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Auckland

The City of Sails and New Zealands largest city

A bustling city of 1.4 million people, Auckland offers many things to see and do. Cruise Ships berth in the centre of town so its easy to get around, by foot or taking one of the tourist buses. Join a tour to see more of the area or explore the harbour on one of the many ferries or sailing trips.

Auckland harbour Bridge

AKL-1  |  Auckland Morning Highlights  |  4.00 hrs  |  

NZ $99.00

Join our small group tour as we show you the main sights of New Zealand's largest city, known as the City of Sails. Spend 4 hours exploring the unique suburbs and scenery of this vibrant city.

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Devonport Views on our Auckland Highlights Shore Excursions

AKL-11  |  Auckland Afternoon Highlights  |  2.50 hrs  |  

NZ $69.00

Our small group afternoon tour will give you a taste of New Zealand's largest city - known as the 'City of Sails'. This leaves your morning free to do some shopping...then catch the ferry to Devonport early to explore on your own.

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Auckland Hop On Off Bus by Cruise Ships

AKL-2  |  Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer  |  8.00 hrs  |  

NZ $45.00

The Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer bus is an all-day sightseeing tour with full commentary, visiting Auckland's big 14 attractions, departing every 30 minutes with 2 different circuits that combine to cover all attractions.

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happy customers from the Explorer of the Seas on their Segway tour 19th April 2

AKL-42  |  The Segway FUN Family Ride  |  0.75 hrs  |  

NZ $60.00

This Segway experience is for families with children 10 to 13 years. Fun and adventurous we will show you how to ride and then take you on a short tour along the waterfront.

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Rangitoto Volcano Cruise Ship Shore Excursion in Auckland New Zealand

AKL-28  |  Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer  |  4.00 hrs  |  

NZ $68.00

Combine your ferry trip to Rangitoto Island with a guided tour of the island on our 4WD road-train. Find out more about this unique volcano from our knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating commentary on the island's fiery pas ....

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Auckland Adventure Duck gets into the harbour

AKL-41  |  Adventure Duck Tour   |  1.00 hrs  |  

NZ $68.00

Auckland Adventure Duck is the first and only amphibious vehicle to touch down in the city. The Duck drives through the City before splashing into the water for a cruise around Auckland's Harbour with views of the city from a diff ....

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Auckland Harbour Sailing Cruise for your Shore Excursion in New Zealand

AKL-12  |  Harbour Sailing Cruise  |  1.50 hrs  |  

NZ $99.00

Enjoy the unique Auckland landscape from the water on this peaceful cruise. Feel the wind fill the sails and guide you under the harbour bridge and back past Auckland's landmarks.

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Bastion Point in Auckland

AKL-17  |  Auckland Express 3 hour Tour  |  3.00 hrs  |  

NZ $79.00

Come along for a truly interactive experience, where you not only get to see our great city, but you actually meet the locals, and participate in their activities, with time left in the day to "do your own thing" as well.

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Jet Boating on the stunning Auckland Harbour

AKL-40  |  Auckland Jet Boat Adventure  |  0.75 hrs  |  

NZ $98.00

See Auckland City a different way, by jet boat at over 50 knots! Our purpose built craft takes up to 23 passengers for spins and tricks out on the water, while telling you about Auckland City and its surroundings. The tours are ta ....

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Obsidian Winery on the Waiheke Island Wine Tour from Auckland

AKL-22  |  Waiheke Island Wine Tour  |  6.75 hrs  |  

NZ $120.00

Visit three of Waiheke Islands finest vineyards for tasting and enjoy a commentated scenic tour of the Island by one of our knowledgeable, local guides. Vineyards can vary according to your preference and seasonal availability.

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Eco Zip Line Adventure on Waiheke Island Auckland for Cruise Ship Shore Tours

AKL-20  |  Flying Fox Zipline & Native Forest Walk Experience  |  2.00 hrs  |  

NZ $119.00

The EcoZip Adventure offers state-of-the-art flying fox zipline and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages. You'll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up ....

