Sail Date: February 2008
Auckland we know is the city of sails, but oh those harbours are magnificent, and so clean, and lovely historical buildings on the port and in the city very Victorian, it was sunny, windy, and showers, we did the bus tour of the city ... Read More
Auckland we know is the city of sails, but oh those harbours are magnificent, and so clean, and lovely historical buildings on the port and in the city very Victorian, it was sunny, windy, and showers, we did the bus tour of the city which was very good, when you don't have a lot of time it's a good way of seeing places, we also took a ferry ride over to Davenport which is a lovely little place, I know we walked up this big hill to a look out point (sorry forgot the name of it) and had fantastic views of all around and of Auckland, and the bays. All in all we had a lovely day but very tired of all the walking. Bay Of Islands, beautiful sunny day and scenery of course, this was an experience as we had to go in by tender boat, not too badly organised a bit of a wait both ways to and from ship. We just had leisurely walks on the beach and around the little town. We went to see where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Maori and European settlers, we saw a lovely Maori show here too. That night on board we had the most beautiful crab dinner, just pulled the meat out with a fork yummy. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
We only did duty free shopping here. Walked up to the town centre. Sailing out of the harbour was the best. The harbour was beautiful and all these boats came out to cheer us on.
We only did duty free shopping here. Walked up to the town centre. Sailing out of the harbour was the best. The harbour was beautiful and all these boats came out to cheer us on. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Auckland port was fantastic. It was easy to get to etc. The taxi took us right to where you drop off your luggage then we had to walk 20 feet and we were in line ready to check-in. Not bad.
Auckland port was fantastic. It was easy to get to etc. The taxi took us right to where you drop off your luggage then we had to walk 20 feet and we were in line ready to check-in. Not bad. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
My cruise finished in Auckland. The terminal was excellent. Many officers were on hand to complete bag inspections. My luggage was ready for me. Free trolleys were available to carry suitcases to the nearby taxi rank, bus link to the ... Read More
My cruise finished in Auckland. The terminal was excellent. Many officers were on hand to complete bag inspections. My luggage was ready for me. Free trolleys were available to carry suitcases to the nearby taxi rank, bus link to the airport and the nearby Railway Station. Free maps and guides were handed out by City Ambassadors who welcomed me to Auckland. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We were collected from the ship by another Mount Classic driver who took us on a drive through tour of the city, up to Mt. Eden, on to Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - more penguins - which was very enjoyable and informative. We ... Read More
We were collected from the ship by another Mount Classic driver who took us on a drive through tour of the city, up to Mt. Eden, on to Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - more penguins - which was very enjoyable and informative. We went out to a winery in the Kumeu area for a thoroughly enjoyable lunch on the patio, covered as it was raining a bit. Then on to our hotel - Westin Lighter Quay for a great wind down. Here we went on to visit the city, and had our final dinner at the SkyTower Revolving Restaurant - Orbits - great view, food better than expected. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2009
SHORE TOURS. The tours organised by the Princess Line are very expensive, but worth it as everything is included and the ship will wait for you if you are late. After being on one tour we thought we would find our own way in other ... Read More
SHORE TOURS. The tours organised by the Princess Line are very expensive, but worth it as everything is included and the ship will wait for you if you are late. After being on one tour we thought we would find our own way in other ports.Usually there were private tour guides at the wharf/port waiting for any interested passengers.We said where we were interested in going and bargained for a good price.By doing this we ended up in some quite 'out of the way'places. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We arrived in Auckland 4 days before the cruise and had a lovely time. We stayed at the Westin which was wonderful. Great location, service and rooms. We visited Waheke Island which was gorgeous and is well worth a trip if you have the ... Read More
We arrived in Auckland 4 days before the cruise and had a lovely time. We stayed at the Westin which was wonderful. Great location, service and rooms. We visited Waheke Island which was gorgeous and is well worth a trip if you have the time. Had lunch at Te Whau which was nice but I think perhaps that restaurant is overrated. The Auckland Explorer bus was sort of a disaster. They had a breakdown so we waited over 40 minutes for the bus to start our tour which was irritating when time is precious. You also can't hear the pre-recorded tour commentary. As my husband said, it was bus transportation not a tour. But cheaper than a cab. We went to Auckland Sky tower and had lunch on the observation deck where we observed with great enjoyment those brave souls who did the bungee like jump. Very enjoyable!! A very liveable and fun city!!   Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2009
