Visiting Auckland by cruise ship? 

It’s easy to see the city with Auckland Explorer Bus. Buses leave from our Viaduct Harbour 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 the next block south from Quay Street, walk to Customs Street and turn left, the stop is located across the road from the Movenpick Hotel Auckland. If your ship comes into Queens Wharf, walk off the wharf onto Quay St, walk south to the next block over from Quay Street, and turn left. The stop is across the road from the Movenpick Hotel Auckland.

Buses leave approximately every 30 minutes between 9am and 4pm (stopping at 5pm). View route information here.

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Buying an Explorer Bus Ticket


We recommend pre-purchasing your ticket before you arrive to save time. Simply show the ticket to the driver when you board and they will scan the QR code to validate. You can hop-on hop-off as many times with the time period of your pass.

Tickets can be purchased for 24 or 48hrs or travel. 

Our street sellers are also located around the city or you can 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 our street sellers only.


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.

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!)

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