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The Dinner Cruise on Auckland harbour, a great excursion

AKL-15  |  Dinner Sailing Cruise  |  2.50 hrs  |  

NZ $140.00

Take in the city highlights, from the best view in town as you cruise Auckland harbour on a 50ft sailing yacht. Enjoy a three course meal [catered for by Snapdragon] and engage with your crew, who will give you an extensive commen ....

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Auckland Kayak tour to Motukorea Island for Cruise Ship Passengers

AKL-25  |  Half day Auckland Kayak Tour   |  5.00 hrs  |  

NZ $135.00

Motukorea island, reachable only by small craft, offers a wealth of exploration and fantastic views. A culturally informative and fun paddle around this area is a greatly recommended way to experience the Waitamata harbour.

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Whale and Dolphin Cruise in Auckland New Zealand Shore Excursion 1

AKL-27  |  Marine Mammal Eco-Safari  |  4.50 hrs  |  

NZ $180.00

Join our Whale & Dolphin Cruise right in the centre of Auckland, its so easy to experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, our 4.5 hour marine eco-safari offers guaranteed Whale and D ....

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Waterfall close to Auckland

AKL-14  |  Auckland West Coast Tour  |  4.00 hrs  |  

NZ $195.00

This half-day tour showcases the best of the Waitakere Ranges, an area to the west of the city and location of our famous West Coast amazing black sand beaches, subtropical rainforest and unique wildlife.

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Mud Brick Winery Tour on Waiheke an Auckland Shore Excursion

AKL-23  |  Waiheke Island Wine and Food Tour  |  5.75 hrs  |  

NZ $185.00

Explore Waiheke's food culture, try fresh oysters, award-winning olive oil and other locally-produced speciality foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island's top boutique vineyards as your guide provides an entertaining a ....

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Kayaking

AKL-26  |  Full Day Auckland - Rangitoto Island Kayak Tour  |  7.00 hrs  |  

NZ $185.00

Kayak to Rangitoto Island the landmark of the Auckland region, climb to the top and see Auckland city from another perspective. Stunning scenery, wildlife and a hearty and healthy Kiwi lunch await you

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Stunning North Auckland Bays and Beaches on this Shore Excursion

AKL-8  |  Artisans and Country Living  |  6.50 hrs  |  

NZ $235.00

Join our tour which will take you north over Auckland's Harbour Bridge, where we follow the coastal roads, as we visit a renowned pottery, historic villages and see ancient Kauri trees.

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Auckland Maori Tours

AKL-13  |   Auckland Full Day Maori Cultural Tour  |  8.00 hrs  |  

NZ $295.00

Experience Auckland with a local Maori, who will guide you around this fantastic city and region. We will share its interesting history, places and people throughout the tour, seeing Auckland’s very best sights. Be sure to bring ....

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Walk on the Beach

AKL-9  |  Auckland All Inclusive Full Day Tour  |  8.00 hrs  |  

NZ $295.00

Be amazed by spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. See dramatic views from the top of several volcanoes, explore the untamed coastline of black and golden sand beaches, subtropical rainforest, Kauri trees ....

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12 passenger Minibus for Auckland 1

AKL-S100  |  12 passenger minibus Auckland  |  from 4.00 hrs - 12 persons -

from NZ $840.00

Book one of our comfortable 12 passenger minibuses driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time. We can a ....

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Mercedes Benz Viano in Auckland

AKL-S1  |  Luxury 6 seater tour Auckland  |  from 8.00 hrs - 6 persons -

from NZ $1,095.00

Book one of our comfortable 6 passenger minivans driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time.

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Mercedes Benz Minibus

AKL-S2  |  Luxury 11 seater tour Auckland  |  from 8.00 hrs - 11 persons -

from NZ $1,695.00

Book one of our comfortable 11 passenger minibuses, driven by our experienced guides. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you see and do what you want, getting you back to the ship in good time.

