Your Auckland Vacation Awaits
Auckland, New Zealand, is one of the most amazing vacation destinations on the planet. This city is a meeting point for people from all over the world. Don't be fooled by Auckland's remote location on the map. New Zealand is a land of wonder and adventure. Is Auckland calling your name? Let Expedia.com help you plan a trip to the famous City of Sails.
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Walk to the bungy pod, high above the water, for exclusive access to the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge. As you strap into your safety gear, select whether you want to jump ankle-tied, in tandem, or in a harness for more freedom. Feel your pulse begin to race as the moment approaches.
Step to the edge of the platform, gaze out for one last look at the far-reaching views, get the final nod from your instructor, and it's time to jump. Plunge towards the water with the air rushing past you before the cord hits its length and springs you back. You can even take the country's only ocean dip—try for that extra level of daring as the cord lets you reach all the way to the water before pulling you back up.
As New Zealand's original bungy operation, you can be sure that you're in safe hands with an experienced crew that holds an exemplary safety record. With your feet back on solid ground, reflect on your breathtaking adventure, Kiwi style. Read More close
At the base of the bridge, get into your required safety gear as an experienced crew runs through the agenda for the tour. Make your way up the steel structure, listening to your guide explain the fascinating history of the bridge's construction. As the longest road bridge on the North Island, it is an engineering marvel.
Thanks to the easy-going pace and the static line, you can really take time to admire the views. As you reach the summit, the stunning panoramas get even better, with far-reaching vistas stretching into the distance. Pick out your favorite Auckland landmarks, all visible from your perch, before you return to solid ground. Read More close
On the ground, begin with an all-important safety briefing as you're kitted out with the necessary safety gear. Make your way up to the bungee pod via a nearly 2,000-foot (600-m) walkway high on the bridge. Once the final checks are complete, it's time to position yourself on the edge of the platform, feel your heart begin to race, and then leap out and plummet toward the water. As the cord stretches out and reaches its limit, feel its tug and bounce right back up.
Your guide is on hand to provide fascinating insight into the bridge's history and construction. From the top, you can gaze out and admire 360-degree views of the surrounding area, the scenic harbor, the city's farthest points, and beyond. The safe walkways allow for an enjoyable experience. Read More close
An easy 45-minute drive brings you from your Auckland hotel out to the town of Parakai, where you take to the air for your flight over the countryside. Get geared up with your instructor and prepare for the adventure that awaits when you step out into the air.
Depending on the altitude of your dive, you can spend 30 to 75 seconds in complete freefall, reaching speeds up to 125 miles per hour (200 km/h). As you fall, you can see all the way across the island, from the black sand on the west coast to the white sands on the east. Admire the amazing panorama of coastlines, rainforests, beaches, and the city of Auckland itself as you parachute to the ground. Read More close
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After pickup from the Waiheke Island Ferry Terminal, meet your expert guide, who takes you for a 20-minute tour of Waiheke, stopping at many of the most iconic spots. En route, enjoy spectacular views and learn about the island's natural environment, as well as ongoing conservation projects.
Upon arrival at Trig Hill, friendly instructors await to fit you with your climbing harness and helmet, as well as provide you with a safety instructions. Once checked-in and geared up, 3 dual Flying Fox ziplines fly you smoothly, side-by-side with a friend, over native bushland.
Start by ziplining over a beautiful vineyard, and then proceed to your second line, called City View, which provides you with awe-inspiring views of Auckland. Then continue to the main zip, Kurinui, with its steep gradient, on which you zip at a faster speed than you're allowed to drive on Waiheke roads.
Finally, take an eco-immersive walk back to the base through the native bushland. Learn about native flora and fauna, as well as the conservation program that helps preserve the natural environment. Read More close
Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the coach. Feel the sand between your toes as your driver helps you dig for shellfish, depending on weather and time of year. Continue off-road up Te Paki Stream, stopping at massive sand dunes for some thrilling sand-boarding. If you're feeling adventurous, clamber up and surf down the dunes to get your heart racing.
