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Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience provided by Explore Group

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Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience

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With more yachts per capita than any other city, it’s easy to see how Auckland earned its nickname, the ‘City of Sails’. This cruise gives you a chance to experience Auckland from the water, as you set sail around Waitemata Harbour, Westhaven Marina, and Devonport, and enjoy spectacular views of the city.
  • Spectacular views of Auckland, Devonport, and Waitemata Harbour
  • No sailing experience required: learn the ropes from a pro crew
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Live commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
What to Expect
Meet your captain and crew at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour to board your yacht and set sail around Waitemata Harbour. On the cruise, soak up the scenery as you enjoy morning or afternoon tea on-board (coffee, tea or hot chocolate, accompanied by cake or pastry). Glide along the coast against a backdrop of Auckland’s majestic skyline and the glittering ocean. Pass landmarks including the Auckland Bridge, admire the boats in Westhaven Marina, and discover Auckland’s waterfront neighborhoods as you cruise through Devonport, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. During your cruise, take the opportunity to learn some sailing skills from the crew and perhaps take the helm and have a go at steering the ship. Your tour ends back at Viaduct Harbour.
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Important Information
1h 30m
  • 1.5-hour cruise aboard a yacht
  • Light refreshments
  • Live commentary on board
  • Use of windproof and waterproof jackets
  • Entry/Admission - Waitemata Harbour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet is also located on-board vessel
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Laurellgrubb wrote a review Feb 2020
5 contributions
Fantastic experience sailing on the harbour with Brad - very experienced and happy to share info and knowledge. Offered a chance to sail the yacht. Wonderful crew and dinner provided was great.
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HelenOberg wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions2 helpful votes
10 people on board this trip which meant comfortable seating and enough time for those who wanted to have a chance to steer. Brett and Chantelle were perfect hosts. Friendly and knowledgeable. Due to the unavoidable cancellation of another tour company Explore Tours were very
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AmericaOverEasy wrote a review Feb 2020
Newport, Australia260 contributions93 helpful votes
The winds were brisk, and our crew was keen to give us the feel of the heel. Each child and adult had a turn at the helm, and it was a brilliant way to spend a waterfront few hours... tgo saiing the crew is relaxed and 'pros' at how it goes... Our skipper was 'Brad' and his
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from ExploreGroup, Public Relations Manager at Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Happy to deliver plenty of water-oriented happyness - this is what our crew live for! Thanks for taking the time to review your experience, we will pass on your kind words to our crew.
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Itinerantnomads wrote a review Jan 2019
Bridgman, Michigan65 contributions9 helpful votes
We took the dinner cruise. It lasted about 2 1/2 hours and it went very well. Plenty of opportunities for the passengers to pilot the 50 ft sloop. The food was very good, the crew were great. I would definitely recommend this trip.
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kfv333 wrote a review Mar 2018
West Frankfort, Illinois2 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want a great overview of Auckland, there is no better place to start than the harbor, and no better way to view it than from your own sailboat. Crew was very fun, informative, and personable. We will do this again......and again!
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About the operator

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By: Explore Group
What a WAY to GO! Splendid Sailing!
Huge fun! Got to 'take the helm' and Capt. the ship! Stiff breese was nothing short of brilliant! Crew....delightfu
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America's Cup Sailing Experience
We were in Auckland about a week before lockdown started, so already tourism was down as cruise ships were no longe
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Great sailing experience
A must for all sailors! Very well organized with friendly crew who facilitate and encourage participation in sailin
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It does not get much better than this ...
Auckland Harbor, sailboat, great crew and perfect weather = Great experience. The twin sailboat sunset dinner cruis
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Beautiful evening
We only had a day and a half in Auckland and chose to do this dinner cruise on the first night. The weather was per
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Amazing Sunset & Gourmet Dinner Sail
Amazing setting, food and staff! Very professional, beautiful, safe, comfortable, fun and totally enjoyable. Well w
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Short but sweet
I read how some on previous sails complained not enough wind. We had too much wind so our “race adventure “ was sho
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WOW Great Sailing experience
I was skeptical about a 25 year old retrofitted America’s Cup boat being much of a sail. Was I wrong. In a light br
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Have just done the 2 hour America’s cup sail on Auckland harbour. It was a great experience. We have never sailed b
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Everyone got to sail
About a 4 to 5 hour sail on the 1997 America's Cup boat. Briefing and we are off. Crew (everyone is asked to help c
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Great Evening!!
Myself and my partner had a great time on the Dinner Cruise! The staff were amazing and very helpful. The views of
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Romantic Evening
Beautiful boat, seasoned Captain, and very friendly staff serving drinks/dinner. The tour captures the harbor and
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Auckland Harbor Cruise
Recommend you take this tour. Great people and very smart about how they serve the food on the moving boat. The tou
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Thursday afternoon match race is a must
If you have ever been on the starting line in a sailboat race (it doesn’t matter if you were in an Optimist Pram or
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Kimberly W
Fun day out on the water
Friendly, fun crew. Beautiful boat and beautiful bay. And the sailing was epic. We learned a lot, worked a little a
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Key Details
  • Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Harbour Bridge, and 3 more
  • Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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