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A city on an isthmus, surrounded by water, on an island, separating the Tasman Sea from the Pacific Ocean, discovered by ocean-goers... It was inevitable that Auckland would become the City of Sails.
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137 Westhaven Dr, Westhaven, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Even if you're not a water baby, it will be hard to resist the charms of the Waitemata Harbour. Auckland is New Zealand's sailing capital, and as previous host of two America's Cup regattas as well as being a Round the World Yacht Race stopover,...
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Auckland, New Zealand
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture, and a passion for outstanding food,...
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Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The two 80-foot America’s Cup racing yachts operated by ExploreNZ in Auckland were originally used as prepatory boats for the New Zealand race team at Valencia. It’s just plain nasty as we head out into Hauraki Gulf. The rain is falling in a...
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Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand
The gateway into Auckland in the Waitemata Harbour. Sprawling along the downtown area, and traversed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge (which you can climb if you're feeling adventurous), it's a good reminder of how close Auckland is to the sea. Here...
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Pier 4, 139 Quay Street,, Downtown Auckland, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
Our day began at Pier 4. It was slightly overcast, but plenty mild for a chartered boat excursion on the harbor. It was day one of five in Auckland, and we wasted no time getting familiar. The afternoon was perfect. We hired a boat for the day and...
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Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is just a 30-minute ferry from Auckland. After a day of wine tasting and beach walks, we woke to an amazing sunrise over Oneroa Bay.
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Okahu St, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Sure, it’s not the biggest fish in the world. But if the catch isn’t what you expect at Okahu Wharf you can always pick up some “fush & chups” from a shop. This is where the locals cast a line out early in the morning, using the littles as bait to...
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Bowen Ln, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
How ironic, we chartered a boat to leisurely sail the Auckland harbor the same day as the scheduled Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta in March 2010. I didn't realize the magnitude of the event at the time and simply thought the boats were...
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Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
If you're looking for something outdoorsy to do on a beautiful day in Auckland, this is it. Book a 1.5 hour sailing cruise through the Explore Group, and you won't be disappointed. Sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the gorgeous skyline while...