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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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1 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.7 / 5 144 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

Nice night away
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2 Hotel DeBrett

5 stars
4.5 / 5 19 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

Avoid room 1.8 if you want some privacy.
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3 Rydges Auckland

4 stars
4.6 / 5 142 reviews

59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street Map

FREE Wifi

Offering contemporary accommodations in a city-centre location, Rydges Auckland invites business and leisure travellers for a luxury holiday experience in Auckland. From the hotel, tourists can... More

Great location
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4 Nomads Auckland

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5 SKYCITY Hotel Auckland

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4.6 / 5 241 reviews

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6 BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland

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4.3 / 5 65 reviews

27-35 Victoria Street West Map

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Everything we hoped
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7 Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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4.3 / 5 21 reviews

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue Map

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Excellent Auckland stopover
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8 CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

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4.7 / 5 55 reviews

171 Queen Street Map

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9 Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland

4 stars
4.0 / 5 126 reviews

One Hobson Street Map

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10 Stamford Plaza Auckland

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4.5 / 5 61 reviews

22-24 Albert Road Map

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Great city getaway
Wonderful stay at a great hotel. Brilliant location and delicious breakfast. The room was spacious and quiet.
16 Jan 2015
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