Shore Excursions

Visiting Auckland on a cruise ship? Let us show you around.
Escape the crowd, meet the real locals and get great value for money: book a Milestone Tour for your day ashore in Auckland.

Cathedral cove, New Zealand With small groups and friendly local guides, Milestone Tours guarantee you a more personal experience than joining 60 people on a regular tour bus  – and you’ll see and do more of what you want.

We offer quayside pick-up and drop-off, group discounts, free tour itinerary advice and planning, plus a copper-bottomed guarantee to get you back to your ship in plenty of time for ‘all aboard’. And if your ship doesn’t make it in to port to meet us, for any reason, we’ll give you a 100% refund.

Our classic 1-day tours operate daily, or ask us to design a tailor-made itinerary for your party, like one of these:

Waitomo Caves – visiting the world-famous glow-worm caves; choose to stay dry or experience the subterranean thrill of ‘black water rafting’.

Hobbiton – Re-live the magic of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies with a visit to Hobbiton – the Movie Set for The Shire from Middle Earth.

Sheep World – home of the infamous pink sheep. See sheep dogs in action and get involved in the hugely entertaining sheep show.

Muriwai Gannet Colony – witness the spectacle of 1,200 pairs of gannets nesting just centimetres apart. Combine this trip with a visit to the beautiful Waitakere Ranges.

Snorkelling at Goat Island – or try scuba diving. This has been a marine reserve since 1975, and its pristine waters are home to a wondrous array of marine life.

Coromandel Peninsula – experience the incredible natural spa pools of Hot Water Beach, ride the Driving Creek Railway or explore beautiful Cathedral Cove.

Horse Riding at Pakiri Beach – a unique and personal experience, exploring a white sand beach beside the Pacific Ocean.

yachtTell us roughly what you’re looking for and we’ll put together a unique itinerary that suits both your needs and your budget. To whet your appetite, browse our example itineraries, drawn from tours we operated for cruise ship visitors last summer.

Waitomo: Caves and Kiwi

Goat Island: Snorkel and Horseride

Matakana: Sheep Show and Vineyard Lunch

You name it, we can do it! The only limits are your ship’s arrival and departure times – but you’ll be amazed by how much you can do, see and taste in one day.

Take a Milestone Tour - and say you've not only been to New Zealand but that you know it like a local.

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