Following an increasing number of potential safety incidents on KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of New Zealand scenic rail services, the outdoor viewing carriages will be closed until further notice while a safety solution is found.
Get to know Auckland's past and present with a half-day tour of its scenic city highlights, followed by a cultural performance at the Auckland Museum.
Travel through the city centre, past iconic Karangahape Road and the stylish suburb of Ponsonby, and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour, home to America's Cup racing for many years, and the central city's main road Queen Street.
Take a short morning tea break (own expense) in Parnell Village, where historic buildings have been transformed into a boutique shopping destination. Your tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbour. Then drink in the views from Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park.
Return to the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. Overlooking the Domain is the Auckland War Memorial Museum – the country's first museum, established in 1852. Here you will enjoy a Maori cultural performance from members of the Auckland-based Ngati Whatua iwi (tribe), including traditional songs, dances and haka.
Explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions which tell the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum holds Maori and Pacific treasures, impressive natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts.
Useful info: We provide a voucher for a shuttle transfer back to the city after your Auckland Museum visit. This transfer is to the central city only – it does not include hotel drop off.
Free WiFi available on board