Waitematā Harbour
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Our most recommended Waitematā Harbour Activities

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

    1. Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

    Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran, conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland, and set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Depart via Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, and bask in the sun on the large open deck. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins, known to regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then it's out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park itself, where resident populations of Bryde's Whales, Common Dolphins and numerous colorful seabirds await.   Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins and sea birds while important marine biology research is conducted on board. Help protect this incredible resource of marine life on a more personal and intimate experience. As a registered r...

    we didn't see any whales but we did see dolphins. all the staff were nice and we learned a lot about there conservation

  • Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

    2. Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience

    Embark on a city express tour for a personalised 3-hour experience. See twice as much in half the time as your local kiwi guides will show you what makes the city of Auckland so special.  Enjoy an intimate Kiwi experience as you discover Auckland’s eateries, volcanoes, visit a working farm, and explore beautiful gardens. Learn about Maori culture and settler history from your experienced guide. Gain local knowledge on the best of Auckland’s shopping, cuisine, and sights.  Your tour will take you up to Bastion Point to admire the beautiful harbor views. See some of the glamorous houses on Paratai Drive. Visit beautiful One Tree Hill and see a working farm. See fantastic Auckland views from the heights of the dormant Mt. Eden volcano. Visit the Auckland Domain and experience the exquisite Wintergardens. Drive through the historic Parnell village and see the historic Holy Trinity Church. ...

    Found it very informative and a must do for anyone wanting a good tour around Auckland city.

  • Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

    3. Auckland Harbour 1.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

    Enjoy Auckland, the City of Sails, as you join the yachts on Waitemata Harbor and enjoy the relaxed pace of harbor sailing. Set sail on a 50-foot cruising yacht for a spectacular sailing experience on the sparkling harbor waters. Meet your captain at the Auckland waterfront and be welcomed by the crew, who will supply you with weather-proof jackets if required. After a brief introduction accompanied by a safety briefing, depart Viaduct Habor to sail past the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbor Bridge for a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour. Enjoy engaging commentary from your skipper on Auckland, the home of the Americas Cup. Enjoy light refreshments, including a hot drink and a sweet treat, in the sunshine or below deck. Afterwards, set sail to cruise Auckland's sparkling Waitemata Harbor. If you like, help the crew sail the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you take advantage of photo opportu...

    Amazing trip, really friendly informative staff, weather perfect, it was a great way to end our NZ trip! Thanks.

  • Waiheke Island & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Seaplane Flight

    4. Waiheke Island & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Seaplane Flight

    Make your visit to Auckland Harbour memorable with a special seaplane flight over Auckland's gulf islands. Combine romance, adventure, and history on an exciting scenic flight that will showcase the very best of the Auckland region.  Cruise out into Auckland Harbour, the very heart of the 'City of Sails', ready for take-off. Soar over the majestic Auckland City in no time. Capture as many videos and photos as you like with large side windows that slope out. Admire beautiful city views and breath-taking coastal vistas of the Hauraki Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the history of the Auckland region while soaking in spectacular aerial views of Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke islands. Experience an exhilarating water landing in the Auckland Harbour and marvel at the picturesque city skyline. Your adventure concludes with a relaxing cruise along the harbour back to the dock at Wynya...

    An awesome experience that combines great views, great commentary and a friendly, witty and knowledgeable staff. Tourists and Aucklanders alike can really enjoy this experience, as you get a great view of the city, Waitemata and Hauraki Islands from a perspective you wouldn’t get any other way. Our pilot shared a breadth of knowledge on the geography and history of the region, and did so with a healthy dose of humour. If you want see Auckland then I highly recommend this experience.

  • America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

    5. America’s Cup 2-Hour Sailing Experience Waitemata Harbour

    Join the crew on an America’s Cup yacht for a unique 2-hour tour from Auckland that gives you the chance to experience the sensation of competing in this world-famous racing meet. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Experience this first hand by sailing these remarkable vessels on the harbor that hosted the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you tack and jibe. These powerful and highly engineered race vessels are usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yacht owners, but this unique two-hour sailing experience offers everyone the opportunity to sail these grand prix racing machines. Set sail around Auckland’s stunning Waitemata Harbor and enjoy all the thrills of sailing in a proper racing yacht. Be transported to a world where the thrill of international sp...

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What people are saying about Waitematā Harbour

We booked the afternoon tour for the 27th Feb and turned out to be very lucky as we quickly saw lots of common dolphins. The crew were all excellent at sharing valuable and interesting information. All of which was presented in a good humorous style. They encouraged questions about their research and ocean and mammals. We then were incredibly lucky to see a Brydes whale for a good period of time. Highly recommend this tour, the time passed very quickly and we were very well looked after

Found it very informative and a must do for anyone wanting a good tour around Auckland city.

Loved Paul , great personality and knowledge also very funny! 5 stars !

This tour was a highlight at the end of our NZ experience.

This was a true highlight during our time in Auckland.