Highlights of Historical and Modern Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
- Queen Street: Window shop along Auckland's most exclusive thoroughfare before crossing one of the longest single-span bridges in the world, Grafton Bridge.
- Auckland Domain: This massive central park is home to the Auckland museum where you can pose for a quick photo with this neo-classical building.
- Wintergardens: Travel back to Victorian times wandering through the glass conservatories and gardens at New Zealand's oldest park filled with tropical plants and lily ponds.
- Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium: See what life is like under the sea in the underwater tunnels and exhibits at this aquarium overlooking Okahu Bay.
About This Auckland Tour
Set on the isthmus between two harbors, Auckland was a mere shantytown when European's settled here in the 1800s. Today, it's anything but. This former capital is one of New Zealand's most intriguing cities, modern yet deeply rooted in history. Native Maori traditions are strong there, and nowhere is this more visible than at the Auckland Museum, home to over a thousand artifacts and a traditional Maori "haka" show.
Hakas tell stories through dance. One depicts the legend of a tribal chief seeking revenge against a man who had killed a whale. The chief sent women from the tribe to find the man, knowing only that he sported distinctly overlapping teeth. The women performed their captivating haka and their wily ways paid off when the man smiled and was captured – then promptly done away with.
The haka also has a presence at sporting events where Kiwi teams bring history to the athletic battlefield. They dance and chant: "…It is the taste of victory that draws us here and we honour the legacy of champions who precede us. …We feel the closeness of our ancestors as we alight the battlefield… Fight to the end in order that the legacy will endure into the future. Here we are! Seize it!"
In addition to the museum, this tour will visit a number of other locations that provide a glimpse into modern and historical Auckland. You are here! Seize it!
Beware the three witches of Auckland Domain
Be on the lookout for ghosts when you stroll the grounds at Auckland Domain. Urban legend says that, in the 1800s, three accused witches were hanged from trees in a swamp that is now part of the Auckland Domain. Visitors have reported seeing ghost-like figures among the branches and hearing the sounds of human-like howls and growling.
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.
Must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over varying terrain with some inclines and steps. Tour is accessible for travelers with walkers and wheelchairs.
Cultural, Bus Tour, Walking Tour, Scenic, 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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