Meet your guide and small group of no more than 8 people at a centrally located meeting point, within walking distance of Auckland Cruise Port, then soak up the scenery as you cross over the Harbour Bridge and drive out to Devonport.
The first stop of the afternoon is at Lake Pupuke, where you’ll have time to take photos of the glittering crater lake, and learn more about its mysterious Maori legends. Continue to O'Neill's Bay to admire the dramatic coastal scenery and ancient forests, sculpted by lava flow from Lake Pupuke. Keep your camera close to hand as you embark on a short walk through the forest, then set out on a 15-minute hike along Takapuna Beach (optional).
Next, marvel at the mighty North Head volcano, before venturing underground to explore the network of manmade tunnels and gun emplacements that run beneath the mountain. Learn how the tunnels were built in the 19th century and later used during WWI and WWII, as you set out on a 30-minute hike. End your explorations on the mountaintop, where the views span Devonport, Auckland Harbour, and Rangitoto Island.
There’s just time to for one more stop – to take in the views of Auckland City from Mt Victoria volcano, before heading back to the city.