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About Us

With excellence as a standard and enjoyment as a prerequisite we will show that there is more than meets the eye when engaging with New Zealand, New Zealand history, and New Zealand nightlife.

We look to support local business, bars, craft breweries, and vineyards, the smaller the better. By supporting local we support local communities, small business, and New Zealand. This is about providing a more authentic and higher quality experience for our guests, as well as doing our part to build and improve local communities.

We support businesses that support historic buildings in Auckland city, by supporting these businesses we help to retain these buildings, we help to keep them alive and we help to keep them as part of Auckland. On the Tour we only visit bars that are in historic buildings. Auckland Historic Bar Tour is looking to grow to the point that we can support projects that repair, restore, and further promote our historic buildings.

We aim to be a registered carbon neutral business. Auckland Historic Bar Tour aims to rethink the way that traditional tours work, our stance is that simplicity is key. If we can rethink the way that we approach nightlife activities and the way we do things we can have a positive impact.
We want to show that traveling by foot and public transport is absolutely a viable option in Auckland City, and we can encourage our guests to get out and explore the city sustainably. We look to add value and within that value to teach not only about New Zealand and culture but also ways that our guests can interact and engage with our country in the most positive ways. The hope is that Auckland Historic Bar Tour is a fun introduction to the way that guests will experience the country. As a business we involve ourselves in environmental projects, if you are organizing or running a project get in contact and we will talk about how we can help.

The Treaty of Waitangi is one principle that provides a foundation for decision making for Auckland Historic Bar Tour, Auckland Historic Bar Tour looks to Te Tiriti to make sure that decisions that are made are made in line with Te Tiriti.
The Treaty of Waitangi principle calls for a delivery that:
- acknowledges Tangata Whenua
- acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi principles
- acknowledges our nation’s bicultural foundations
- enables guests to acquire an introduction to Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.

  • star rating  An amazing night, a definite must do not just for tourists but Aucklanders as well! Darcy is incredibly knowledgeable and knows all the best spots. I’m now looking at Auckland… read more

    Hayley McGregor
    01/01/2022
  • star rating  One of the best and most funniest nights our group had in a long time 🤣 if you enjoy a pub hopping tour with the chance to taste different types… read more

    Pippa Q
    01/05/2021
  • star rating  We did this during the holidays with our work team and it was fabulous! We did not just taste some of the best beer out there but our guide was… read more

    giapo
    19/01/2020
  • star rating  Darcy is awesome, so informative and an amazing tour, highly recommended
    We had thee best work staff doo. Totally would do this again!

    KIWISPAN29
    11/12/2020
  • star rating  Great Saturday night activity!! I discovered a couple of cool bars where I will for sure return, tasty beers, and some amazing stories about New Zealand history. *Spoiler alert*… read more

    Andreea B
    01/01/2021
Start Time End Time Spots Available Restrictions Tour Day Meeting Point
6:30pm
Approx 9:30pm
15
R18
Saturday
Brew on Quay

About the Tour

Based in the heart of Auckland city, operating rain or shine and with both public tour or private group options available. Our welcoming and professional guides provide the perfect Auckland experience for local groups and couples, corporate functions, or as a fun and comfortable way for visitors to explore the city.

You will experience some stories about New Zealand history and culture, 5 historic Auckland bars, New Zealand monuments, 5 different New Zealand craft beers or wines, and places that tie the story of New Zealand’s history together. Learn about the ‘hell hole’ of the pacific, pirates, prostitutes, paupers, how women getting the right to vote almost lead to the end of beer in New Zealand, arguably where the term ‘Happy hour’ comes from, and why New Zealanders are called Kiwi’s.

Things to Note

  • Please eat before you come.
  • Start Time: 6:30pm . Return Approx 9:30pm
  • All are welcome but be aware that places are limited so you need to reserve your place.
  • Traveling between bars and stops is on foot so being comfortable is important.
  •  If you have already booked and need the address of where we start it’s  ‘Brew On Quay’ in Britomart. 102 Quay St, Auckland CBD.
  • Tour every Saturday but private bookings are available.
  • Remember that bars reserve the right not to serve customers who are intoxicated or underage, please be sure not to get too drunk.
  • R18 – ID Required.

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Frequently
asked questions

The tour starts at 6:30pm and goes on til 9:30pm and after that you’re free to continue on well into the night with your new found friends.

We talk predominantly about the history of alcohol in New Zealand, the first beer was brewed on March 27th 1773, we also talk about Auckland City and how it has grown and changed. New Zealand is a big country of drinkers and that has meant that there was a drink at almost all of our key moments in history. The fun thing about New Zealand is we can remember them… kind of.

If you are a group of 7 or more people and you would like to do a private Auckland tour we can organise that for you we can even be flexible about the time of day depending on what you are looking for and if there is a special occasion with enough warning we can even work on different content and stories for the tour. Just send a message and inquire and we can go from there.

For private tours it depends entirely on you. For our regular tours…Tours range in size but we wouldn’t have a tour bigger than 15 people. We are a small business and things week to week are never the same. Doing a tour with us means you are supporting an independent tour company, you are supporting local bars, and you are supporting local beers. The bonus for you is that his is an authentic tour.

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