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Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
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Auckland Lanes and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Discover Auckland's downtown lanes and uptown vibes on this small-group walking tour. Your top-rated local guide will reveal the city's legends both Māori and European, must-see sights and popular eateries. All with a cheeky sense of Kiwi fun. You'll enjoy a refreshment break at a classy heritage hotel before taking a short ride uptown on the locals' bus. Here you'll explore a vibrant artistic neighbourhood and a grand old arcade before wandering through a serene park back to town. Experience the wonders of Auckland in a morning! 

The minimum booking is 2 people. This tour is limited to 8 people guaranteeing a more personal Kiwi encounter. 

What to Expect

Expect a local greeting in Maori from your top local guide, a friendly Aucklander. Your 2.5 hour morning tour sets off from downtown’s historic Queen Street.  Along with your small group, you’ll leave the bustle behind and wander into laneways bursting with local art, boutiques and cafes.     

A stroll through an outdoor plaza reveals a shopping oasis of Kiwi high fashion. A narrow alley where the sailors and traders once came ashore brims with shady stories. As you walk you'll hear the Māori and colonial history of Auckland and discover its volcanic beginnings. You'll pause for a refreshment break at a heritage art-deco hotel in a light-filled courtyard.

Emerging from the old town you'll wander by the gateway of a past Maori fortress into a serene city park. With views of Sky tower, you’ll learn about the World War Two secrets right under your feet.  Pause and admire the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery, before hopping on the locals’ bus with your guide. For a short ride uptown to a vibrant artistic neighbourhood and one of the city's last grand arcades.

A stroll through a valley bursting with birdsong is an unexpected delight in the heart of the city. Walking through the theatre district you may discover an actor rehearsing their lines outdoors. Every day in Auckland is a theatre of the street.

Your tour ends on upper Queen Street next to the Auckland Town Hall. Here your guide will bid you farewell or “Haere Ra” and offer advice on what to do next. 

Tour Highlights/Inclusions

  • Walk with a fun Kiwi guide
  • Personal small group encounter
  • Stylish back laneways
  • Auckland's old town and history –  Māori and colonial
  • Discover Albert Park, Auckland Art gallery and Town Hall
  • Suffragette Square
  • Refreshments - barista coffee, tea or cold drink
  • A bus ride to an uptown neighbourhood 
  • Auckland’s theatre district
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Reviewed 1 week ago
great tour

Liz is a wonderful guide. We had a great time. It is worth introducing friends to attend. Hope she makes more tours about Auckland.

Thank Sandy F
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for booking a tour Minyi, it was lovely showing you and your sister around. Hope she enjoys her visit! Hop on our yummy food tour one day with a friend as we'll have fun munching our way downtown. Take care. L x

Reviewed 1 week ago
We saw more of Auckland downtown than we knew existed!

Liz is such a delight. She took us under her wing and our tour felt completely customized (maybe it was, I'm not sure)! It was my second time visiting Auckland and I had no idea that there were so many charming little alleys and historic...More

Thank Magan A
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well thanks M for your lovely review, it was fun showing such friendly New Orleanites (?) around. We love going off-route depending on folks interests and can certainly drum up a cocktail or three next time you're in town. Especially if your boss is paying...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perfect tour for visitors & locals

The Aucky Walky tour with Liz was a great experience. Being a kiwi myself but only just moving to Auckland, this tour offered me a newfound knowledge about Auckland's history and the many hidden cafes/restaurants that I am excited to try!! Liz had a great...More

Thank Madi L
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for hopping on our Hello Auckland walking tour, especially in winter. It's a great orientation for New Zealanders new to the city so glad you found the tour helpful. All the best settling in - you've certainly landed on your feet with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gems

I was the one who arrived late for my date with Liz but no worries for her she told me to walk to the next block and hey presto she came and met me and scooped me up into the group with no drama. We...More

Thank SegwayDevonport
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Better late than never - at least you now know there are 2 McDonald branches on Queen Street! So great to have a fellow Aucklander join us with a shared passion for the city and its visitors. Hope you enjoyed the lunch option at that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fantastic Experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Aucky Walky Tours. Liz was warm and welcoming and showcased some hidden gems of the city. I particularly loved the Maori Culture element to the tour.More

Thank Liz G
liz l, Owner at Aucky Walky Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What lovely feedback - thank you! We are lifelong students in our understanding of Maoridom, the language and legends of New Zealand's first people. We endeavour to respectfully share the culture and promote authentic Maori experiences to visitors and hope our aroha shines through. Kia...More

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