Boat Tours & water sports in Auckland Central

Top Boat Tours & Water Sports in Auckland Central, New Zealand

Boat Tours & Water Sports in Auckland Central

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Sunset Cruises
2–3 hours
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AU$134.37
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4–5 hours
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92% of travellers recommend this experience
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AU$119.54
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Adventure Tours
5 hours
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100% of travellers recommend this experience
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AU$104.56
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Private and Luxury
1–2 hours
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AU$91.74
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Day Cruises
2 hours
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93% of travellers recommend this experience
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AU$176.07
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  • DorwardC
    Sydney, Australia17 contributions
    Checking location was a little difficult to find but other than that this was a great trip. Sailing home was great and a spectacular view of the city and harbour lit up at night. Crew were professional and welcoming. We had a rain but the jackets provided kept me dry and warm.
    Written 1 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • callovertheworld
    Mandaluyong, Philippines52 contributions
    The tour itself was fun and educational. We stayed out in the front of the catamaran. We regreted it though whent he sea became rough. It is nature and we cannot complain. The thing though is with rough waves t is more difficult to do sightings.
    We saw around 6 whales of different kinda..toobad though about the waves.
    The service of the staff aboard I noticed is excellent because they cared about those who had seasickness.
    Written 19 April 2022
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  • Angela B
    7 contributions
    Fantastic day out exploring the Bay of islands. Paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, walking or just laying in the sun. Super relaxed pace and Nick was a brilliant host. Loved it.
    Written 9 January 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • GrandTour293245
    5 contributions
    Sorry i forgot the skippers name from Saturday 13/03/2021 but he along with the young lady were absolutely fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly and witty. This is the second time we have done this cruise over the last 4 years, nearly to the date. In fact the first one was an evening dinner cruise with 4 of us, who had an absolute blast, and this time with just the three of us again, soaking up the Americas Cup 2021 atmosphere with a 10.30 am morning sailing cruise on ZHIK. Even though the wind was not the best it allowed us to stand up easily and take many photos that we will treasure until our next trip, which we have booked for Tuesday as a spectator, and for Wednesday if this becomes the final day and decider of the 2021 Americas Cup final, cant wait. Nothings too much for this wonderful team of dedicated crew, absolutely awesome. Thanks team Explore. Mark and Kim, Brits happily stuck in NZ
    Written 15 March 2021
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  • Kirsty Porritt
    3 contributions
    Excellent for anyone who appreciates America’s Cup & Sailing! Great day out and the team were really helpful!
    Written 1 January 2021
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  • Abdullah880
    Klang, Malaysia8 contributions
    I just returned from a 8-day North to South Island tour. Lizzy was helpful and professional in her dealings with my bookings. The driver in Christchurch by the name of Graham was very very friendly and informative. I strongly advise all visitors to look for Graham if they are visiting Christchurch. I hope Leisure Tours will give him a good bonus!!
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • Natalia K
    Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions
    The staff of ferry made me feel very uncomfortable during my recent trip. I cannot wear face covering due to my health conditions and two members of crew discriminate me by forcing me to cover my nose but I could not breath. They didn't care at all. It was pure harassment and the worst experience ever. Do not use their service as they are all very unkind to people with specials conditions.
    Written 12 January 2021
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  • Patricia C
    Palmer, AK7 contributions
    Our tour from Auckland was great, despite the intermittent rain. Our driver, Martin, was courteous and knowledgeable. His colleague, Andre, helped us understand the thermal park and gave a glimpse into Maori culture and traditional crafts. All in all, a worthy tour. Bravo!
    Written 18 November 2019
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  • Ashlea B
    Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
    During lockdown my mind was going back & forward trying to decide if I should book a Backyard Roadies Tour. I was sick of looking at my same four walls for months but scared to go on a tour not knowing anyone.

    ‘New Year New Me’ I set myself a goal to make this my year for travelling and booked the first Far North Tour for 2022 just one week prior. I was soo nervous to go alone and by the end of the first day it had already turned out to be the best thing that happened to me thus far, I was glad I chose to go solo. From strangers to friends to family in just one day!