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Mercedes Benz ML 4 x 4 Luxury Private Tour vehicle in Auckland New Zealand

AKL-S5  |  Luxury Mercedes Benz 4x4  |  from 8.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $1,395.00

Book one of our Luxury Mercedes Benz 4x4 vehicles driven by our experienced guides. These allow you to get of the beaten track for some gentle 4x4 sightseeing. They will discuss the options with you on the day and make sure you se ....

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Toyota Minibus Mobility Vehicle

AKL-S6  |  Mobility Vehicle Private Tours  |  from 4.00 hrs - 6 persons -

from NZ $560.00

Our specially adapted minibuses with wheelchair hoists can take two wheelchair users and up to 4 additional passengers, or 1 wheelchair and 5 passengers. The experienced driver/guide will make sure you travel in comfort and safety ....

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BMW 7 Series for private Cruise Ship tours in Auckland New Zealand

AKL-S9  |  Inbound Airport Transfer  |  from 1.00 hrs - 2 persons -

from NZ $160.00

Book a private transfer from Auckland Airport to your Hotel or cruise ship and travel in comfort. Your driver will be waiting for you for direct transfer.

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Private Luxury Tours in Auckland New Zealand by BMW 7 series limousine

AKL-S10  |  Luxury Car Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $625.00

For that special day tour, choose one of our long wheelbase BMW 7 series, offering premium comfort and lots of room. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your chauffeur offers a full commentary. You'll be the envy of the other cruise ....

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Mercedes Benz GL 4x4 Luxury Private Tour Auckland Shore Excursions

AKL-S11  |  MB GL 4x4 Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $625.00

For that special day tour, choose one of our luxury Mercedes Benz GL class 4x4, offering premium comfort even for rough terrain. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your chauffeur offers a full commentary and be the envy of the othe ....

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Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus for Auckland Shore Excursion Private Tour

AKL-S12  |  Premium Grade 11 passenger Minibus  |  from 6.00 hrs - 11 persons -

from NZ $940.00

For that special day tour if travelling in a larger group, choose one of our luxury Mercedes Benz minibuses, offering premium comfort 11 passengers. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your chauffeur offers a full commentary.

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Auckland city

AKL-S15  |  Auckland airport transfer with 3 hour tour  |  from 3.00 hrs - 19 persons -

from NZ $760.00

Enjoy a 3 hour taste of Auckland city either before your outbound flight, or after your arrival in New Zealand.

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Auckland harbour Bridge

AKL-G4  |  Auckland City and Devonport Ferry Group Tour  |  4.00 hrs

Join us as we show you the main sights of New Zealand's largest city, known as the City of Sails. Spend 4 hours exploring the unique suburbs and scenery of this vibrant city.

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Auckland Airport Arrivals area

AKL-G21  |  Auckland Airport Transfer Inbound  |  0.00 hrs

For clients booking our Auckland Tours AKL-9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 we can also offer an airport meet and greet service. We will collect your party at the airport and then continue on the tour as planned. The tour duration wil ....

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Auckland Airport

AKL-G22  |  Auckland Airport Transfer Outbound  |  0.00 hrs

For clients booking our Auckland Tours AKL-9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 we can also offer airport transfers after the tour ends. We will collect you and your luggage at the ship in the morning and at the end of your tour transfer ....

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Kemp House at Kerikeri

AKL-G5  |  Bay of Islands from Auckland  |  10.00 hrs

Explore the Bay of Islands on our small group tour. We will travel through lush agricultural land, past native forests and along coastlines with some of the world's most stunning beaches. Chance to see The Waitangi Treaty Grounds ....

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Auckland Domain

AKL-G1  |  Auckland City Highlights Half Day Tour  |  3.50 hrs

See why the largest City of New Zealand is so popular with both locals and visitors. Known as the City of Sails, the Harbour is never far away as we drive past millionaires' homes and to the top of some of the extinct volcanoes.