Since we had missed Christchurch, Des suggested we drive to Rotorua for our day in Auckland. It was a scenic drive with lots of lush green farmland. We stopped for views and also in the town of Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings). Mary from ... Read More
Since we had missed Christchurch, Des suggested we drive to Rotorua for our day in Auckland. It was a scenic drive with lots of lush green farmland. We stopped for views and also in the town of Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings). Mary from Indigenous Trails had made our group delicious muffins. We stopped at a park and ate them along with coffee, tea or juice. In Rotorua, we went to the side of the thermal reserves that the cruise ship passengers do not tour. Des called it the visitor side versus the tourist side! We walked around and had a lovely performance of traditional Maori songs and dances. We then had a great buffet lunch at a local restaurant (very unique foods). After lunch we went to the Glow Worm caves which was another fantastic experience. Before returning to Auckland at the end of the evening, we also had dinner with Des & Mary at another local restaurant. Our NZ experiences were wonderful!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
This was our second favorite port and we again lucked out with great weather and great temperatures. We had booked a private tour with another couple and were whisked away with Kauri Tours for a great daylong adventure to see the ... Read More
This was our second favorite port and we again lucked out with great weather and great temperatures. We had booked a private tour with another couple and were whisked away with Kauri Tours for a great daylong adventure to see the Volcanoes, rain forest the Kauri trees and the black beaches on the other side of the peninsula. This was and awesome tour and I would highly recommend this tour company and he went way out of his way to give us an interesting and enjoyable day. Our last port was Bay of Island and this was a tendered port. I don't especially like tendered ports and on this one we booked with the Princess cruise tour for the Kauri Forest and the Glowworms. They were both very interesting but we felt the bus ride was a little long. In all I would say tht this was one of our best cruises and we would definitely cruise with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
This was the pick of the ports we visited. The ship ties up right in the city and within easy walking distance of the CBD
This was the pick of the ports we visited. The ship ties up right in the city and within easy walking distance of the CBD Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Lovely city and harbour. Ships dock right in the middle of the restaurant action and there is a mall just around the corner with lots of shops, duty free stores. The Maritime museum is right at the wharf.  
Lovely city and harbour. Ships dock right in the middle of the restaurant action and there is a mall just around the corner with lots of shops, duty free stores. The Maritime museum is right at the wharf.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We did a guided Maori walk, driven up the mountain and walked down with guide. Very enjoyable and great knowledge, but the walk down was hard on rough ground. The area round port is interesting to browse around.
We did a guided Maori walk, driven up the mountain and walked down with guide. Very enjoyable and great knowledge, but the walk down was hard on rough ground. The area round port is interesting to browse around. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Flight time home precluded visiting Auckland...cab fare from the pier to AKL was NZD$80 as opposed to USD$54 per person bus if booked through Princess
Flight time home precluded visiting Auckland...cab fare from the pier to AKL was NZD$80 as opposed to USD$54 per person bus if booked through Princess Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Ship dock only a 5-10 min easy walk to town centre Plenty to do here. Once again it is easy to see some of the sights without booking tours from ship. Kelly Tarlton Underwater world entry $33NZ and they have a free shuttle pick up across ... Read More
Ship dock only a 5-10 min easy walk to town centre Plenty to do here. Once again it is easy to see some of the sights without booking tours from ship. Kelly Tarlton Underwater world entry $33NZ and they have a free shuttle pick up across road from Information centre at the dock. Give yourself plenty of time as it can be very busy, especially if it is a weekend or public holiday. Walk up to the Sky tower from port is around 15min for great views if it is a clear day, even though entry was a little expensive to go all the way to top at $28NZ p/p Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
The port of Auckland is very close to the actual city centre and it is not particularly pretty, Auckland was quite nice though. We booked a hop on hop off bus and visited Kelly Tarltons Antarctic world and the sky tower with both being ... Read More
The port of Auckland is very close to the actual city centre and it is not particularly pretty, Auckland was quite nice though. We booked a hop on hop off bus and visited Kelly Tarltons Antarctic world and the sky tower with both being well worth a look Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
Auckland was our port where our wonderful 14 day journey disembarked. We stayed one night at the Quadrant Hotel- comfortable modern room with a good staff. They will hold your luggage for you, which they tag, and then transfer it to your ... Read More
