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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$198

1 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.7 / 5 149 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

Great hotel
classy, comfortable, friendly staff and great location
3 Jan 2016
From US$191

2 SKYCITY Hotel Auckland

4 stars
4.5 / 5 244 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, did not meet expectations.
Arrived 5p.m. tired after plane flight. No dinner available until 8.30 at earliest. Went to bed hungry. Hotel is showy ,but lacks substance. Seems to be aimed at servicing the gamblers. Bedroom...
8 Jan 2016
From US$246

3 Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

5 stars
4.3 / 5 25 reviews

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue Map

Save 30% on your stay

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour offers corporate guests and holidaymakers a luxurious base while visiting the City of Sails. While on an Auckland vacation, travellers can have fun at Kelly... More

Spectacular Sofitel
Sofitel Auckland gets 10/10 for professionalism, friendliness, comfort and style. There is a welcoming ambience and beautiful spaces everywhere. Our one night stay to celebrate my 60th birthday was...
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4 Stamford Plaza Auckland

5 stars
4.5 / 5 64 reviews

22-24 Albert Road Map

Includes Valet Parking & Breakfast

Offering luxurious accommodation and pleasing hospitality, Stamford Plaza Auckland invites guests to experience the first-class service, timeless decor and excellent inner city location. Guests at... More

Quick Weekend Away
Refurbished room provided modern look and the feel of the luxurious carpet under your feet was fantastic. Very comfy bed. The gym has got all new equipment since I last stayed. Location is great -...
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From US$194

5 Barclay Suites

4 stars
4.3 / 5 126 reviews

74 Albert Street, Auckland Map

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Leisure and corporate travellers planning an extended stay in the heart of the city book a stay at the serviced accommodations of Barclay Suites. While on an Auckland holiday, tourists can bungee... More

weekend away
we have stayed there before,its been great ,however this time obviously a management change and not for the better, we will not be back again ,for the following reasons,no longer able to smoke on...
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6 Hilton Auckland

5 stars
4.8 / 5 22 reviews

Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street Map

End of Year Sale Breakfast!

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 Auckland City Hotel Hobson

4 stars
4.3 / 5 89 reviews

157 Hobson Street Map

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Presenting tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation, Auckland City Hotel Hobson is a perfect site for business and leisure travellers alike. Travellers can witness panoramic views from the... More

Auckland Road Trip
Well positioned but slightly noisy location. Room ideally set up for 3 people - two double beds and kitchenette. Room though had only been fitted out for 2 people despite being booked for three -...
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8 Auckland Takapuna Oaks

5 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

1 Beresford Street Map

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Hidden Gem Revisited
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9 CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 59 reviews

171 Queen Street Map

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Stylish and sophisticated, CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel makes for an suitable retreat for discerning travellers on business trips or leisure vacations in the heart of Auckland. The hotel... More

Just the place to be right in the heart of the city
This apartment was right in the heart of the city within reach of everything from the pier to the shops not to mention all the restaurants. Good value with everything at your fingertips.
21 Dec 2015
From US$135

10 Rydges Auckland

4 stars
4.6 / 5 144 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

Excellent location in City center
A well located hotel, close to all major attractions. Clean rooms, good wi-fi. Excellent staff, would definitely recommend it to friends
9 Jan 2016
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