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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$127

1 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.7 / 5 147 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

29 years wedding aniversary
booked for 2nites wish we could stay longer ,location excellent very handy to everything service very friendly and helpful and very clean room and spacious ,so many restaurant and café are nearby...
9 Sep 2015
From US$133

2 Stamford Plaza Auckland

5 stars
4.5 / 5 63 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

Great stay in the city
Enjoyed our stay. Nice, clean & handy to the city. Breakfast buffet.....cannot complain.....loved it. Good view from our room. Fantastic package.
9 Nov 2015
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3 BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland

3 stars
4.3 / 5 68 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

Best Western President Auckland
Has improved out of sight since my last visit about 5 years ago. Staff brilliant!
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4 CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 58 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

Excellen accomodation and excellent location !!
Enjoyed New Zealand accommodation. Bed was very comfortable however the sink are not clean everyday. But overall stay was very good and very convenient location to everything.
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5 Crowne Plaza AUCKLAND

4 stars
4.5 / 5 28 reviews

128 Albert Street,PO Box 6841 Map

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Lovely 21st
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6 Nomads Auckland

4 stars
3.1 / 5 9 reviews

16 20 Fort Street Map

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Absolutely a nightmare
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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.
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8 Auckland City Hotel Hobson

4 stars
4.3 / 5 88 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

Stayed three nights and had a great time.
Arrived Friday and left Monday. Excellent time had at the hotel that is situated conveniently for me near the Aotea Centre.
30 Oct 2015
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9 Rydges Auckland

4 stars
4.6 / 5 142 reviews

59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street Map


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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10 Auckland City Oaks

4 stars
4.2 / 5 121 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

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13 Oct 2015
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