Hop-on and hop-off at any of our dedicated Auckland Explorer Bus stops along the tour route, using your 24 or 48-hour pass. 

Your ticket will include a unique QR code that you can present to the Explorer Bus ambassadors at Stops 1 and 2 to redeem your bus pass. Keep it in a safe place and show it to the driver each time you hop back on the bus.

Pre-purchase your tickets online using the button below and your tickets and QR code will be emailed to you.

Ticket availability is restricted per day.  To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking online prior to departure.

Please note, from Monday 26th February 2024, Auckland Explorer Bus will be contactless. Our street sales ambassadors will no longer be accepting cash payments, instead will be offering payment through most major EFTPOS and Credit Card providers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

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Our hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour includes two routes – the Red Inner Tour and the Blue Outer Tour. The Red Inner Tour route starts and finishes at our main Downtown Auckland stop, which connects with the Blue Outer Tour at the Auckland Museum.

The Red Inner Tour covers downtown and central Auckland plus eastern Auckland highlights, including the Sky Tower, Auckland Art Gallery, Newmarket, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium.

The Blue Outer Tour covers central and western Auckland, with highlights including Mt Eden / Maungawhau, Auckland Zoo and MOTAT. The Blue Outer Tour is only available over the Summer period each year (November – April).

Along the route, you will learn about the history of this diverse modern city and what makes Auckland one of the world’s most desirable places to live. Our entertaining commentary is provided in English. 

The Red Inner Tour takes approximately 70 minutes to complete a full, non-stop loop and the Blue Outer Tour takes approximately 50 minutes to complete a full, non-stop loop.


Our tour departs regularly throughout the day, every 30 minutes from all stops*.

Red Inner Tour Timetable:

  • First bus departs at 9 am from Downtown Auckland stop (Stop 1)
  • Last bus departs at 4 pm from the Downtown Auckland stop (Stop 1)
  • Last tour terminates at 5 pm at the Downtown Auckland stop (Stop 1)

Blue Outer Tour Timetable:

  • First bus departs at 9.30 am from Auckland Museum stop (Stop 5)
  • Last bus departs at 3.30 pm from Auckland Museum stop (Stop 5)
  • Last tour terminates at 4.20 pm at Auckland Museum stop (Stop 5)

Are you staying in the CBD? The first bus from Stop 2 departs at 9.05 am, and the first bus from Stop 3 departs at 9.10 am.

*timings may vary due to traffic conditions