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Hidden Culture of Central Auckland

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 86 reviews.Auckland, New Zealand

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Experience hosted by Diane

3 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our walk takes us through the inner city, learning about Auckland’s history from early Māori habitation through to modern new developments. We are known as the city of sails but what is even more unique is that we are a city of extinct volcanoes. We are situated on the beautiful Waitematā harbour and we learn some Maritime history. We walk past the Art Gallery and into Albert Park and the Auckland University seeing a Māori Marae and Fale Pasifika before returning to our meeting point via the Town Hall, Aotea Square and side streets, pointing out places of significance along the way. Auckland is undergoing a great re-vitalisation so there has never been a better time to explore our great inner city.
All this walking will make us hungry and thirsty so we will visit an opulent art deco cafe hidden away from the crowds of Queen Street where we have a reservation for complimentary tea/coffee and lovely fresh snacks to finish our morning.
Travelling solo? I am happy to walk with just one person and this allows our tour to be more flexible.
Our walk takes us through the inner city, learning about Auckland’s history from early Māori habitation through to modern new developments. We are known as the city of sails but what is even more unique is that we are a city of extinct volcanoes. We are situated on the beautiful Waitematā harbour and we learn some Maritime history. We walk past the Art Gallery and into Albert Park and the Auckland University seeing a Māori Marae and Fale Pasif…

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What's included

  • Food
    Fresh food for morning tea e.g. scones with cream/butter and jam, and/or da...
  • Drinks
    Select from barista coffee, a wide selection of teas, juice or soft drink p...
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Sat, Oct 31
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$38 per person
$38 per person
Sun, Nov 1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$38 per person
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Sun, Nov 8
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$38 per person
$38 per person

Meet your host, Diane

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I am a qualified librarian and places I have worked include ten years at the Auckland Museum Library where I learnt a lot about the history and culture of Auckland. I have researched extra information and stories for our walk. A born and bred New Zealander, I enjoy living in Auckland, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with 39 percent of the 1.5 million population born overseas.
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Where you'll be

Our walk includes the recently upgraded Takutai square which has a market on Saturdays promoting New Zealand foods. We bisect the central city through recently created laneways. We will see historic and newly built buildings. We visit Albert Park, an oasis in the city, and view Old Government house, Waipapa Marae and the Fale Pasifika within the Auckland University grounds. We then head to Queen street via Aotea Square and side streets.

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 86 reviews.

‮Philihp‭
March 2020
Really great walking tour around the cultural heart of Auckland. Diane had incredible depth of knowledge about the history of the city, so much that if we ask her anything she could go on for days talking about it. Walking around with her was like walking around with our own personal Wikipedia of knowledge.
Really great walking tour around the cultural heart of Auckland. Diane had incredible depth of knowledge about the history of the city, so much that if we ask her anything she coul…
Wen Hsin
March 2020
It's a very good tour for anyone who love to know about the history of Auckland :) and ended with a nice tea with good conversations.
Lanette
March 2020
Diane led us on a very nice informative tour of Central Auckland that was a great way to see and understand the reconstruction of her city. She was adaptable to our changes, and the final stop at Cooke's Restaurant was indeed a delightful treat!
Diane led us on a very nice informative tour of Central Auckland that was a great way to see and understand the reconstruction of her city. She was adaptable to our changes, and th…
Helen
February 2020
She showed us some parts of the city that I wouldn‘t have found on my own. She was flexible and altered the route to minimize walking but still see the ciry.
Terry
February 2020
Our group really enjoyed thus tour, learning key historical facts and interesting architectural points. We loved the tea following our tour and the chance to ask questions about New Zealand and Auckland in a quieter setting. Very enjoyable!
Amy
January 2020
Diane was very knowledgeable and great at structuring our tour. She made our first days for or first visit to NZ memorable. Highly recommend! You get snacks too!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

More tips

This tour is only available on Saturdays and Sundays (and holiday periods).

What to bring

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