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Combo: Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour + Whale & Dolphin Safari Cruise

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Enjoy a cost-effective combo that includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Auckland as well as a whale and dolphin safari cruise!


  • Travel across 9 stops on the yellow double-decker Auckland Explorer Bus or red open-deck Soaring Kiwi bus (route map here).

  • Choose from the 1-day or 2-day option to have complete control over your itinerary and learn about the city's history from the onboard English commentary.

  • View Auckland's largest cathedral, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and stroll through Parnell Village to shop at the charming boutiques, and more.

  • Hop on board the ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for a 4.5-hour luxury cruise on the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, sailing past Harbour Bridge and Devonport.

  • Witness marine life such as dolphins, orcas, and whales, and learn about them from a marine science expert.


Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

  • 1-day/2-day hop-on hop-off pass

  • Onboard English commentary

Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

  • 4.5-hr eco-cruise with dolphin and whale watching

  • Expert and informative commentary

  • Interaction with marine research scientists


Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

  • Entry fee to Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, SEALIFE Kelly Tarltons, All Black Experience, and Weta Workshop Unleashed

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Ratings
Clare Noel



Apr, 2024

Everything was great. The two greeters at the Sky Tower were super helpful and all the drivers were very friendly. One small thing was that the web site said the road to the aquarium was flooded and buses weren't going there. As this was our destination it almost stopped me booking. Otherwise we had a great day. Thank you
Brittany Strickland



Apr, 2024

The timing of when the last bus would be picking up was unclear so we got stuck and had to purchase an Uber. The website also said the bus was temporarily picking us up at a spot that it was not and that there was a shortened route due to flooding, which there wasn't. Other than that, we loved the experience. Its such a great way to see th city and we wish we could've seen a bit more!
Kim Youngsuk



Mar, 2024

I was worried that the tall trees might pose a danger to our bus. We would like to cooperate with the organization that manages the trees on the road so that customers can focus only on sightseeing during the tour.
Suzanne Gail Myers



Mar, 2024

It was a good way to get around Auckland and hear about all the sites. Good advice to stay on the bus until you have seen the whole loop and then decide what you are going to do. Next time I would probably buy a ticket that included seeing the zoo and aquarium, for best value.
Wendy beach



Mar, 2024

Your street steward told us about the Pacifica festival. The bus got us there and back . We had a great day. Stopped at Mount Eden too.

Choose this discounted combo and enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour as well as a marine cruise with one ticket.

Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

Get on board a 65-foot luxury catamaran to explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, one of the most prolific and diverse marine parks in the world. See stunning views of Auckland landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, North Head, and Rangitoto Island – home to the youngest volcano in New Zealand. Learn facts about the marine wildlife in the gulf. Witness pods of dolphins leap into the air, putting on a splendid show, and hopefully, you'll see marine creatures including orcas, whales, fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles, and rare species of seabirds like the little blue penguin. Interact with the marine science experts on board to know more about marine wildlife preservation projects and more.

Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Start your trip by boarding the yellow double-decker Auckland Explorer or red open-deck Soaring Kiwi bus and enjoy an onboard audio guide. Cross the Sky Tower – Auckland's tallest skyscraper, and get to know about the All Black Experience, based on New Zealand's rugby history and Weta Workshop Unleashed, which shows how special effects are created.

Relax at Albert Park and shop at the boutiques and cafes of Newmarket. The Auckland War Memorial Museum sheds light on the nation's history of wars. Make your way to Bastion Point which offers breathtaking views of the cityscape. Finish your tour at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. Witness different types of marine life such as sharks, stingrays, and seahorses, and even get up and personal with penguins.


Please click here for the detailed route map and boarding points.

Important Information

Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.

  • Note that the following is not allowed on this tour: large bags.

  • The tour circuit takes about 60 minutes to complete a full, non-stop loop.

  • Click here for the route map.

Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

  • Please note that your allocated seats may be released to standby passengers if you do not check in at least 15 minutes before departure.

  • It is recommended you wear a few layers of clothes, bring along something warm and wind/shower-proof, a sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

  • Please wear flat-soled shoes.

  • Please carry your personal medication, including seasickness medication as these are not available on board.

  • You may carry your own food and non-alcoholic drinks on board.


Auckland Explorer Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

  • Daily: 9am to 5pm

Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

  • Daily: 10:15am onwards
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the museum.

Ticket Redemption Points

Explorer Bus Pass

  • The temporary stop 1 is located at Downtown Auckland Stop.

  • Address: 23 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

  • Landmark: Commerce Street, near the intersection with Customs Street East.

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Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

  • Board your cruise at Viaduct Harbour.

  • Address: Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari,175 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.

  • Landmark: Opposite the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

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