Auckland's Natural Wonders and Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Auckland, New Zealand
- Queen Street: See and be seen on Auckland's bustling and poshest main street, a waterfront thoroughfare lined with upscale boutiques and interesting architecture.
- Auckland Domain and Wintergardens: Uncover an ever-changing display of rare flora in barrel-vaulted Victorian-style glasshouses and stroll amid scenic grounds.
- Auckland War Memorial Museum: Delve into local history and culture as well as regional flora, fauna, and landscapes, while learning about military war heroes.
- Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium: Journey through the underwater viewing tunnel – the first of its kind in the world – and come face to face with marine life.
About This Auckland Tour
Unearth the wonders of Auckland, a sprawling, multicultural city atop a volcanic field on New Zealand's North Island. Intersected by lava flows that form thoroughfares, this distinct Polynesian locale features explosion craters (maars), scoria cones, and tuff rings.
No trip to the city is complete without a stroll along Queen Street. Named for Queen Victoria, the street – now lined with boutiques, restaurants, and pubs – was an early development of the new town of Auckland when it was founded in 1840 (coincidentally the same year Victoria married her first cousin, Albert).
See why Auckland is called the City of Sails as you take in the panoramic views of yacht-dotted Viaduct Harbour. Wander through Auckland Domain and Wintergardens, with its temperate and tropical glasshouses, sunken pond, and compelling War Memorial Museum. Enjoy a tea break in Parnell Village where historic buildings have been transformed into trendy boutiques.
Skirt beach-fringed Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, perched high above Mission Bay. After seeing the water from on high, dip down low and check out the colony of Antarctic penguins and other underwater wonders that live at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, brainchild of the namesake marine archeologist and diver.
Dense forests, coastal beauty, laidback Kiwi charm, and an indigenous soundtrack ranging from natural bird songs to high-energy rock music make this diverse spot with Maori roots nothing short of charming. As they say in Auckland, come as a visitor, live like a local, leave as a friend.
Nature with limitations…
Despite being known as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, New Zealand does not have any natural, four-legged mammals to call its own. The Maori brought its only indigenous land mammal – the bat – hundreds of years ago. What's more, there are no naturally occurring snakes, poisonous spiders, or jellyfish to be found.
Your guide will meet you on your ship's pier. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a back pack for all your great buys.
A moderate amount of walking is required. Venues are accessible; tour is wheelchair-friendly - just let the GoToCrew know in advance.
Adventure, Bus Tour, Theme Park, Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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