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Waitemata Harbour

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 97 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $81.52

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

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

From USD $115.49

Auckland Discovery City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

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

From USD $45.52

Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $66.58

Auckland Harbour Coffee Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $50.95

Auckland Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $64.54

Auckland Harbour Sailing Cruise

Relax on this 90 minute cruise around Auckland's Harbour, the city known as the "City of Sails". This cruise will give you the best view in town as ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.95

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