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Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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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$100.66 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience !
That was amazing experience! Thank you team for everything. Food and service was amazing. My husband really enjoyed steering and all the trip was full of positive emotions ❤️🧡💛really worth it!
Kateryna_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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A Wild Ride in High Winds
Nichola_T, Dec 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The food and company were great. We had strong winds once we got out of the harbour, and as it was our first time sailing, I was convinced that we were about to capsize. We sailed at a sharp angle on the return trip, with the occasional slap of an icy wave in the face. I couldn’t decide if I was exhilarated or almost dying from fright. One thing is certain: we will never forget the experience.
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Amazing 😻
Divya_K, Aug 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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 🤩
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Exhilarating and memorable!!
Sylvia_M, Jan 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
An 81st birthday treat for my husband. This was a wonderful experience which was more than we’d expected. The expert handling of the boat allowed us to enjoy an exhilarating sail!! Tacking on the return to harbour was superb—exciting and great fun. I’m not a keen water person and was not sure how I’d react to this. I loved it !! Canapes were delicious but it was barely a “dining experience “. That said it was a tasty bowl and dessert. Thanks to the lovely guys who looked after us— Jesse and Pippa. We would recommend this trip.
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Wonderful Auckland Harbor Sail
Steven_B, 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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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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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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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.
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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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Sunset delight
Robert_H, 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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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Wendy_S, 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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Relaxing cruise and good food!
Richard_W, 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 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.

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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Trip ideas


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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