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“The best way to see Auckland in its entirety!”

Auckland Scenic Tours
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US$104.39*
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Full-Day Auckland Scenic Tour
Ranked #20 of 166 Tours in Auckland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Want to see the best of Auckland in one day? Then Auckland Scenic Tours provides ideal personalised escorted tours of the "must see" attractions, landscapes and sights of Auckland and beyond. All tours operate 7 days a week and have a free pick up and drop off at all CBD hotels. All tours accommodate a maximum of 11 passengers and we take you to the places you won't find in the guidebooks!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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“The best way to see Auckland in its entirety!”
Reviewed 7 December 2016

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.

Visited November 2016
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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this review, 8 December 2016
Wow! Thank you for allowing us to show you our fabulous city! You are right that, even though I am extremely well travelled globally, I believe New Zealand is the most beautiful country on the world as are our people. No city is more beautiful in New Zealand than Auckland. Yes, we have other stunning cities often the magnet for tourists but in our view, Auckland has arguably more to offer than any other city in New Zealand. You just need to be shown it; not just the city but the widen environs where we also tour to. The way we have designed our tours is to allow you to see the spectacular view up volcanoes, the countryside, beaches, historic lunch destination, sample some wine (if you wish) that only locals know plus endless more; in short in our 30 odd stops, that couldn't be offered on a bus,we try to provide the best snippets of Auckland. The clock doesn't exist for us as you rightly point out unless we are taking you back to a cruise ship or an airport departure. We want to ensure that you see Auckland as you say, in its entirety! Thank you so much for sharing our tour with us. We had so much fun and I so enjoyed your company. We have just released our Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tours. I would love one day for you to come back and take one of these as they have a quiet different "Auckland Scenic Tour" flavour to others on offer. Have a great Xmas. Thank you sincerely!
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“Must do in Auckland ”
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

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!

Visited November 2016
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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Thank you for sharing your experience. I remember vividly when you and your mum were in the Wintergardens taking photos how much you fell in love with the stunning colours. In fact I know you both fell in love with Auckland. Yes, you both absolutely loved our destination lunch. So historic where only locals go and the view you had was one I know you will always remember, not to mention the fabulous, inexpensive meal! I so loved having you both on our tour and your humour was infectious. Just going up the highest points of Auckland with the stunning panoramic views and seeing spectacular views of arguably one of the largest harbours in the World, I sensed then that you will come back again one day. And yes, you are right, that we go to places that the larger tour buses cannot go to and therefore can't enjoy our stunningly beautiful scenery. Thank you for choosing our tour. I realize that you had a choice and I am pleased that we could unfold the beautiful scenery of one of the most enchanting cities in the World. Best Wishes
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“Good way to orientate yourself”
Reviewed 4 December 2016

We took the half day tour to appreciate the geography of Auckland. Dave was our driver and guide and was very knowledgeable and wanted to please. Good banter with plenty of chances to stop for photos and have your own photo taken by Dave. Van was clean and air conditioned and there was sufficient flexibility in the program to allow slight changes to accommodate our needs. Didn't feel rushed but ticked all the hotspot boxes!

Visited December 2016
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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this review, 5 December 2016
Thank you so much for choosing our Tour. We are so committed to sharing our fabulous City with our guests and spending a half day with you both and doing similarly was an absolute delight. You are right that you will have not only very special memories but special photos of auckland that you will treasure forever. I felt privileged to be an integral part of your time in Auckland. I hope that you will share these special memories with your friends so this will also encourage them to visit what we believe is one of the most stunningly beautiful cities in the world. Thank you!
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“AUCKLAND SCENIC TOURS”
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Wow! What a fantastic tour. Went to ten times more places than we could imagined fitting in to one day. We would have never found the time or know to go to all these places. Best tour guide ever! I have never met a guide so passionate about his city. Very informative & amazing views. Who knew you could go & see all these amazing places from Auckland city. Some favourites - Muriwai Beach, One tree Hill & lunch at The Riverhead Tavern.

Visited November 2016
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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this review, 5 December 2016
So great to have been able to share our fabulous city with you and your daughter! Really appreciate your comments. When you live in one of the most beautiful cities in the World, it is so easy to be passionate. You are right that we saw so much of Auckland including many places that we don't advertise. I know you loved our special lunch destination as I know you wanted to stay for another hour or more. And of course the wine tasting at the vineyard we went to. Every time I go up our volcanoes I marvel at the stunning 360 views. I just love looking at the expressions of "wow" in our guests as they first glimpse these views. Thank you so much for choosing our tour.
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“Outstanding conclusion to New Zealand vacation”
Reviewed 4 December 2016

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:oo 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 Soljans 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.

Visited December 2016
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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this review, 5 December 2016
Firstly, thank you so much for choosing our tour. Great to see that you both arrived home safely. It was such a fabulous day and when you review all the numerous photos you took at the close to 25 places we stopped at, you will have some treasured memories of our tour together. I also remember how you fell in love with our stunning west coast and you are right that our tour is showing you the real Auckland and accessing places for stunning 360 views. I also remember you both marvelling at the views from high over Devonport as you did the thousands of beautiful old wooden villas and bungalows that we saw there. We couldn't have picked a better day weather-wise. You will, of course, also fondly remember the unique lunch destination that only locals know about. I relay appreciate you taking the time to say these lovely words and best wishes in your future travels.
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