FULL DAY Auckland Custom Tour
Auckland is a modern cosmopolitan city with a population of 1.4 million people — roughly one third of New Zealand’s entire population reside in Auckland.
In Auckland we are blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and we love showing it to you on our Auckland Private Luxury Tours. We specialise in showing you secret places away from the crowds, many of which are not accessible to tour buses. Experience some unforgettable and truly stunning scenery in style on our Auckland Private Tours. We work with many discerning guests from around the world, including as a Shore Excursion for Cruise Ship passengers and many international luxury tour operators who love our great service, discretion and putting our guests at the centre of everything we do on our Private Tours in Auckland. See the very best in style in our beautiful region on our Private Auckland Tours.
FULL DAY Auckland Custom Tour: Auckland is a city of volcanoes, with the ridges of lava flows forming its main thoroughfares and its many cones providing islands of green within the sea of suburbs. As well as being by far the largest, it’s also the most multicultural of New Zealand’s cities. A sizable Asian community rubs shoulders with the biggest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
The traditional Kiwi aspiration for a freestanding house on a quarter-acre section has resulted in a vast, sprawling city. The CBD was long ago abandoned to commerce, and inner-city apartment living has only recently caught on. While geography has been kind, city planning has been less so. Unbridled and ill-conceived development has left the centre of the city with plenty of architectural embarrassments. To get under Auckland’s skin you’re best to head to the streets of Victorian and Edwardian villas in its hip inner-city suburbs.
The city and suburbs have developed within the same time frame and similar urban patterns as California (Los Angeles and Auckland have shared urban planning designs and are sister cities). Today the city and suburbs sprawl over a large urban area, hemmed to the east and west by two large harbours (Waitemata and Manukau) and ocean (Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea) beyond.
Many suburbs were once separate towns and offer examples of early European settlement (Devonport, Mission Bay, Parnell Village, Ponsonby and Howick are historic suburban centres that remain well preserved and contain good examples of Victorian, Edwardian, Deco and Bungalow residential styles).
Because of its large geographic sprawl (and urban design focus on motorway systems) public transport can be frustrating and is not cheap by international comparisons.