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Waitemata Harbour

Sometimes referred to as Auckland Harbour, Waitemata Harbour is one of New Zealand's busiest locations. It connects the beautiful Auckland waterfront and main port with the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean. The Harbour Bridge is always teeming with activity, and beneath it seems to be an endless procession of watercraft, from the smallest yacht to the gigantic cruise liners. No surprise then that some of the world’s best sailing competitions are held here. Just across the way from Waitemata Harbour is the volcanic Rangitoto Island, a sanctuary for the local wildlife, and the historic seaside village of Devonport.

  • Go on a cruise on a sailboat, ferry, or yacht around Waitemata Harbour to take in the views of the islands, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and other passing boats.
  • Take a ferry from the Ferry Terminal off of the harbour for pleasant day excursions to the neighbouring islands, such as Rangitoto, Great Barrier Island, and Waiheke, to explore more of the Auckland area.
  • Learn about New Zealand’s maritime history at the National Maritime Museum and its various historical and nautical artefacts and old sailing vessels.

Auckland Airport offers an easy transfer into the city centre on the bright-blue Airbus Express, and once in the city, getting around is equally straightforward with the bright-red City Link buses running throughout the day. Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront is a good place to catch a bus that will take passengers all through the CBD, along the main Queen Street, and to the Waitemata Harbour. Ferry services are one of the easiest ways to explore the harbour and the surrounding islands and destinations. Driving across the Auckland Harbour Bridge also offers a great perspective of the glittering harbour.

Hotels in Waitemata Harbour

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From US$115

1 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.7 / 5 145 reviews

90 Federal Street Map

Includes Buffet Breakfast

Offering stunning views and stylish and elegant accommodations, SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland provides an oasis of luxury in the heart of vibrant Auckland. While in the area, tourists should not... More

Fantastic Birthday
We had no idea that we had booked into such a luxurious suite! We were quite blown away by the whole set up. Had a great dinner at Masu and an even better breakfast at Al Brown's latest deli next...
26 Aug 2015
From US$74

2 Auckland City Oaks

4 stars
4.2 / 5 120 reviews

188 Hobson Street Map

FREE Continental Breakfast Pack & Wifi

Travellers looking to explore the vibrant city streets of Auckland find ideal base at the centrally located and lavish spaces of Auckland City Oaks Serviced Apartments Hotel. Besides discovering... More

Night away in the City
Brilliant accommodation. Room had excellent facilities. Breakfast included in price - an added bonus.
16 Apr 2015
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3 SKYCITY Hotel Auckland

4 stars
4.6 / 5 242 reviews

Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets Map

FREE Breakfast

Modern and spacious, SKYCITY Hotel Auckland provides relaxing and stylish accommodations and access to a world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, theatre and live... More

Disappointing first night in NZ
Apart from good location and friendly staff, it would be a very uncomfortable stay. We asked for a harbour view room, but you can barely see the harbour because it’s only around five floors up,...
30 Jul 2015
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4 Stamford Plaza Auckland

5 stars
4.5 / 5 61 reviews

22-24 Albert Road Map

Includes Valet Parking & Breakfast

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Great city getaway
Wonderful stay at a great hotel. Brilliant location and delicious breakfast. The room was spacious and quiet.
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5 Grand Windsor Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 97 reviews

56-80 Queen Street Map

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Boasting a great location that is just a few minutes away from Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals and entertainment venues, Park Regis Auckland is an ideal place for an enjoyable holiday. Vulcan... More

Great location
The best asset for this hotel is its location - downtown and close to all public transport and the harbour. I had organised a late arrival and had no difficulties checking in at midnight. The room...
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6 Hilton Auckland

5 stars
4.8 / 5 22 reviews

Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street Map

With an enviable setting in the heart of the city close to the business precinct, Hilton Auckland makes for an ideal starting point for travellers in Auckland. This waterfront hotel places... More

Great Location
What a lovely hotel. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Room was a wee bit small, but very comfortable. It would have been a bonus if we had ocean views.
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7 Hotel DeBrett

5 stars
4.5 / 5 20 reviews

2 High Street Map

FREE Breakfast,Local Calls,Wifi & Pre-Dinner Drink

Travellers looking to explore Auckland find ideal base at the luxurious accommodations and central location of Hotel De Brett Auckland. This boutique hotel places vacationers within easy access to... More

Dirty weekend
Staff were lovely. Beds so comfortable - didn't want to get out if bed in the morning. Fantastic night away for anniversary.
28 Jul 2015
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8 Auckland Takapuna Oaks

5 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

1 Beresford Street Map

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Surrounded by serene waters and lush green parks, Auckland Takapuna Oaks - Boutique Apartment Hotel is a tranquil base in Bayswater that treats guests with self-contained apartments and a host of... More

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9 Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

5 stars
4.3 / 5 23 reviews

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue Map

Save 30% on your stay

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (Formerly Lighter Quay Hotel) offers corporate guests and holidaymakers a luxurious base while visiting the City of Sails. While on an Auckland vacation,... More

Weekend getaway
Great service & hotel, shame about the roadworks blocking the easy access to the car park, but would definitely stay here again.
21 Aug 2015
From US$84

10 BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland

3 stars
4.3 / 5 65 reviews

27-35 Victoria Street West Map

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BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland provides quality accommodation for corporate and leisure travellers in Auckland. The hotel is located within walking distance from Sky Tower, which houses a... More

Everything we hoped
Great location about 10 min walk from the harbor and close to the civic center of the city and many terrific pubs and restaurants. The rate we got from RatesToGo was also terrific. Parking is VERY...
17 May 2015
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