Discover the hidden treasures of the harbour

Auckland’s harbour and gulf are so full of exciting things to do, and getting there starts with a voyage on one of Auckland’s ferries.
Let us show you the adventures that await you at the end of your ferry journey – a magical day of exploration, discovery and fun.

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Birkenhead

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Birkenhead is home to several coastal bush walks and the world-famous-in-NZ Chelsea Sugar works. There is no shortage of cafes, restaurants, shopping. Approx 15min from Auckland CBD

  • Cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Shopping in Birkenhead Village/Highbury Shopping Centre
  • Leroys Bush (riverbank glowworms, birdlife)
  • Little Shoal Bay (views to bridge/city, mangroves, BBQs, outdoor ‘gym’)
  • Kauri Glen Reserve
  • NZ’s only sugar refinery/Chelsea Heritage Park (duck ponds, sculpture, bush walk, excellent views)
  • Sugar Workers Walk
  • Maori Pipi Walk
  • Highbury Heritage Walk
  • Hinemoa Park (by the wharf)
  • Kayaking (Point Paddlers)

Northcote Point

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Unwind at the historic Northcote Tavern with a late lunch in the sunshine followed by a movie at the boutique cinema, The Bridegeway. Approx 15min from Auckland CBD

  • Historic Northcote Tavern
  • Bridgeway Cinema
  • Bars/Restaurants : Sausalito/Engine Room/Stafford Road Wine Bar
  • Northcote Point Walk
  • Stokes Point (Onewa Pa) – the Northern side of the Harbour Drive
  • Northcote Domain, Jean Sampson Reserve
  • Halls Beach (southern side of the Bridgeway) – coastal walk to Little Shoal Bay
  • Antiques & Angels antique store in Queen Street
  • Fisherman’s Wharf

Stanley Bay

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Situated right next to the Naval Base, Stanley Bay provides a picturesque backdrop for paddle boarding and kayaking. Approx 15min from Auckland CBD

  • Right next to the Naval base
  • Stanley Bay Park
  • Cafe
  • Go paddle boarding or kayaking between Stanley Bay and Devonport (see the naval base up close from the harbor)

Pine Harbour

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Step off the ferry and enjoy wandering or cycling around the marina. Pine Harbour also sits on a golf course with panoramic views across the harbour. Approx 35min from Auckland CBD


Gulf Harbour

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Surrounded by 270° of ocean, Gulf Harbour is a marine delight with cafes, bars, a world class golf course and the picturesque marina.
Approx 50min from Auckland CBD

  • Explore Fairway Bay (new suburb)
  • Gulf Harbour Country Club (Lydia Ko’s home course)
  • Marina/Charter Boats
  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Yacht Club/Restaurant
  • Fishermans Rock Reserve
  • Gateway to Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Shakespear Regional Park

Half Moon Bay

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Well-known for its marina, Half Moon Bay offers a real mix of activites from walking and cycling, to great cafes and restaurants for the more laid-back visitor. Approx 45min from Auckland CBD

  • New cycleway/boardwalk to Eastern Beach
  • Pigeon Mountain Walk (volcano) incl boardwalk through the wetlands
  • Half Moon Bay East
  • Free pushbikes at Grangers Restaurant & Bar
  • Marina/Boating/FishingTours and Charters
  • Several cafes and restaurants
  • Day Spa
  • Bucklands Beach, Eastern Beach
  • Musick Point (reserve, historic radio station site, snorkelling etc)

West Harbour

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With beautiful picnic spots and the Clearwater Cove Reserve, West Harbour is the perfect destination for a family day out. Approx 35min from Auckland CBD

  • Hobsonville Marina
  • Luckens Reserve (awesome for picnics, views, walks, kids playground)
  • Waipareira Walkway
  • Clearwater Cove Reserve
  • West Harbour Circuit
  • Fishing and boating tours
  • Restaurant, Bar & Cafe

Rakino Island

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Get away from it all on “no frills” Rakino island, a rare untouched gem in the Hauraki Gulf. Baches are available for overnight stays and there are plenty of great kayaking and fishing spots. Approx 45min from Auckland CBD

  • Explore all over the island – great walking tracks
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Great spots for snorkelling and diving
  • Awesome views back to the city
  • Stay the night in a kiwi bach or lodge
  • Fantastic for fishing

Bayswater

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Bayswater is home to many cycleways and walks, and a variety of parks and reserves make it the perfect seaside picnic spot. Approx 15min from Auckland CBD

  • Explore the Marina
  • Marina park including breakwater (running, walking) and Northern Beach Park (swimming)
  • Cycleways
  • Playgrounds
  • O’Neills Park, Quinton Park, Plymouth Reserve, Philomel Reserve
  • Belmont Bay Walk
  • Cafe

Hobsonville

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See this up and coming area for yourself where you can walk and cycle around historic sites like the old airforce base, and make the most of the plentiful green spaces in between for the family to enjoy. Approx 25min from Auckland CBD

  • Explore the remains of the old airforce base
  • Explore the new suburb of Hobsonville
  • Cycling (there’s free cycles available to explore the site)
  • Start your West Auckland wine tour here
  • Cafe
  • Find out more about Hobsonville

Beach Haven

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Beach Haven makes a great choice for those looking for nature walks near the sea. There are cafes for those who want to venture further. Approx 25min from Auckland CBD

  • Shepherds Park fitness trail
  • Tui Park
  • Beach Haven Coastal Walk
  • Larkings Landing (historic wharf area)
  • Cafes and shops
  • Explore Hellyers Creek and the Mangroves
  • Views to Upper Harbour Bridge, Greenhithe and Hobsonville Point
  • Hobsonville Point is only moments across the harbour by ferry

Devonport

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Rich in history, Devonport is home to many heritage sites and buildings. It also offers plenty of choice for cafes and shopping, and beautiful white sandy beaches. Something for everyone. Approx 15min from Auckland CBD

  • Beautiful beaches (Cheltenham, Torpedo Bay)
  • Boutique/antique shopping
  • Cafes, bars, restaurants (Historic Esplanade Hotel)
  • Self-guided audio tour (i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at Devonport Wharf
  • Explore by segway (Magic Broomstick Segway Tours)
  • Historic horse and cart rides
  • Mount Victoria look out
  • North head Historic Reserve (military tunnel complex, ideal picnic spot with beautiful views of the harbour)
  • Art galleries
  • Victorian buildings and unique heritage
  • Victorian High Tea at the Peace and Plenty Inn’s Heritage Victorian Villa
  • Learn more about the NZ Navy and its history at Devonport at The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
  • Find more about Devonport

Waiheke

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You will be hard-pressed to leave this stunning island at the end of the day so why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight in one of the hundreds of baches available to rent. Approx 45min from Auckland CBD