Auckland, a symphony of sights and style.

Private, unforgettable, bespoke Auckland tours and experiences with a local guide expert in Auckland’s sights and lifestyle.

Seen Auckland

Private Tours

Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island
Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island

Tailor-made urban and country tours, often along unexpected routes, guarantee unique and exclusive experiences.

"A culinary and fashion walk through vibrant Ponsonby, back-street dealer galleries, spectacular rain forest and beaches, glorious world-class Waiheke wineries, historic chic Britomart, rich Maori heritage,
anything is possible."

Bill Hird, founder of

Elliot Stables, Auckland City
Elliot Stables, Auckland City

Kia Ora, Welcome! I am a 5th generation kiwi, a NZ wine judge and foodie who wants to share my passion for Auckland; its sights, history, culture and lifestyle.

Get an Aucklander's inside view of the special places, sights and style; all that makes Auckland the vibrant city that it is.

We are a very small tour company of passionate Auckland experts who will create and host your private Auckland tour. Often visits to Auckland city are short, and therefore should be sweet!

No matter what your length of time in the city, our mission is to make your visit to Auckland unforgettable with genuine warm service. We are purveyors of happiness - it's a two way street.

Bill Hird
Founder and Chief Guide

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Auckland, 'The City of Sails', is New Zealand's biggest and most vibrant city. Beautiful parks and beaches, grand historic buildings and inspiring contemporary architecture, superb food and wine, world-class fashion and art, and rich Maori and Polynesian culture. Auckland has it all.

My desire is to bring the real Auckland to our guests at SEEN AUCKLAND. As a traveller myself, my favourite experiences are always the ones where I feel like a local, meet local people and experience the way they live by doing the things they do - the things you are unlikely to find in a guidebook.

We know the places we visit and the people behind them and want to share their stories. I feel very passionate about being able to provide travellers to Auckland with those exclusive experiences.

I've lived in Auckland most of my life. My earliest memories of the city are as child from the country. I was bewitched with the neon lights, the eccentricity and excitement of a big city; its sights, sounds and smells, its people making it happen. I still am. But now I am the person enjoying a good early morning coffee, checking out the latest vibrant café, spying new season fashions, or taking a hike along a deserted black-sand beach.

SEEN AUCKLAND is my opportunity to share these things I love most about this city and beyond so that visitors experience Auckland I like do. I have fun every day. Our guests have fun. What more could anyone want.

I love meeting guests from all over the world and look forward to meeting you.

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Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

Lets Plan Your Private Tour

Get an Aucklander's inside view of the special places, sights and style; all that makes Auckland the vibrant city that it is. Anything is possible – contact us.

  1. Get in touch with our tour request form below, or call us directly. Tell us your specific needs and interests, or if you'd like to leave it completely to us to plan your private tour.

  2. Expect a quick response with a quotation and a tailored itinerary so that you maximise your time, and that we build you the perfect one-of-a-kind private tour.

  3. We now fine-tune any details if required. Final confirmation is made with your credit card payment, or a tour deposit if booking outside 30 days, before we look forward to seeing you in Auckland city.