The best way to experience the City of Sails

Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world and produces some of the world’s finest boat builders and sailors.

Aucklanders' love affair with the sea and sailing has earned the city the nickname ‘City of Sails’, so why not experience Auckland like the locals do?

The Waitemata Harbour, which translates from Maori to Sparking Waters has taken its shape from recent volcanic activity and is the home to some fantastic shoreline and beaches.

The harbour is sheltered from Pacific storms by Auckland’s North Shore, Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island, which makes it a perfect sailing spot all year round.

Sailing on the harbour allows great views or the central CBD and some of Auckland’s famous landmarks including the Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower, Chelsea sugar refinery and Devenport naval base.

The Waitemata Harbour is also the gateway to Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and put simply, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is stunning!

It’s is full with natural richness, many beautiful islands and diverse landscape that makes it an outstanding and distinctive place to visit. There isn’t a better way to experience the beauty and serenity of this amazing city than being out on the water under sail.

After experiencing the joys of sailing you will know why so many Aucklanders own a boat and use the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park as their backyard playground!

Pride of Auckland offers a range of tour options so you can experience sailing on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Cruises range from a 90 minute Lunch Cruise or Coffee Cruise, up to a two and a half hour Dinner Cruise, a Full Day Sailing Adventure or Waiheke Sailing Experience.

There really is an option for everyone depending on how much time you have to explore the hub of Auckland’s nautical playground. Most people just want to sit back and relax while others like to get a hands on experience and are welcome to help trim the sails and take the helm.

No matter what option you choose you will be able to enjoy the crew’s informative commentary and enjoy what the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Marine Park has to offer.

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