Enjoy a delicious lunch of Either Fish and Chips (A NZ Favourite) or Falafel salad at the beautiful Wagner’s Park set on the Houhoura Harbour.
Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close with ancient giant kauri trees. Stroll along an elevated walkway surrounded by graceful giants while learning about conservation efforts to preserve the forest.
Visit Cape Reinga and hear a Māori legend of spirits departing on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular views, visit the lighthouse, and see where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean crash together. Read More close
Enjoy an exhilarating motorcycle ride with your own personal driver, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning New Zealand scenery. Start your tour by traveling south on the back of a Harley Davidson, along the banks of the Waikato River, passing through New Zealand's largest dairy- and sheep-farming province.
Then arrive in King Country, home to the Waitomo Caves and its thousands of magical glowworms. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, see the magnificent formations and take a relaxing boat ride inside the caves. Afterward, enjoy a relaxing lunch and take the back roads through the western coastal villages of the North Island. Read More close
Start your adventure with a pickup from your hotel. Then cruise the twists, turns, and straightaways of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula region on a chauffeured Harley Davidson tour. Let your guide take the handlebars while you sit back and enjoy the wind in your hair.
Leave Auckland behind and travel along the Pacific Coast Highway around the Coromandel Peninsula. See the mountainous backbone of the peninsula, made up of rugged volcanic peaks and steep gorges shrouded in dense native bush.
Visit idyllic Coromandel and explore the township's shops and streets. Stop for lunch at the top of the peninsula before continuing along the highway, as it hugs the coastline, providing stunning views across the Firth of the Thames. Take time to absorb the stunning scenery before returning to Auckland. Read More close
Leave Auckland behind you and ride in comfort and style aboard a Harley Davidson motorcycle to Hobbiton Village. Travel along the Kaimai Range into the Hauraki Plains and its dairy farmland. As the landscape changes, arrive in Middle Earth country. Following a visit to the movie set, be treated in true Hobbit fashion to a lunch at the The Shires Rest Café.
Climb back on your bike for a spectacular ride to the beautiful Karangahake Gorge, listed on the New Zealand Automobile Association's "101 Greatest Things To Do in New Zealand" list. Following a stop at the gold mining town of Waihi, your journey takes you south to the Bay of Plenty, with its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Read More close
Experience an exhilarating motorcycle ride with your own personal driver, allowing you to fully enjoy New Zealand's North Island scenery. Depart Auckland and head south, through sprawling suburbs, before heading over the Bombay Hills to Hamilton. Let your guide take the handlebars while you sit back and enjoy the wind in your hair.
Follow the Waikato River through picturesque Cambridge, along Lake Karapiro, and into the Mamaku Ranges, passing through the beautiful Fitzgerald Glade. Upon arrival in Rotorua, visit Whakarewarewa Village and see its geysers, mud pools, and hot springs before experiencing Maori culture, performance, and song first-hand.
After enjoying a lunch overlooking picturesque Lake Rotorua, ride around the scenic water before taking the journey home through the pasture lands of Matamata and the Hauraki Plains.
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Start your adventure from the Ferry Terminal, where a friendly staff member greets and briefs you at the pier. Then, hop on board and get ready for a high-speed ride with adrenaline-pumping power breaks.
Hold on tight as your captain performs daring 360-degree spins and pulse-pounding twists and turns. Enjoy spectacular skyline and harbor views from the unique vantage point of the jet boat. Travel at speeds of more than 50 knots under the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge.
Then glide past top landmarks, including the Chelsea Sugar Refinery and Kauri Point, a cliff lined with trees, and stop briefly to take in the majestic beauty of the sights. When you get back on land, feel your adrenaline rush slowly soften.
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Join a small group of no more than 4 participants and listen as your knowledgeable and experienced trainer provides you with a brief scuba diving training session and pool skills lesson. Once you’re prepped, it’s on to the dive itself, where the only thing between you and the sharks: your wetsuit.
