Half-Day Volcano Tour from Auckland

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Half-Day Volcano Tour from Auckland
from AUD $107.70
Auckland is known as the City of Sails, but some think it should be called the City of Volcanoes! Gain insight into Auckland's unique volcanic geology and explore its rich Maori history on this half-day tour from Auckland. Explore the summits and craters of Auckland's youngest volcanoes, Mt. Wellington, Mangere Mountain, One Tree Hill, and Mt Eden, with a guide. Along the way, keep watch for native New Zealand wildlife and admire panoramic views over the city. This tour includes pickup and drop-off at the cruise port near Queens Wharf, Auckland. Please note, volcanoes visited are inactive.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
5 hours
Monday - Saturday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Achilles Point, Cliff Road St Heliers Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 2004 New Zealand

Views of the volcanic islands of the Hauraki Gulf, including Rangitoto and Motukorea. Learn about the arrival of the early Maori settlers to New Zealand. Views of the city.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mt. Wellington, Maungarei Memorial Drive, Mount Wellington, Auckland New Zealand

Walk to the crater near the peak of Mt Wellington, a 10,000 year old volcano. Learn about the Maori settlements on the volcanoes, and an introduction to the Auckland Volcanic Field. Option to enter the steep-sided crater.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mangere Mountain, 17 Domain Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

Walk around the craters of Mangere Mountain. Learn more about the large Maori settlement on the volcano. See views of the Manukau Harbour, and a few more volcanic features.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), 670 Manukau Road Epsom, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023 New Zealand

Enjoy views of One Tree Hill as you are given a summary of New Zealand history, focusing on the early interaction between the British and Maori. Then drive around Cornwall Park, seeing some more volcanic craters and some sheep.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mount Eden, Mount Eden, North Island

Walk around the crater of Mt Eden. Enjoy the magnificent views of the city and the surrounding volcanoes from the summit.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Hiking tour
  • Transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Achilles Point
  • Entry/Admission - Mt. Wellington
  • Entry/Admission - Mangere Mountain
  • Entry/Admission - One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)


  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

148 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Note that you will be walking on steep and loose tracks, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please bring sunscreen, walking shoes or boots, a camera, any personal medication you may require, and wet weather gear in case the weather turns bad.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Fabulous! My husband and I had Mike the tour guide all to ourselves. We learned so much about the history of Auckland and how the volcanoes shaped the earth and also the people. It was so much fun and more informative than just about any other tour I’ve taken.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Great half day tour of 4 iconic Auckland volcanoes! Mike is an excellent guide super knowledgeable on volcanoes and local history. Mike also was great help taking photos in the spots that would get the best views. Worth each hike up the volcanoes to see some pretty epic views of Auckland and surrounding islands.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2019
Mike was a great guide for this trip. He shared lots of good information about the volcanoes and their history related to New Zealand. Had some great views of the city of Auckland. Mike even dropped us off at a different location at the end of the tiro Excllelent!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
A very cost effective way to see several of Auckland's volcanoes in a day. For less than the cost of taxi rides or renting a car and self driving, I got a knowledgeable guide in Mike and hassle-free transport. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Excellent excursion! This is a great way to get to know Auckland - Mike is very knowledgeable, offering great insight into the geology and development of Auckland as we see it today. He offers a very conversational tour, very easy going guy. Be prepared to do some walking it's worth it! Mike offered to take pictures for us at optimal locations too. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2018
Absolutely fantastic tour and great way to introduce yourself to Auckland and it’s geological and cultural history. Tours are small groups and our guide Mike was very friend and knowledgeable. He takes time get to know everyone on the tour and paces the tour very well. Very fun!
• Submitted 01 Apr 2018
Very informative. Good, pleasant tour.
• Submitted 24 Mar 2018
Personable,knowledgeable and thoughtful leader/teacher. Most reasonable and cost effective trip in Auckland.
• Submitted 24 Mar 2018
This was a very well thought out tour, that focused on volcanoes in a locale where much of the city was built on volcanoes. As a result, the tour took you to much of the city. Highly recommended, with a lot of different stuff like a beach walk on the afternoon tour. Do both.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
This tour gives you a very good understanding of the physical development and history of Auckland. We never really understood the significance of the volcanoes and how they developed and their importance in the historical development of the Maori and British settlement. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 23 Feb 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
It was a nice experience, different from usual city sightseeing. It was amazing to be able to walk into the volcano craters in the middle of a busy, big city.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2018
I enjoyed this tour a lot, it was a great way of seeing the area around Auckland. Absolutely recommended!
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
I had a private tour since no one else signed up that day. I learned an incredible amount about volcanoes and saw incredible scenery. It was a good length for a tour and I highly recommend it, especially since it is so different from the other ones.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
Mike is a friendly knowledgeable guide. The tour includes some hiking up, down and around numerous dormant volcanos. Mike makes a genuine effort to get to know his guests and his guests to know him. His van limits the size of the group to a very comfortable number. We would recommend this tour to others. A good way to see the Auckland area before or after a cruise.
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017
Mike was amazing... informative, fun and passionate. The views were incredible. The uphill climbs were a bit challenging - but nothing this old and out of shape body couldn't handle. Mike made sure we got photos at every opportunity. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Auckland... WELL worth it!
• Submitted 22 Sep 2017
This was a half day tour that I was able to book on short notice. It was a wonderful introduction to Auckland, its geology and the early settlers.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2017
A lovely way to spend a half day in Auckland and get to know Auckland beyond the city center. Mike, our tour guide, was friendly, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. You will learn an amazing amount about geology, natural history, the Maori people, and the colonial period in New Zealand. The views were breathtaking, and the hiking is not overly strenuous. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2017
So glad my friend and I went on this tour. Mike was a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable volcano guide, sharing his wisdom about their history and some general knowledge about the Maori people. Every volcano seemed so special to him and that admiration and respect imparted itself to us. The Auckland vistas were breathtaking and Mike also took a few photos of us, demonstrating his familiarity with cameras, be they SLRs or cellphone. The shots he took were nicely composed and in the most opportune spots. One quirky thing happened on Mangere Mountain the cows became very active and vocal and all hurriedly assembled in one area. We weren't quite sure what this unusual occurrence was about, but it was fascinating to watch. This tour is well worth five hours of your time to learn about volcanos, soak up the vistas, and get some splendid photographic mementos.
• Submitted 07 May 2017
Fantastic opportunity to learn about the volcanoes of Auckland and see amazing views of the city, islands and mountain ranges. Mike our guide is very well informed on the subject and the history of Auckland, including really interesting information on the Maori and British settlements around the area.... the tour is very well paced and makes for a great day outdoors to see and learn more about Auckland, it's volcanoes and history.. not to be missed.
• Submitted 25 Apr 2017
For those who enjoy taking the path less travelled this unique insight into the volcanoes and history of Auckland is a 'must do'. Mike is a great guide whose interest in his subject, in Auckland and in life in general comes sparkling through. If you enjoy high places and photo opportunities all the better.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2017
We had a fantastic day hiking to the volcanoes. We would recommend this to all ... if they are able to walk.
• Submitted 17 Mar 2017
Super excursion on voit Auckland différemment, il y a un peu de marche mais c'est bon pour le corps et le moral.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2017
we were not quite sure what to expect at first.. but by the end of the tour,, we can only be so happy we have booked it! we believe what made it so interesting is that our Guide, Mike , had so much knowledge of each volcano and the Maori history.. each part of town we visited was always completed with a full interesting description of its history. If you have half day to spare in Auckland... book this trip and ask for Mike as your guide.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2017

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
5 hours
Monday - Saturday

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