Sail Date: March 2013
Forest Express Gannet Colony. Best bus driver, ran the show kept us informed on track, flexible and did the cruise a favor by ending on a high note. Am so mad I cannot remember this mature, blond, tall New Zealander with a wonderful ... Read More
Forest Express Gannet Colony. Best bus driver, ran the show kept us informed on track, flexible and did the cruise a favor by ending on a high note. Am so mad I cannot remember this mature, blond, tall New Zealander with a wonderful attitude and smile (Bus 1). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
This made for a very long day but unavoidable. We were up at 6:00am to disembark at 7:30am and begin our tour. We drove to the Botanical Garden, arrived at 8:30am, only to learn it didn't open til 9! Missed seeing it. Drove to the ... Read More
This made for a very long day but unavoidable. We were up at 6:00am to disembark at 7:30am and begin our tour. We drove to the Botanical Garden, arrived at 8:30am, only to learn it didn't open til 9! Missed seeing it. Drove to the harbor for our sailboat tour- was told we were late so our sail was quite short, about 20 minutes. The guide at the Maritime Museum droned on and on and lost most of his guests. Loved the aquarium! Need a good guide book to sell here! Drop off at airport around 1pm. Flights to San Francisco/ Los Angeles don't leave until 7-7:30pm (or that's when they're supposed to go, both were very late boarding on Jan. 28). We were in check-in line for Air New Zealand for 2 1/2 hours due to the huge number of travelers (over 500). Whoever created this flight schedule for the LA and SFO flights should be canned. Of course we missed seeing the Duty Free shops as we ran for the gate. Then we didn't begin boarding on Air New Zealand #8 until 7:30pm- when we were supposed to leave. Then sat on the plane for another hour while the Sky Chef crew brought the food on board. Amazing... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
In Hobart we hired a car which was fantastic, went down to the Hastings cave, had morning tea in Franklin and had awesome home made scones and home made jam.
In Hobart we hired a car which was fantastic, went down to the Hastings cave, had morning tea in Franklin and had awesome home made scones and home made jam. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Auckland is known as the City of Sails and is very much a modern city but nothing to make it different or outstanding from say Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Did not take any excursions as we were meeting a friend there. However, the ... Read More
Auckland is known as the City of Sails and is very much a modern city but nothing to make it different or outstanding from say Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Did not take any excursions as we were meeting a friend there. However, the waterfront and the city itself has been modernised from when I visited many years ago. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Its not good landing in a port on a public holiday. Although the same size as Adelaide the only thing we could do was eat at a nice restauarant, and only a few excursions were running, but not enough to support the influx of 3,000 people ... Read More
Its not good landing in a port on a public holiday. Although the same size as Adelaide the only thing we could do was eat at a nice restauarant, and only a few excursions were running, but not enough to support the influx of 3,000 people flooding in and looking for something to do. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
After spending 4 days at sea we only docked for an hour so all excursions were cancelled but the night light of Auckland were beautiful.
After spending 4 days at sea we only docked for an hour so all excursions were cancelled but the night light of Auckland were beautiful. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
What a poor port - tenders instead of the Queens Wharf. Dumped some 1km from the Queen St / Britomart area. No public transport in that area (and Auckland public transport is damned expensive - $10 for a rechargeable card (no refunds) - ... Read More
What a poor port - tenders instead of the Queens Wharf. Dumped some 1km from the Queen St / Britomart area. No public transport in that area (and Auckland public transport is damned expensive - $10 for a rechargeable card (no refunds) - and $18 for an all day pass. Auckland Council don't really care for this ship. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Took the HOHO and found it to be a small not air conditioned van from which viewing was very limited. It was a significant walk from the ship to the departure point, though on the return, it did stop closer to the ship. Because the ship ... Read More
Took the HOHO and found it to be a small not air conditioned van from which viewing was very limited. It was a significant walk from the ship to the departure point, though on the return, it did stop closer to the ship. Because the ship got in at noon and the HOHO ends quite early, around 4:00, little or no chance to get off the bus. We did take both routes and again because of the type of vehicle, it was very difficult to see the sites. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Ugliest city I have ever seen! We took the bus to a historical museum (Howic Historical Village) we found on the internet. It was hard to find the right bus and even harder to ask things to the driver who didn't speak English. The ... Read More
Ugliest city I have ever seen! We took the bus to a historical museum (Howic Historical Village) we found on the internet. It was hard to find the right bus and even harder to ask things to the driver who didn't speak English. The streets of Auckland were dirty and the city lacked every cosyness. The museum was really nice. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Typical of any city. It was an afternoon and evening port of call so did some sightseeing and returned back to ship.
Typical of any city. It was an afternoon and evening port of call so did some sightseeing and returned back to ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
got off plane and boarded shuttle bus to port queen street looking very shabby no time for excursions but changed radically since lived there overcrowded and very poor transport logistics
got off plane and boarded shuttle bus to port queen street looking very shabby no time for excursions but changed radically since lived there overcrowded and very poor transport logistics Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Overpriced and dull city. We took a HOHO bus and their highlights did not tempt any stops.
Overpriced and dull city. We took a HOHO bus and their highlights did not tempt any stops. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I really didn't like this port of call at all. The city was very dirty and if you wanted shopping there wasn't much to be had. The harbour area as you come into port is the nicest place with some nice restaurants etc.
I really didn't like this port of call at all. The city was very dirty and if you wanted shopping there wasn't much to be had. The harbour area as you come into port is the nicest place with some nice restaurants etc. Read Less

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