. I cannot believe how much I learned about Auckland and its history. I saw everything I wanted to see and I wished that my husband could have shared this with me. My tour guide was so knowledgeable and made the tour very special for me. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Auckland!
We only had ½ day for my sister and I to see Auckland. This tour showed us everything that we could ever have wished for at great value! Our tour guide also spoke and understood French which was a bonus for us and even though he conducted the tour in English, he took the time to ensure that we fully understood everything that he was telling us. He told us so much about the history of Auckland and all the many places we visited. He was extremely informative and the tour was just magnificent. He even picked us and our luggage up from our Airport Hotel which was about 30 minutes from the centre of Auckland at no extra cost which we really appreciated.
This was such a fabulous tour! We had a day to see Auckland and this tour showed us everything we wanted and so much more. Our tour guide even picked us up from our Air bnb residence some 20 minutes out of Auckland at no extra charge. We had 2 hours longer than we thought and went to unexpected places that were the real New Zealand, not just the concrete jungle of the inner city. We were amazed at how much our tour guide knew of the history of Auckland and each of the sights we were taken to. In fact we asked him how he knew so much about Auckland. We loved our tour guide’s sense of humour and he even customized our lunch. The wine tasting was really fabulous, in fact the day was just amazing!
This was the most amazing 2 day tour to Hobbiton, Rotorua, the Kiwi House in Otorohanga and Waitomo Caves. Auckland Scenic Tours produced a detailed itinerary complete with maps that we really appreciated. They custom-made an extremely competitively priced tour just to suit us! Our tour guide was fabulous; always punctual, totally professional and reliable, so knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun for us. Our transportation was so comfortable and we could see that our tour guide really cared about our safety. Our tour guide took us into the hinterland of the Central North Island which was such amazing and beautiful scenery. We are quite sure that the normal tourist to New Zealand would never get to see these parts of New Zealand. Thank you for helping make our time in New Zealand so special!
Outstanding tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. One of the Air NZ aircrew had given us a list of all the things we must see in Auckland. This tour not only took us to all the places recommended but so many more, in fact the tour was 1 hour longer which we really appreciated. We weren’t into wine tasting and what we really appreciated was the tour guide amending the tour to suit us and taking us to the 2nd oldest pub in New Zealand, the Riverhead Tavern, on the uppermost arm of the Waitemata Harbour where we had a fabulous lunch in front of the fire and we got the chance to taste some local beer.
Very, very informative tour guide who went beyond the call of duty. I never realised there was so much to see in Auckland and in 4 hours was taken to so many places that made the tour unforgettable. I can’t believe what we saw in this time. Incredible! I had an afternoon to spare whilst I waited to check in to my hotel, just loved having the history of Auckland explained to me and seeing so many places that I had heard about but never seen.
The best part of the tour was seeing the beautiful green countryside of Auckland. We love nature and seeing the spectacular west coast beaches that we could see for miles and miles was incredible. The moment we first saw this we were so excited, actually everything about the day was great. The lunch destination was amazing, the beautiful parks, beaches, gardens. I couldn’t stop taking photos and our guide took so many of the two of us that we really appreciated. Loved the way our guide explained everything continually to us so that we understood what we were seeing and the history of each place.
A great introduction to the history of Auckland and its people, perfect for first timers to the city of sails, very informative guide with local knowledge.
So pleased we booked this tour. The photos that we took of the stunning scenery are amazing. Such a good tour guide. So pleased we took a small tour group as we stopped at over 25 places and some of the places we went to could not be reached by large buses. I loved the many gardens we saw. We weren’t rushed and just had some much time. The lunch destination was the best ever. This tour is a must do.
I never knew there was so many beautiful sites in Auckland, the scenery was amazing even though the weather that was not the best. My guide was great, with extensive knowledge of NZ and Auckland history and culture. It was so good to get out of the concrete jungle and see the real Auckland!
We loved visiting all the gardens like the Wintergarden and Fernery. Also the Michael Savage Memorial. Actually we like everything on the tour but also particularly the beautiful countryside. It was amazing how much of Auckland we saw being in a small group and the number of times we stopped. Even though there were 6 of us, if we had been on a large coach we could never have gone to the number of places that we did. We really appreciated how much we saw as we feel we now have a really good orientation of Auckland. Such a beautiful city.
We decided to take this tour because all the other tours seemed to visit only just city. We wanted to see not only the city but also the countryside and the greater Auckland. We thoroughly enjoyed our more than 8 hour tour and weren’t disappointed. We loved every moment particularly all the views we had high up looking over and down across the City. Great 360 degree views in so many places. We just loved seeing the New Zealand Countryside. Just seeing the many places that we went to that we never expected and all the fabulous photo opportunities. Great tour and great guide.
This is THE ONLY tour to do to see all Auckland has to offer and then some. David took us to places off the beaten track and offered expert commentaries on what we were seeing and what to expect next. Excellent value for money and the best way to see Auckland first so that you can follow up on places to re-visit. Thoroughly recommended.
The tour was very good and I learnt so much about the history of Auckland. Our tour guide was fantastic, so knowledgeable and he showed us all the sights we could have ever wished to see in Auckland.
We took this tour at short notice and are so thrilled that we did. This is such a beautiful city. Doesn’t matter where you go, the scenery is spectacular. We just fell in love with the beautiful gardens we went to. Loved the beautiful beaches, seeing the harbour glistening and the amazing views when we went up several of the highest points in Auckland. I cannot believe how much of Auckland we saw. We had rented a car to travel around New Zealand but had to drop it off at the airport the next day. Our tour guide at the end of the tour even drove us more than half way to the airport to show us the best way to get there so we wouldn’t get lost. I cannot praise both the tour company and the guide enough.
Best tour guide ever. Just loved his manner and the way he interacted with us and made us feel special. Also how he helped my wife and I and really cared about us. So much so that I took a lot of the tour companies’ business cards to give to everyone at the Convention that I am going to. Thoroughly recommend. We fell in love with the beauty of Auckland and we felt lucky that we chose this tour at the last minute and all the beautiful scenery of Auckland that we saw. Spectacular views from the mountains and the volcanoes
This was without a doubt the best thing we decided to do in Auckland. It was so great to go off the beaten track a little and see parts of Auckland I would never have known existed. Tour operator was very informative and friendly… Even taught us some Maori! A must do in my opinion.