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Beach

AKL-G2  |  Waiheke Island with Shore Trips and Tours  |  7.00 hrs

Your driver will be with you from start to finish to give you an intimate and personal tour of the island.

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Clevedon Farmers Market

AKL-G3  |  Coastal Clevedon & Auckland City Tour  |  7.00 hrs

Combine city sights with country landscapes and coastal views on our Auckland and Country tour. City sights first then south to Clevedon and the coastal area around Maretai, then into the Hunua country park and their stunning wate ....

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Auckland Waterfront

AKL-G6  |  Half Day City Sights and West Coast Tour  |  4.00 hrs

This half day tour lets you see New Zealand's largest city and find out why it is so popular with both locals and visitors. We show you the city highlights plus the rugged west coast and its famous Gannet colony.

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Sheep World Farming Show 1

AKL-G7  |  Auckland Sights and Sheep World Group Tour  |  7.00 hrs

Combine the highlights of New Zealand's largest city and and its environs, the iconic farm show at Sheep World, the artisan outlets of Matakana plus the historic Puhoi Pub for lunch and refreshments!

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Muriwai Beach NZ West Coast

AKL-G9  |  West Coast Gannets and Auckland City Tour  |  7.00 hrs

See the highlights of New Zealand's largest city and and its environs and see why it's such a popular destination. Wildlife, forests, beaches, vineyards and central city sights.

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Waitomo Forest

AKL-G23  |  Waitomo & Blackwater Rafting  |  9.00 hrs

Over three hours of climbing, black water tubing, leaping over waterfalls and floating serenely down the Ruakuri Cave river marvelling at glow worms and the caves magnificent structure.

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Mobility vehicle for wheelchair users in Auckland

AKL-G24  |  Auckland Transfer Service Wheelchair Users  |  0.00 hrs

Our specially adapted minibuses with wheelchair hoists can take two wheelchair users and up to 4 additional passengers, or 1 wheelchair and 5 passengers. The experienced driver/guide will make sure you travel in comfort and safety ....

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Mobility vehicle for wheelchair users in Auckland

AKL-G25  |  Auckland City Transfers Wheelchair Users  |  0.00 hrs

Our specially adapted minibuses with wheelchair hoists can take two wheelchair users and up to 4 additional passengers, or 1 wheelchair and 5 passengers. The experienced driver/guide will make sure you travel in comfort and safety ....

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Auckland Tour

AKL-G26  |  AKL airport TRX tour with Duck  |  0.00 hrs

We will meet your flight at Auckland International Airport and give you a 3 or 4 hour city sightseeing tour which will include the one hour tour on the Amphibious Duck before leaving you at the cruise ship or city hotel

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Waitomo Caves

AKL-G27  |  Waitomo & Hobbiton from Auckland  |  12.00 hrs

Waitomo Caves full of stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms, followed by a traditional NZ BBQ lunch overlooking stunning farmland landscapes and then the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set - with hobbit holes, the Party Tree and so ....

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Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand with a population of 1.4 million, is the embarkation port for many Cruise Ships. The Cruise Terminal is located adjacent to the Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city and is approximately 30 minutes from the Airport.

We can also arrange your transfers to and from the Airport or hotel. If you have a few days pre or post cruise then we can assist with activities and tours throughout the North Island. There's plenty of tour options available even if you only have a few hours in the available in the city before your ship departs.

The isthmus on which Auckland sits was settled by Maori around 1350 and was valued for its rich and fertile land. Many pa (fortified villages) were created, mainly on the volcanic peaks. Maori population in the area is estimated to have been about 20,000 people before the arrival of Europeans. The subsequent introduction of firearms, which began in Northland, upset the balance of power and led to devastating inter-tribal warfare, causing iwi who lacked the new weapons to seek refuge in areas less exposed to coastal raids. As a result, the region had relatively low numbers of Maori when European settlement of New Zealand began.

