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Hi.  I have booked a cruise Auckland to Sydney, March 2022.  I don't think cruise lines will be up and running in 2021 unfortunately.  I will be flying into Auckland several days pre cruise.  I am planning on renting a car and would love some suggestions for day trips.  Thank you!


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There is a hop-on hop-off bus that goes to lots of the areas in Auckland.  I love the domain and the wintergarden.  The wintergarden is free https://www.gardens.org.nz/auckland-gardens/auckland-domain-wintergardens/ and there is a good museum nearby https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/  both accessible from the bus.


Also cruise ships usually dock near the ferry terminal which can take you to Devenport http://www.visitdevonport.co.nz/this-is-all-about-devonport and Waiheke Island https://www.newzealand.com/int/waiheke-island/ which also has a hop-on hop-off bus.  I have used https://www.fullers.co.nz/ quite a few times.  They also do very reasonable harbour cruises.


Personally I would not bother about hiring a car unless you want to go further afield for example to visit Hobbiton (especially since you will be driving on the opposite side of the road 🙂


I am not a kiwi.  I am an Aussie that has visited a number of times so may be corrected by the kiwis 🙃

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Hire a car!!!   Rotorua; Hobbiton (Matamata); Waitomo; Bay of Islands etc etc.   If I can drive in Canada (and I do) you can drive in NZ!!!   (Not the day of your arrival though; have a good night's rest first)


Better don't use Auckland as a base, travel round and stay in a hotel or motel.

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