Cruise Ship Shore Excursions

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Visiting Auckland by cruise ship? It’s easy to see the city with Auckland Explorer Bus. Buses leave from our Viaduct Harbour/Princes Wharf stop in downtown Auckland, very close to the arrival point for cruise ships.

There are two cruise ship wharfs in Auckland, Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf (by the Ferry Building on Quay St). Both are a short, easy walk from the bus stop.

From Princes Wharf, after disembarking you’ll exit the terminal and walk down the wharf onto Quay St. Our bus stop is under the big ‘Philips’ sign on the building on the corner. If your ship comes into Queens Wharf, walk off the wharf onto Quay St, turn right and you’ll see the ‘Philips’ sign on the corner about 250m away.

Buses leave approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 4pm (stopping at 5pm). View route information here.

Cruise Ship
Cruise Ship

Buying Tickets

There's no need to book in advance for the Explorer Bus, just join the circuit when you are ready. (More buses are brought onto the circuit as numbers require.

You can buy a ticket voucher online, or you can buy a ticket from the driver if you have cash. If you wish to pay by credit card then tickets can be purchased from the travel desk inside the Ferry Building or the i-SITE Information Centre.

Cruise ship crew with ID can buy an all day bus pass for just NZD$20.
Available from driver only.

Planning your visit

To maximise your time we recommend stopping off and visiting the attractions as you come to them, rather than doing a full circuit on the bus first. Check out our other tips on our FAQs page.

Passes are valid for 24 or 48 hours, so if you wish to return to the ship for lunch you can easily walk back from Stop 1, then join the bus again in the afternoon. (However, as New Zealand has a reputation for excellent food, it would be a shame not to try some local cuisine while you are here!)

Cruise Ship