On 27 January 1832, Joseph Brooks Weller, eldest of the Weller brothers of Otago and Sydney bought land including the sites of the modern cities of Auckland and North Shore and part of Rodney District, for "one large cask of powder" from "Cohi Rangatira".

After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840, the new Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, chose the area as his new capital, and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland, then Viceroy of India. The land that Auckland was established on was given to the Governor by local Maori iwi Ngati Whatua, as a sign of goodwill and in the hope that the building of a city would attract commercial and political opportunities for the iwi. Auckland was officially declared New Zealand's capital in 1841, and the transfer of the administration from Russell (now Old Russell) in the Bay of Islands was completed in 1842. However, even in 1840 Port Nicholson (later Wellington) was seen as a better choice for an administrative capital because of its proximity to the South Island and Wellington became the capital in 1865.

Auckland straddles the Auckland volcanic field, which has produced about 50 volcanoes. These take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions, and several have produced extensive lava flows. Some of the cones have been partly or completely quarried away. The individual volcanoes are all considered extinct, although the volcanic field itself is merely dormant. Auckland has at least 14 large lava tube caves which run from the volcanoes down towards the sea.

Auckland's volcanoes are fuelled entirely by basaltic magma, unlike the explosive subduction-driven volcanism in the central North Island, such as at Mount Ruapehu and Lake Taupo. The most recent and by far the largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, was formed within the last 1000 years, and its eruptions destroyed the Maori settlements on neighbouring Motutapu Island some 700 years ago. Rangitoto's size, its symmetry, its position guarding the entrance to Waitemata Harbour and its visibility from many parts of the Auckland region make it Auckland's most iconic natural feature. Few birds and insects inhabit the island because of the rich acidic soil and the type of flora growing out of the rocky soil.

Auckland lies on and around an isthmus, less than two kilometres wide at its narrowest point, between Mangere Inlet and the Tamaki River. There are two harbours in the Auckland urban area surrounding this isthmus: Waitemata Harbour to the north, which opens east to the Hauraki Gulf, and Manukau Harbour to the south, which opens west to the Tasman Sea. The total coastline of Auckland is 3,702 km in length.

    How close to the city is the cruise terminal.

There are 3 cruise ship berths in Auckland, the main ones are Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf, both are just a few hundred meters to the main shopping street of Queen Street.

    How long does it take to get to or from the airport from the cruise terminal.

You should allow 30 to 45 minutes by taxi, but this is affected by traffic delays at peak hours. The distance is 27 km.

    What options are there to get to the ship from the airport.

You have a range of options, taxis, private car service or city and airport shuttle buses. You can book these here if you wish on the tours tab.

    Can i visit Hobbiton while the ship is in port in Auckland.

While it is possible, the drive would take around 2.5 hours at least each way. The traffic issues of Auckland at peak times may also be a problem. The best port to visit Hobbiton from is Tauranga, which is just 60 minutes drive to the Hobbiton movie set.

    I understand the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves can be visited from Auckland.

Yes, the drive to the Caves at Waitomo will take at least 2.5 hours, longer at peak times, so the ships time in port needs to allow for a 8 to 9 hour tour duration.

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For those adrenalin junkies we have just added the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge experiences to the site. Check them out if you have a head for heights!

Have just added out new "Highlights" tour for Auckland, these great value small group tours [no more than 12 persons] allows for a much more personal tour experience and lets you see and do more than the large coach tours.

Lonely Planet has just voted Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland as the 5th best destination in the World to visit, so why not book one of our tours that visit this stunning island a short ferry ride from the cruise terminal. Plus just a week ago, the island came in fourth on Conde Nast Traveller's list of the Best Islands in the World.

Check out 2 new great adventures just added, the Adventure Duck tour in Auckland and the Eco Zip Line Adventure on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes by ferry from the cruise ship terminal.

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Great being able to just walk into the city in a few minutes, the ferry to Devonport is almost next to the ship berth as well.

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