    I have already booked my next tour to Abel Tasman and have at least another one, if not two tours lined up for this year. If your like me and keep standing in your own damn way all the time, it’s time for you to step aside and see how amazing this experience really is…I promise you won’t regret it!
    Written 25 January 2022
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  • terihawaii
    Honolulu, HI1 contribution
    The tour was just amazing. The sun was out, skies were blue and we were surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean. With the “Motus” as landscape everything looked picture-perfect!
    Our Cheeky driver/tour guide, Lance, was very kind, polite and entertaining. We enjoyed his many stories about the history of the land, it’s people and their customs.
    Yes...I’d do it again!
    Written 8 March 2020
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  • Rydcook
    Bar Hill, UK4 contributions
    Super lovely group of people. Our tour guide was excellent. I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of the tour (for example doing the Haka Dance, carving Jade stone) it was genuine, authentic and less touristy. I loved that accomodation & transport was all taken care of as it meant for a stress free experience. Perfect to end of with the Paddle a Waka. Awesome stuff. Highly recommended for all ages.

    If you want less touristy, more culture, nice people and a range of awesome activities to choose from, go for this! If you can, stick around and get a campervan for a while too.

    Enjoy!
    Written 4 March 2020
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  • Christos
    1 contribution
    I did the 20 days adventure tour in both the north and south island with tour guide Louisa. I had an overall good experience and met many very interesting people, was left however with the impression that i paid too much for too little and for that cannot recommend haka tours.
    To describe the tour, we got on a bus and travel from place to place with our tour guide who was also the driver. People get in and out during the tour, for example 3 people started (had booked the 23 day tour), we joined them in auckland and became 10 people. 4 left at Wellington (had booked only north island), 8 joined in Christchurch (had booked only south island). Ages were mostly 30-40 in the north island and mixed in the south (7 between 20-30 and 7 30-40). 2 people were over 40 years old.

    Now the reasons i wasn't satisfied:
    - The bus was uncomfortable, hard seats, barely enough space for your legs, especially if you are tall, no wifi or plug.
    - Most of the included activities are things you can do for free, but i have to say that probably you ll miss many if not having a tour guide to know them and bring you there. Still it gives a rather wrong impression.
    - Because of bad planning, we didn't get the guided city walk in Christchurch and because of bad weather we didn't go to Franz Josef, they changed the plan and we went to Mt. Cook instead, no refund was provided for any of the missed included activities.
    - The north island was good paced although i think an extra day in Wellington should be added, but the south island felt very rushed. At least till we got to Punakaiki, we barely had time to really stay in place. We also saw Christchurch only for a few hours and then had to go in the bus again.
    - Stops for lunch were normally 45 minutes allowing time only for fast food.
    - The main reason for not recommending the tour, is that it felt completely overpriced. We met in a hostel tourists that booked another tour company which provided a tour with only 3 days less for a price of more 1200 NZD less! Same size of group, same size bus. When i complained to them, the answer was basically that we cannot compare the different tours and that i should have searched better before booking (the other tour was almost identical though, mostly same programm, even the hostels were mostly the same).
    - About the accommodation, it was 4-6 bed hostels (in some mixed gender) and they were clean, however...a co-traveler who decided to cancel some hostels and book on his own, found almost everywhere a single room that was cheaper than the money needed for an upgrade in our prebooked hostel!!! This is unacceptable!! Means the rooms were much more expensive compared with what they should be. Also in some places the hostel was very far from the city-center, or city in overall (for example in Christchurch, Abel Tasman etc.).
    - Our tour guide didn't inform us very well about the hiking places in Rotorua and forgot to tell us that Te Puia-Visit was an outdoor activity and didn't give us time then to put sunscreme, resulting in a bit of a mess when going in and later some sunburns.

    Not everything was bad though:
    - The co-travelers were amazing people, made friends for life.
    - Despite the mentioned mistakes above, our tour guide Louisa was full with energy, made big effort to create a good mood and explained many things during the driving. She is also Maori which was great! I must also comment her great ability to handle the bus, felt really safe while she was driving (managed to sleep easily when needed in the bus!). She also brought everyone to the activities they chose and even brought us in our hotel door when going back to Auckland. Thank you a lot for that!
    - Most of the optional activities were great experiences, Milford Sound was my number one (do NOT miss it!), Dolphin Encounter in Kaikoura, Pancake Rocks, Cave tubing in Punakaiki, Cayaking in Taupo etc.
    - I liked the breakfast concept, we had to tell our tour guide what we needed and she would go and buy it for us for the morning. It allowed a lot customization and change.

    In the end, i cannot recommend haka tours, since when i ask myself the question if i would have booked it again or had chosen the very similar cheaper tour, my choice would have been the other tour. I couldn't find any way to justify the price difference for only 3 extra days.
    Written 2 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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