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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 .

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Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Dine aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) yacht, then take an evening cruise on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour to see the twinkling city lights. It's a ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.21

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $187.62

Auckland Discovery City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 38 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 $51.73

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 $78.91

Auckland Harbour Coffee Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 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 $65.76

Auckland Shore Excusion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

While your ship is in port in Auckland, see the city sights, take a cruise under the Harbour Bridge and enjoy bird’s-eye views of Auckland from the Sky Tower. ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.13

Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $85.92

Auckland Shore Excursion: West Coast Wineries Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, don't miss the chance to taste a variety of New Zealand’s wines on a fun and informative winery tour. Visit two or ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.98

Auckland Shore Excursion: Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride on Waitemata Harbour when your cruise ship is in port in Auckland, and see the city’s iconic landmarks from a ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.92

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