Explore Auckland with Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Is this your first visit to Auckland and have no idea where to go? Why not discover this vibrant city with a sightseeing tour by hop-on hop-off bus? It is up to you to choose a 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, which will allow you to explore all the iconic attractions in and around the city at your own pace. Hop off the tour as many times as you like within the validity period of your ticket, and simply hop on again when you’re ready.

Want to make your journey into Auckland more unforgettable? Waiheke Island is one of the most popular destinations and was recently rated one of the top island escapes in the world. Just a 40 minute cruise from downtown Auckland you’ll discover the sun-drenched island paradise. The best way to get around Waiheke is to combine your ferry travel with the Waiheke Explorer hop-on hop-off tour bus. Without the hassle of trying to navigate yourself, you’ll enjoy the freedom to expore all of the island’s best spots with comfort and ease. Check out the below guides to select a hop-on hop-off bus ticket that works for your travel style.

Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus 24 and 48 Hour Ticket

Choose from 2 scenic routes, or mix and match throughout a 24 or 48 hour period. On the City Tour (Red Route) you’ll see SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, the Sky Tower and Parnell Village and much more. Or switch to the Blue Route to visit Auckland Museum, Mt Eden, the Auckland Zoo and MOTAT and beyond. With lots of stops along the way and regular buses throughout the day, you’ll learn more about the beautiful city and its various landmarks than you thought possible. This ticket also includes a return ferry trip across the harbor to the beautiful seaside suburb of Devonport. Visit this historic suburb and browse boutiques for unique gifts, indulge at a restaurant or cafe, go to the beach or climb North Head for harbour views.

Please click here to see the bus map with both routes.

Tour Times

  • You can hop on and hop off at any stop along either route.
  • Both routes take approximately 60 minutes (without getting off at any stops).
  • The Red Route starts and finishes at the main Viaduct Harbour/Princes Wharf stop. The first tour starts at 9:00 am, with buses every 20 minutes. You can switch to the Blue Route at Auckland Museum.
  • The Blue Route starts and finishes at the Auckland Museum. The first tour starts at 9:30 am, with buses every 20 minutes. You can switch to the Red Route at Auckland Museum.
  • Please note that listed bus times and frequencies are subject to change.

Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Board the modern coach, and hop on and off as much as you like at any of the tour’s 15 convenient stops. Or if you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 1.5 hour scenic tour of the island. On your bus ride, your kindly local driver will point out all of the must-see attractions and introduce the island’s history and culture to you.

With the flexibility of hopping on and off whenever you want, you can customise your very own tour of the island. You might choose to ‘sip your way around the island’ with a boutique winery experience; or for the outdoor enthusiast, why not check out the vista points, beaches and walking tracks; and you can also snack your way around the island sampling local delicacies on the ‘foodie adventure’. With the whole day ahead of you and transportation at your convenience, you can even combine all three!

Waiheke Island is the perfect day trip for you, your friends and family; and your hop-on hop-off bus ticket also includes your return ferry to the island from downtown Auckland. Ferries depart from the Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Auckland and arrive at the Matiatia Wharf, Waiheke Island. Your ticket can be used up to 24 hours after your bus pass expires. Show your Explorer Bus pass at the Ferry Terminal on Quay Street to receive your Waiheke Explorer tickets, which include return ferry travel and the Waiheke Explorer hop-on hop-off bus.

Please click here to see the tour route map.

Departure times

  • Ferries to meet this tour departs Auckland every 30 minutes from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.
  • Tours start at 9:50 am from Matiatia and run every 30 minutes until the last drop off at Matiatia is at 6:40 pm.
  • Last ferry departure time of 7:00 pm will allow time to utilise the hop on and hop off buses on the island.

Final thoughts

From Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower to shopping hot spots and coastal views, Auckland is a sightseer’s dream destination. With the Auckland hop-on hop-off Explorer bus, you can build your own itinerary that suits your interests without being locked into any fixed schedules. Spin through the City of Sails in comfort, hit the sites with ease and get an overall balanced view of what Auckland has to offer.

We recommend you add a visit to Waiheke Island by hop-on hop-off bus as well. It’s the most flexible tour option to hit all of Waiheke Island’s top spots at your convenience. Waiheke’s white sand beaches, vineyards, top quality restaurants and locally-made treasures are all waiting to be discovered.

Everything you need to take your first step for exploring Auckland or getting the most out of your time is provided by the hop-on hop-off bus, so grab your tickets online today!

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