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Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Highlights
  • Small group of just eight people or fewer ensures personalized attention
  • Stroll through uptown Auckland to find the city's hidden gems
  • Guide provides historical commentary
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Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
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Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
From USD 55.57
Overview
Experience Auckland's hidden gems on this walking tour through the city's lanes and other secret spaces. With a guide in the lead, you'll stroll through areas you might never find on your own while listening to commentary on the city's European and Maori history. Take a break for refreshments at a heritage hotel and ride the locals' bus uptown to explore an artsy neighborhood. Traveling with a small group of just eight people or fewer guarantees an intimate atmosphere.
What to Expect

Expect a local greeting in Maori from your top local guide, a friendly Aucklander. Your 2.5 hour morning tour sets off from downtown’s historic Queen Street.  Along with your small group, you’ll leave the bustle behind and wander into laneways bursting with local art, boutiques and cafes.     

A stroll through an outdoor plaza reveals a shopping oasis of Kiwi high fashion. A narrow alley where the sailors and traders once came ashore brims with shady stories. As you walk you'll hear the Māori and colonial history of Auckland and discover its volcanic beginnings. You'll pause for a refreshment break at a heritage art-deco hotel in a light-filled courtyard.

Emerging from the old town you'll wander by the gateway of a past Maori fortress into a serene city park. With views of Sky tower, you’ll learn about the World War Two secrets right under your feet.  Pause and admire the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery, before hopping on the locals’ bus with your guide. For a short ride uptown to a vibrant artistic neighbourhood and one of the city's last grand arcades.

A stroll through a valley bursting with birdsong is an unexpected delight in the heart of the city. Walking through the theatre district you may discover an actor rehearsing their lines outdoors. Every day in Auckland is a theatre of the street.

Your tour ends on upper Queen Street next to the Auckland Town Hall. Here your guide will bid you farewell or “Haere Ra” and offer advice on what to do next. 

Tour Highlights/Inclusions

  • Walk with a fun Kiwi guide
  • Personal small group encounter
  • Stylish back laneways
  • Auckland's old town and history –  Māori and colonial
  • Discover Albert Park, Auckland Art gallery and Town Hall
  • Suffragette Square
  • Refreshments - barista coffee, tea or cold drink
  • A bus ride to an uptown neighbourhood 
  • Auckland’s theatre district
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Reviews (32)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
A great way to see the city!

Liz was terrific! Her passion for Auckland came through during our time with her. She was knowledgable, interesting and fun to be with. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Auckland and seeing the "hidden gems" around town. The few stops we made at shops...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ascheff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best way to see Auckland

We have done walking tours in many cities around the world. My wife and I love them in general. Aucky Walky was wonderful. Liz made us feel like she was a member of the family taking us on a guided tour. She gave us enough...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HowardLH48
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks H and R, loved showing you the back lanes and hidden little spots in central Auckland. A small-group walking tour is the best way to find your feet quickly in a new city. So thanks for supporting professional walks guides like us the world-over!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
I highly recommend this fantastic walking tour!

Last month I had the pleasure of having Liz, the owner of Aucky Walky Tours, show me around the hidden lanes and gems of Auckland. And luckily enough, I was the only person on her walking tour, so the experience ended up being a personal,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ED44SF
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you so much Ern D, for your incredible review - great to hear from you. It was a pleasure meeting such an interesting and well-travelled SF guy. Memorable for me too. So glad you tried out some of those dining recommendations and thanks...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kia ora

Liz was very energetic and eager to share her knowledge of Auckland. She took us to many sites that we would not have discovered on our own. It was a great way to experience the city. The small group is definitely a great feature when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank richclift
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Nga mihi or thank you R and C, such a delight meeting you both at the end of your NZ cruise. Glad you enjoyed the hidden spots of central Auckland which we reveal - a little hard to navigate without a walks guide. As you...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018
One of the best city tour

Amazing tour with amazing tour guide, you really learn about the hidden gems of Auckland, I would recommend this tour some someone on holidays but as well for locals, Liz has so much knowledge it's a real delight to spend time with her it's a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fi s
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you F for booking our Hello Auckland tour, it was lovely showing you around on foot. It was a fun and memorable morning. Hope you enjoyed Auckland's food spots and returned home refreshed. Come back soon!

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