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.

Practical Info

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 .

Tours & Tickets

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Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

See the highlights of Auckland on a 2.5-hour sailboat cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Cruise to a sheltered marina where you enjoy a 3-course dinner ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.04

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the sail on an America's Cup match racing yacht as you sail Auckland's Waitemata ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $108.06

Auckland Discovery City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Take in all the highlights of Auckland on a half-day city tour. See the yachts bobbing in the harbor, heritage listed buildings and parkland that offer ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 - 6 hours

From USD $45.25

Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Feel the wind in your hair as you power down Waitemata Harbour in a supercharged jet boat. See Auckland's iconic landmarks from a different perspective, and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.17

Auckland Harbour Coffee Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Enjoy afternoon tea under sail on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour while on board our harbour cruising yacht. You are able to sit back and relax while ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.65

Auckland Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing 1.5-hour lunch cruise on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour aboard a 50 foot yacht while taking in the iconic sights of Auckland.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.78

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