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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 .

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Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, null
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Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour

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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 $71.71
Auckland Harbour Cruise including Dinner, Auckland, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Auckland Harbour Cruise including Dinner

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Join this sailing trip for the chance to enjoy great food catered for by a famous local restaurant. Sample local beer and wine on board, and engage with your ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.12
Auckland Harbour Lunch Cruise, Auckland, Dinner Cruises
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Auckland Harbour Lunch Cruise

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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 $69.51
Extreme Jet Boat Ride on Auckland's Beautiful Harbour, Auckland, Lunch Cruises
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Extreme Jet Boat Ride on Auckland's Beautiful Harbour

Enjoy high-octane thrills off New Zealand’s coastline on this 45-minute extreme jet boat ride in Auckland Harbour. Cruise through Waitemata Harbour with a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.85
Maori Cultural Experience: Waka Sailing on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Maori Cultural Experience: Waka Sailing on Waitemata Harbour

When planning your trip to Auckland, did you think to add 'go on a voyage with Maori sailors' to the list? You can now with this 2-hour sailing cruise on a ...  Read more

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

From USD $109.76
Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission, Auckland, Cultural Tours
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Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission

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See the best of New Zealand’s capital in one day on this 5-hour Auckland city highlights tour including Sky Tower admission. Travel through the streets and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.78
Historical Walking Tour of Tamaki from Auckland, Auckland, City Tours
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Historical Walking Tour of Tamaki from Auckland

Experience the cultural heart of Auckland, on our 2-hour "Home Fires of Tāmaki" walking tour. A short trip from the hustle of the central city, this ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.51

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