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Explorer Bus 48-Hour Ticket

Day Trip, Group Tour
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Auckland's museums, gardens, and historical monuments are all in your pocket with a 48-hour ticket on the Auckland Explorer Bus hop on hop off sightseeing tour.

Explore Auckland's top attractions on your own time frame with a 48-hour bus pass that includes a free return Devonport ferry ticket.

This ticket offers you access to both the Red and Blue routes, each with double-decker buses departing regularly on a seasonal schedule. From October through mid-April departures occur every 20 minutes from all stops, and May through September departures occur every 30 minutes from all stops.

The two different bus routes cover top attractions and cater to nature lovers and history buffs, with stops such as Mt. Eden, Sky Tower, Te Wao Nui - The Living Realm at Auckland Zoo, the Auckland Museum, Bastion Point, Parnell Rose Gardens, Mt. Eden Gardens, and many more. Wi-Fi is available while onboard the yellow double-decker branded buses. Take a few minutes to connect with family and friends, or take time to upload your amazing photos to various social media sites.

You may choose to hop off at Mt. Eden, which is dominated by a volcanic peak also known as Maungawhau. Here you can find various hiking and jogging trails that lead to impressive views over the Hauraki Gul. Mt. Eden Gardens is an award-winning garden on the side of Mt. Eden, and covers an expanse of over 5 acres with collections of perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads, and native New Zealand plants. If you enjoy gardens, perhaps you will hop off at the Parnell Rose Gardens, which is a beautifully kept rose garden in the district of Parnell.

Along with the top attractions, the bus regularly stops at additional sites, such as Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's, Bastion Point Lookout, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wintergardens, Westfield St. Luke's (one of the big three shopping centers in the western suburbs of Auckland), the Museum of Transport and Technology, Queen Street, and Sky City, a casino and event center. It is safe to say that each of these stops offer their own unique allure. Choose to hop off and back on as you please, allowing you to explore only the sites that pique your interest.

Access to each of these locations is easy and straightforward with the 48-hour ticket aboard the Auckland Explorer Bus. Don't wait a minute longer! Buy your tickets today and enjoy the freedom to explore the essential Auckland sites at your leisure.

Please Note: There are two bus routes (Red Tour and Blue Tour). Each route takes approximately 1 hour to complete without getting off.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$39.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Tour Duration
2 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk from the cruise pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
None Included
Special Instructions
Comfortable, casual seasonal clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Guests must be able to step up onto and off the bus. Foldup wheelchairs can be stored based on a first come basis in the limited storage area. Guests must be able to walk on paved and cobblestone surfaces. There are steps required to enter several of the sites, as well as steep curbs in some areas.