Auckland, is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. Auckland is the largest urban area in the country, with an urban population of around 1,628,900 (June 2018). It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki ([ˈtaːmaki]) or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”, in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.
What to Expect
In Phuket City, there’s a lot of things to explore here below is the tentative prices of the various activities which you can add on your own or you can ask our team to add these activities for you. Please Note that all mentioned below rates are Per Person on double sharing.
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand, the youngest country on Earth! On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is a blend of islands, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment. In the evening make your way to the Auckland Ferry Terminal for a safety briefing, then put on a provided spray poncho and life jacket before boarding the jet boat for your 40-minute ride. Hold on tight as Auckland’s fastest jet boat accelerates with incredible speed into Waitemata Harbour. Feel the adrenaline rush as you race down the harbor at speeds up to 62 mph (100 kph). Your expert driver maneuvers the vessel with amazing agility and performs fishtails, 360-degree spins and power brakes throughout the hair-raising jet-boat ride. Watch landmarks of Auckland’s city skyline whiz past, including the Sky Tower. View the Harbour Bridge and the Hauraki Gulf volcanoes in the distance before you’re whisked back to shore. Overnight stay at hotel
Today morning proceed for a half day tour of Auckland. Travel through the city centre, including Auckland’s famous Queen Street, Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe and fashionable Ponsonby. Cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline, and visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Silo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing over Grafton Bridge to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city’s oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village, where you will make a brief morning tea stop, and along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive. Just above Mission Bay is one of the scenic highlights of your tour: Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. Named after one of New Zealand’s most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers stunning views over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Return back to your hotel by afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city and discover why it is one of the best places in the world to visit. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching the Shire. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your walking tour of the Hobbiton movie set. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour concludes with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer. After the tour a sumptuous buffet lunch fit for a Hobbit is included before heading back to Auckland.
Today morning check-out from your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home. Your tour ends with happy memories.
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