Waitmata Harbor, often referred to as Auckland Harbor, is one of two beautiful harbors surrounding Auckland. Its name refers to 'obsidian glass' in Maori language and its spectacular waters are said to sparkle like the dark volcanic glass that early settlers found in the area.
The harbor made a stunning backdrop for the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup and for the sailing enthusiast there is the opportunity to live the experience and sail an America's Cup yacht.
The Motu Manawa Marine Reserve covers an area in the southwest of the harbor surrounding Pollen and Traherne Islands. The reserve covers salt marshes, mangrove swamps and shellbanks. It is best viewed from a sea kayak.
While the food provided was very good, sailing down Auckland Harbour was amazing. We all were able to take a turn at the helm and I actually was able to steer the boat thru a 180 degree change of course. Definitely highly recommended.
The experience of taking charge of the cruise in your hand is once of a life time experience!
Review by wayne m, March 2013
Doing what: Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour
In spite of the drizzly weather, this was a wonderful tour. Alexander was the guide for the morning tour of Auckland - he was excellent. Wayne and Dion took over for the afternoon, when we went to the rain forest and volcanic beach. They also were excellent. All three were informative and entertaining! We enjoyed the day very much.
Plenty of ferries travel around the harbor and leave from the Downtown Ferry Terminal in Auckland. Many pass through Waitmata Harbor on their way to the Hauraki Gulf Islands .