Discover Auckland and Walk with a Private Guide
Maori called Auckland Tamaki Makaurau meaning Isthmus of One Thousand Lovers, you will find out why. We walk on the land where terrific battles, reclamation and excavation have all left their scars on our beautiful city. We weave our way in and out of narrow streets, enter buildings to see the architecture and design features. Explore Takutai Square and the Britomart Precinct. See the remaining Kauri (wood) bricks which were discovered during the restoration and have been preserved. This area is a careful, beautiful development with art, open spaces, retail and dining.
We venture further to mid-town and Albert Park and Te Toi Tamaki, Auckland Art Gallery.
Wander the back streets as we make our way to the waterfront and Wynyard Quarter exploring the newly developed and restored harbour front as we make our way back to Queen Street crossing the Te Wero drawbridge.
This is a very easy walk with plenty of stops.
Any special interests let me know so I can include relevant stops and information.
Our first introduction to Tamaki Makaurau will be 2 fine examples of both our European heritage and Maori heritage. We explore the Britomart Precinct with its newly restored heritage buildings, history, and development. A fabulous area for cafes, restaurants and shops. This was once a thriving portside trading area that more recently fell into disrepair and has been revitalised for all to enjoy, including a Saturday morning farmers' market.
We will stop nearby for morning coffee and then take a gentle walk to Albert Park and the Auckland Art Gallery, Town Hall and Civic centre .
Walk side streets and Queen Street and explore the harbour front to North Wharf. This area has been developed recently from a commerical fishing base to a people friendly vibrant precinct. Seafood market and lots to do here.
Crossing the Te Wero bridge which connects Wynyard Quarter to the Viaduct Harbour, opening and closing to allow access for the many large yachts moored here.
We say farewell at your chosen location.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at your selected location
End location: We will say haere ra at the Maori Chief, downtown, or at a suitable location for you
Duration: 4 hours
Comfortable walk and there is always the option of the local bus to save time and a bit of energy.
Maps, information booklet, morning tea including coffee, tea or juice, govt taxes.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZ$ - But only if you wish to have lunch during or after the tour and there will be plenty of options.
Please bring extra money for lunch and shopping as there may be lots of things you might like to purchase
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Louise was brilliant, she was so knowledgeable about Auckland, it's history, flora and fauna, structured the tour to make it varied and interesting. It was an exceptional introduction to New Zealand.