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Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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2,430 Reviews
Free admission
Northern Motorway, Auckland

The Basics

The 3,348-foot-long (1,020 meter) Auckland Harbour Bridge was built in 1959 to connect the central and northern parts of Auckland. Aside from its impressive steel construction, the views from it are perhaps its greatest attraction, with hundreds of sailboats on the twinkling waters below, views of the central Auckland skyline, and Rangitoto Island’s volcanic peak in the distance.

Many visitors will cross the bridge at some point during their travels in and around Auckland. While anyone (with a license) can drive over the bridge, pedestrians only have access via a guided tour. A fun way to see the bridge and the surrounding views is to book a bridge climbing tour, which takes visitors to the top arch and away from the traffic below. Or, enjoy a scenic harbor cruise and take in views of the bridge from the water.

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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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US$105.30 per adult
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Amazing 😻
Hi all, i would say the best two and half hours of my life of sailing ⛵️.. really enjoyed every min of that. The champagne 🍾 and the good time with travellers n crew member, it was whole lot of fun 🤩
Divya_K, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Well worth it
Tina_W, Jul 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Great night, well worth the money Food was good Even got the chance to steer the yacht Great experience
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The perfect date night
Bronwyn_S, Apr 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Wonderful experience. Great company, lovely gentle sailing with an experienced confident skipper. I booked the dinner cruise for my husbands birthday. We headed out with 2 other couples celebrating an anniversary and another birthday. It was lovely to see the lights and enjoy the sights of Auckland and the food was great.
star-5
Awesome experience
Ashwini_D, Nov 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Must to try in Auckland.. it was amazing experience, friendly team to on board us. Lovely view and we were able to drive the ship was definitely plus point
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Wonderful Auckland Harbor Sail
ssbaum54, Feb 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
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!
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Veena
prabhushiva, Jan 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
Excellent service We were very pleased. Captain had our boys steer the wheel and explained on the city highlights.
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Sunset delight
Betty, Mar 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
We thoroughly every aspect of the cruise. From the minute you step on board you're made very welcome. Captain very knowledgeable and had a sense of fun as did the crew. Food was also very good. The sunset was fabulous and the view of the city from out at sea was stunning. A must do experience
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Relaxing cruise and good food!
DaphneDW, Mar 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
This was a great cruise and wonderful way to see the harbor area. The hospitality and efficiency of the crew was excellent. The captain had great information shared in an entertaining fashion. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food! A great excursion I highly recommend.
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Fun, unique experience
Jacob_A, Mar 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
This is a unique dinner cruise experience, but not a gourmet dining experience. You will spend most of your time huddled next to your fellow passengers. The crew has the service in tight quarters set up down pretty well, and the food is designed to be eaten on your lap. Everything comes in a bowl, and it was pretty good. We enjoyed the crew and the sailing experience, but it was not quite what we had expected.
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
wendyville2002, Nov 2019
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
We set sail on a yatch around Auckland harbour before anchoring to enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner. Afterwards we sailed out of the harbour and under the Auckland Harbour Bridge and up stream. Having never been on a yatch before I found the whole experience magical. The views of the city from the water and the city lights was the icing on the cake. Do this cruise. You will not regret it.
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Fun cruise, good food, great pics
Ryan, Mar 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The food (and wine) was all very good. The cruise itself was very relaxing, and the sunset was gorgeous. Overall, was a great choice to give us a break from all the walking we'd been doing.
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Fun times
Sam J, Jan 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
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.
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Enjoyable evening
Mary_G, Mar 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Very nice dinner. We enjoyed talking with the crew and other passengers and seeing the beautiful lights of the city from the water!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours to the bridge tend to fill up quickly in the peak season (summer), so book ahead.

  • To see the bridge from the water, catch a North Shore-bound ferry from downtown Auckland.

  • The bridge is quite exposed to the elements, so take plenty of layers and sunscreen if climbing the bridge.

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How to Get There

The Auckland Harbour Bridge connects Saint Marys Bay on the Auckland city side to Northcote on the North Shore. To drive across, follow the road signs on State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. To catch a bus, get on a North Shore-bound bus from Central Auckland. For any other kind of access, your tour company will usually transfer you from a downtown location or agreed meeting point.

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When to Get There

The bridge is open 24/7, except during roadwork, and can be drive at any time. It tends to get congested on weekdays during morning and evening rush hours. Guided tours giving pedestrian access generally run during normal working hours, excluding public holidays.

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Bungy Jump Off the Harbour Bridge

If climbing the bridge seems a bit too tame, consider bungy jumping off it instead. The extreme sport was born in New Zealand, so there’s hardly a better place to try it. The bridge sits 143 feet (44 meters) above the water, and as you plunge toward it you can enjoy the views of the sea, city, islands, and hills in the distance.

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