Known as the city of sails, Auckland is a destination best enjoyed from the water. Its sparkling harbour lends itself well to everything from leisurely dinner cruises through to jetboating and kayaking. Leave your Hertz Auckland car hire parked safely at the hotel and head out to a day at sea.
Jet boating was invented in New Zealand and it’s always a thrill. Tours depart from downtown at the waterfront next to the ferry terminal – look out for Auckland Adventure Jet. Most trips pass below the iconic Auckland harbour bridge. Go for a spin and you’ll never forget it.
There are many spots around Auckland where you can kayak, but Auckland Sea Kayaks in St Heliers just out of the city offers prime marine excursions to various islands, with Rangitoto Island being the most popular. Rangitoto’s volcanic profile is a defining sight from many parts of Auckland. Day time tours as well as sunset tours take you over to Rangitoto, where you can trek up to the summit.
From luxury yacht charters to racing boats, you can find what you’re looking for in an Auckland sailing adventure. For starts, with Explore Group you can play the part of a crew member on a real America’s Cup yacht for a 2 hour sail or 3 hour race.
Many operators offer courses where they teach you to sail; the calm Auckland harbour is a great learning ground. For the ultimate indulgence look for a luxury yacht where you can simply sit back and relax. Your skipper will guide you out to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, where you can swim, fish and watch for dolphins and wildlife.
Keen fishermen and fisherwomen should look for dedicated fishing trips. Trips may run for a half day or full day with all the gear you need. Come home with a haul of kahawai, trevally, snapper and more. Join a group or book a private charter for your family and friends.
A harbour cruise from downtown is the ultimate way to sightsee – the city skyline is quite tremendous. If you have time, an overnight cruise allows you to experience the tranquillity overnight. If wildlife interests you, why not try Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari, with guaranteed wildlife sightings year round.