About Us


In 1987, Mark Gibson and his father Douglas gutted and totally rebuilt an old double decker bus and the 'Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer Bus' was born. In its early days this single bus linked only a few attractions, such as Kelly Tarlton's and the Auckland Museum, Parnell Village and Microworld (no longer operating).

Over the years the company has grown to be one of Auckland's leading sightseeing operations, linking all Auckland's top attractions with an easy hop on hop off system so visitors can enjoy them at their own pace.

Our Buses

Thirty years later, our bright yellow Auckland Explorer Buses have become an icon of Auckland in their own right. The fleet has expanded considerably over time and now includes seven brand new glass roof double deckers, allowing visitors to explore Auckland in comfort no matter the weather.

Our buses are also equipped with free onboard wifi and multilingual commentary, including a kids' channel.

Our Mission

Our years of experience mean ensuring our customers have an enjoyable, informative and reliable scheduled service is paramount. We pride ourselves on our professional, friendly, value for money service.

We'd love to hear how you enjoyed your Auckland Explorer Bus tour! Email us at info@explorerbus.co.nz, or post your review on Facebook or TripAdvisor.

  • Suresh SFremont, California

    Very cheap and convenient way to see Auckland attractions with added commentary. We had just one day to visit Auckland, so we took this bus tour. We were able to get off and see the 'Trinity church', 'Winter gardens'. You may need 2 days if you want visit other attractions especially 'Auckland Museum' and 'Mt Eden'

  • 64beliasMelbourne, Australia

    The Hop On Hop Off Bus is a must do for tourists visiting Auckland. It’s a great way to go to different places at a reasonable price… Hop Off or stay on the bus, it doesn’t matter. We had a great time and also took some great photos

  • Deb9254Winchester, VA

    We always ride the hop on hop off buses at each city we visit. It’s the best way to get the lay of the land and learn interesting facts about the city. Highly recommended.