Twenty-three sharks call the predator tank home, along with native New Zealand fish and short-tailed stingrays. Look out for the fearsome Sand Tiger shark with its massive 10-foot (3-m) long body. Spot the elongated snout and sharp triangular teeth of a School shark as it darts by, and keep your eyes peeled for the cleverly camouflaged Wobbegong lurking near the bottom of the water. Read More close
Meet your expert guide as you're first provided with behind-the-scenes insight about the inner workings of the aquarium. Then listen to a briefing and instruction that prepares you for the heart-pounding adventure to follow.
Wiggle into your wetsuit, strap on your snorkel gear, and take the plunge into the Shark Cage. The cage is a high-tech combination of mesh and Perspex that provides up-close, intimate views of the sharks while keeping you safely contained and out of harm’s way. Marvel at the School, Sand Tiger, and Wobbegong sharks as they swim—a mere few feet—from you. And don't forget to spot the graceful stingrays and colorful fish as they glide around and below your protected cage. Read More close
Begin your adventure by meeting your professional driver when you're picked up at your hotel. As you make the gentle drive across the scenic Auckland region, pass through charming rural towns nestled among vineyards and lush, rolling hills of farmland. The vibrant nature of your surroundings is an energizing start to your day.
After a refreshing ride, step out at Tree Adventures, an outdoor wonderland suitable for the whole family. Take advantage of their 5 unique adventure courses, which combine climbing, balancing, and ziplining activities suspended high in the treetops. Make your way across high wires, balance beams, and swinging logs, pushing your limits and enjoying the rush of the challenge. Once you've completed your course, make the journey back to your hotel in the comfort of your private vehicle. Read More close
Arrive at the top of Sky Tower and receive a safety briefing before your adrenaline-pumping adventure begins. Then a highly trained jump master ropes you up and takes you safely up to the edge. Look down and hold on tight as you jump like a movie stuntman to the Sky City plaza below—a distance of 630 feet (192 m). Fall at a speed of approximately 52 miles per hour (85 km/h) for around 11 seconds before landing smoothly in the plaza.
After your brave jump, take time on the observation deck of the Sky Tower. From here, admire spectacular 360-degree views of Auckland’s city skyline, hills, and sparkling harbor. Additionally, watch other SkyJumpers falling past while you recap this amazing experience. Read More close
After your safety briefing, walk right around the outside of the Sky Tower and feel the exhilaration of being 630 feet (192 m) above the ground with no handrails between you and the air. Take in the incredible views of Auckland afforded by this unique vantage point; see its hills, the harbor, and the islands beyond.
A full-body harness and overhead safety lines help you navigate the walkway that encircles the tower. During your tour, learn about Auckland’s history and landmarks and hear the story of the tower’s construction. If you want to take it a step further, have a go at hanging over the edge.
After you have completed your daring SkyWalk, enjoy more 360-degree views from the observation deck inside the Sky Tower. Read More close
If you're staying in Auckland, your morning begins with a scenic 35-minute ferry ride through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke, where you meet your guide and drive to the zipline site on Trig Hill. After a brief introduction, gear up and take off down 3 exciting dual ziplines, reaching speeds up to 30 mph (50 km/h).
Soar through the trees and high above the sun-dappled forest floor below, taking in views of Waiheke's sandy beaches, rocky coves, and even Auckland's city skyline in the distance. At the end, trek along a mile-long (1. 6-km) boardwalk during a guided forest walk for an up-close look at the island's ancient flora.
After all that adrenaline-pumping adventure, you're sure to be hungry—and thirsty! Head back down to the ferry terminal and meet your guide for the next portion of tour—it's wine time. Your first stop is at Stonyridge Vineyard, where a tour of the pastoral grounds is followed by a tasting of Bordeaux-style red wines and a delicious lunch among the vines.
Next, make your way to Rangihoua Estate. Check out the machinery used to press fragrant oil from olives and sample some of the peppery, perfumed extra virgin varietals produced here. Detour to Wild on Waiheke, an outdoor venue where you can purchase additional beer and wine samples or try their famous handcrafted preserves. After a final tasting at Mudbrick Vineyards, hop on the 4 PM ferry back to Auckland or use your all-day bus pass to continue to explore at your leisure. Read More close