Auckland was our port where our wonderful 14 day journey disembarked. We stayed one night at the Quadrant Hotel- comfortable modern room with a good staff. They will hold your luggage for you, which they tag, and then transfer it to your room. Nake sure you ask for a room with airconditioning, as Auckland can be warm and hummid in the summer ( not as uncomfortable as the southern US, but no the warm dry weather of the Pacific Coast). We took the harbor cruise, though it is not nearly as spectacular as the Sydney Harbor. Thus we would recommend simply purchasing a ferry ticket to Devonport (10 NZD return) and spending 4 hours walking throught the town or and a bus tour of the island. There are good resturants and a two branches of a good chocolate factory. The University district has a nice park and the Auckland museam is a good place to spend some time if it is quite warm outside. The viaduct at the harbor has resturants and many of the yachts which were in the America Cup race. There was a listing to our other ports: Christ Church, Picton, Napier and Taurang. There were free shuttles into town for all these ports. Christ church is a beautiful city- the largest on shouth island and worth a full day visit itself. We visited the cathedral, the Avon river, the Museum , which is in the botanical gardens (an excellent Antarctic exhibit and a good cafe to eat lunch). The botanical gardens where the best we saw on the trip. Picton- rented a car ($65 NZD) from Pegasus rentals and toured the Marlborough Bay wineries in the Blenheim area (30-45 minute drive). Even if you don't drink wine the scenery is worth the visit- reminded us of California, Oregon and Washington wine countries, but much more compact. Napier- took the 3 hour scenic tour by MountClassictours.co.nz (65 NZD). It includes a couple of nice Hawkes bay wineries and a spectacular climb to 1400 feet mountaintop up the Craggy Hills and a stop for fresh fruit and ice cream. Tauranga- took Mount Classic Tour 3 1/2 tour of Tauranga, fruit orchards, the Rev. Brown house, and a Kiwi Plantation. The guide was the best we had. He knew almost everything about NZ culture, geography, political system and geology. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2010
Very hilly built on extinct volcanoes Sky jumped off the Sky tower "the BEST adrenalin rush" plus great views of the city and surrounds Ice bar near the Quay cool, something different
Very hilly built on extinct volcanoes Sky jumped off the Sky tower "the BEST adrenalin rush" plus great views of the city and surrounds Ice bar near the Quay cool, something different Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
docked right in centre of auckland there were kiwis from tourist board to assist with any queries found them helpful took the auckland explorer bus round the city you can get of & on as many times as you like good way to see the city ... Read More
docked right in centre of auckland there were kiwis from tourist board to assist with any queries found them helpful took the auckland explorer bus round the city you can get of & on as many times as you like good way to see the city if you only have a day Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
An interesting city with many interesting buildings. Plenty of places to stay and to eat (try the shopping mall near the ferry dock for cheap and good lunches before boarding). We will try a harbour cruise to nearby islands next time we ... Read More
An interesting city with many interesting buildings. Plenty of places to stay and to eat (try the shopping mall near the ferry dock for cheap and good lunches before boarding). We will try a harbour cruise to nearby islands next time we are here. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We chose to do our own activities here. Took free "Shark" shuttle bus to Kelly Tarltons Aquarium in the morning. This included a penguin enclosure - very good. Thankfully we prepurchased entry tickets at the tourist info office ... Read More
We chose to do our own activities here. Took free "Shark" shuttle bus to Kelly Tarltons Aquarium in the morning. This included a penguin enclosure - very good. Thankfully we prepurchased entry tickets at the tourist info office close to the ships dock otherwise the entry line was huge. We then travelled back again via the free shuttly and were dropped off at the Auckland tower. Went up to the observation decks for a great view then walked back to the ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2011
Quite a few things to do, plenty of choice. Shopping is very expensive, so too the ferry rides but the latter are worth dong
Quite a few things to do, plenty of choice. Shopping is very expensive, so too the ferry rides but the latter are worth dong Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
It was fantastic to be able to walk off the boat and into the city. Reminds one of Sydney. Plenty to see and do in the very short stay. Worth revisiting
It was fantastic to be able to walk off the boat and into the city. Reminds one of Sydney. Plenty to see and do in the very short stay. Worth revisiting Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We used Mount Classic's again but had a few problems. Found out later that they had subcontracted the driver out. He wasn't anything like the day before and we were very frustrated and disappointed. Mount Classics did manage to ... Read More
We used Mount Classic's again but had a few problems. Found out later that they had subcontracted the driver out. He wasn't anything like the day before and we were very frustrated and disappointed. Mount Classics did manage to straighten things out for us, but would double check that they are running the tour and not a sub. Read Less

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