High and dry in Auckland? Never!
Welcome to Auckland – often mistaken as New Zealand’s capital city (that honour belongs to Wellington) and affectionally known as the City of Sails.
With a population of 1.4 million it's estimated nearly half of all Aucklanders own a recreational vessel – defined as a yacht or kayak, motorised run- about or one of those multi million dollar floating gin palaces otherwise known as superyachts. Out of interest,one of the largest superyacht berthing facilities in the Pacific region is Silo Marina in downtown Auckland. Currently in berth are Serenity J, Dragonfly, Sarissa, Dardanella, Mystere, Evviva, Legacy, Pursuit, and M5 if you want to nip down and have a look.
It’s not hard to see why Aucklanders are so fond of spending time on the water– Auckland boasts a very moderate climate (no snow in this city!) plus a magnificent coast line and body of water to play in.
There are actually two harbours surrounding Auckland .Waitematā Harbour is the main access by sea into Auckland and for this reason it is often referred to as Auckland Harbour. The other is the slightly shallower, south based Manukau Harbour .
Waitemata Harbour has long been the main anchorage and port area for the Auckland area, even before European settlers arrived. It’s well sheltered by the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island plus it hasn’t any dangerous shoals or major sand bars.
The name Waitemata, in Maori, means 'obsidian glass' - spectacular waters are said to sparkle like the dark volcanic glass that early settlers found in the area.
But before you head out on the water – get your land legs sorted. Come walk with Aucky Walky Tours and discover a plethora of onshore sights – check out our Tours page.
We promise you the most informative and fun two hour tiki tour around central Auckland.