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Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience

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Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Enjoy time aboard a sailing yacht on Waitemata Harbour. Your Auckland cruise sets sail from Viaduct Harbour, passing the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina, and Devonport while you listen to informative commentary on the sights. Relax as you take in the views or help the crew sail the vessel—it’s up to you.
  • Enjoy the sights of Auckland on this cruise aboard a yacht
  • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and a sweet treat is included
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Informative commentary
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1.5-hour cruise aboard a yacht
Light refreshments
Live commentary on board
Use of windproof and waterproof jackets
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

220 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

3:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Set sail from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on a cruising yacht for a morning or afternoon on the water. Your captain welcomes you aboard and the crew supplies windproof and waterproof jackets, depending on weather conditions. 

After a brief introduction accompanied by a safety briefing, depart Viaduct for a sightseeing tour that includes interesting commentary on Auckland, home of the America's Cup. 

Once you have enjoyed tea—including coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and a sweet treat—in the sunshine or below deck, the crew sets the sails to cruise Auckland's sparkling Waitemata Harbour. You have the option of helping the crew sail the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you take advantage of photo ops.

Glide past the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina, the charming suburb of Devonport, and the city skyline before returning to the starting point.
Stop At:  
Viaduct Harbour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Explore Group
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waitemata Harbour
The Captain will welcome you on board and take you through a brief introduction of the cruise accompanied by a safety briefing. Upon departure the yacht motors through Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, in wet weather tea may be served below decks at Westhaven Marina. Listen to an informative commentary on the history of the Viaduct and the Americas Cup bases. Once you have enjoyed tea the crew set the sails to cruise Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour taking in sights such as the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina, Devonport (Auckland's oldest suburb) along with sweeping views of the city. You have the option of helping the crew sail the yacht or just sit back while listening to an informative commentary on the sights.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet is also located on-board vessel
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Group Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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29 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Happy Sailors Review!
, Mar 2020
We were initially booked to sail on a smaller boat. Due to dwindling tourism we were offered the chance to sail the 2003 America’s Cup boat. The day was sunny, winds brisk, and crew efficient. We sail Maine, USA waters. This sail was outstanding! What a blast! The captain, Alex, kept a cool head in high winds and sailed the boat with 24 visitors and 3 other crew magnificently! I felt safe throughout the one hour sail. The trip was curtailed due to increasing winds. With great respect we thank the crew for a wonderful sail! Warmly, John and Terri Chamberlain Portland, Maine USA
Wonderful Auckland Harbor Sail
, Feb 2020
Wonderful sail around Auckland Harbor. Boat had plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Great sailing experience. Crew was very nice. Everything as described. Highly recommend!
, Jan 2020
Excellent service We were very pleased. Captain had our boys steer the wheel and explained on the city highlights.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun times
Sam J
, Jan 2020
Great, skilled Captain (Forgotten his name, but was from Essex and lived in NZ half the year). It was quite windy when we went out which was great fun. Our original morning booking was moved to an afternoon one as there weren't enough people booked on the morning trip. This was fortunately fine for us though.
Expensive for trip under the bridge
, Dec 2019
Lovely crew. Very accommodating. Expected more for the price. Daughter purchased for gift for us, felt bad she spent so much for what it was.
We didn't get to go on our sailing...
Paulette R
, Nov 2017
We didn't get to go on our sailing experience and only found out once we got there that due to low numbers they weren't going ahead. Very disappointed to book a special trip for my husbands birthday only to be disappointed at the last moment. There was nothing on the website to advise us that it was dependent on numbers. Explore NZ's solution was for us to pay an ADDITIONAL 160 to go on a different cruise. Totally unacceptable customer service and experience dealing with Explore NZ. No issues with Viator as a service at all though :
2 travelers found this review helpful
Excellent afternoon on the harbor...
James D
, Oct 2017
Excellent afternoon on the harbor. Leisurely and pleasant. There were only 3 of us and the captain so it was like a private charter. Captain was very knowledgeable about all the sights and told some interesting stories about the area my only thought was maybe a bit too much on the real estate prices
This afternoon sailing was...
, Jun 2017
This afternoon sailing was excellent,the knowledge and experience of the crew made me feel safe i am a nervous on the water! Would recommend,my husband was thrilled to steer the yacht.
Very professional and great fun. Superb...
, Feb 2017
Very professional and great fun. Superb views of Auckland.
Great way to spend our first...
Louise M
, Nov 2015
Great way to spend our first afternoon in NZ. Weather was perfect which helped!! Our crew Ali and Alex were friendly and shared interesting info about the harbour and surrounding areas. Everyone had the opportunity of hoisting sails and driving the boat, Very highly recommended.

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