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Auckland Harbour Cruise

Harbour Cruise starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

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Tour Itinerary

Cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and learn about the city's best-loved landmarks with full commentary from the knowledgeable crew. The cruise includes a free return trip to Devonport and a brief stopover at volcanic Rangitoto Island. Imagine the thrill in standing on a dormant, giant volcano which last erupted 600 years ago. Rangitoto Island is a must do when in Auckland and a pleasant ferry journey on the 'City of Sails' harbour.

This tour gives a fish-eye view of the Harbour Bridge; the city skyline; Devonport’s historic naval base; Bean Rock Lighthouse; and panoramic views of Rangitoto Island. The crew will serve you with afternoon tea (a hot drink and a muffin).

Your free return ticket to Devonport can be used whenever you like - it doesn't have to be the same day. Hop across the harbour to Auckland’s ‘marine suburb’ and spend some time exploring delightful shops, cafes and galleries.

Tour Highlights
  • Glorious return ferry trip through the Gulf to Rangitoto Island
  • Stepping on the shore of a giant dormant volcano
  • Informative and friendly commentary
  • Fabulous views with seagulls "squawking" overhead
  • Flexible free return pass to Devonport, which can be used anytime
Schedule & Duration
  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal
  • Departure Time: 10:30am or 1:30pm
  • Duration: 1.5 hours (or longer with open return ticket to Devonport)
  • Return Details: Tour concludes at Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal
  • Closed: Christmas Day
Tour Inclusions
  • Ferry to Rangitoto Island
  • Return ferry pass to Devonport
  • Informative and friendly commentary
Important Information
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher
General Information
  • Child ages are 5-15 years inclusive (0-5 years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • A full bar and cafe is available onboard
  • On sunny days bring sunscreen, hat & sun glasses, as Auckland can get surprisingly hot
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary
  • Maximum passengers is 240

This is a specialised small group tour. It is designed to give the visitor an intimate and memorable experience of Auckland’s wilderness without any impact on the environment and wildlife. Each tour is led by an experienced guide with extensive knowledge of native flora and fauna and an awareness for client and environmental safety.

Enhance Your Visit To New Zealand

If you are joining one of our independent coach tours, escorted coach tours, short break holidays or self drive tours and have a free day or two, why not add the 'Auckland Harbour Cruise' to your New Zealand itinerary?

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Auckland Harbour Cruise Reviews

Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 13 Reviews. Average Rating 4.4 of 5.

  • 5Great commentary, smooth ride, educational. The only unfortunate aspect was the weather, but it did fine up towards the end of the cruise. I'd recommend to anyone visiting Auckland.

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    - 25/06/2016
  • 5Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Knowledgeable commentary, friendly crew. Prompt departure etc. Well done.

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    - 02/03/2016
  • 5I enjoyed seeing a lot in a relaxed but relatively moderate time. Great if you don't want to tour all day, but get an idea of the area. I really enjoyed the free ferry offer from Davenport to Russell then back to Auckland. Very nice.

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    - 03/05/2014
  • 4The commentary was great, we learned a lot being Aucklanderers. The crew members were very friendly and helpful, but the stop in Rangitoto Island was way too short, we only just managed to get off the boat, and walked to the entrance, then had to walked back straight away. I think at least half an hour stop would be better.

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    - 08/03/2014
  • 5Nice cruise around the harbour with friendly and informative crew/staff.

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    - 07/12/2013
  • 5Really enjoyed the trip. Lovely views. Learnt a lot from the tour guide/narrator he was very good. Cheers.

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    - 06/09/2013
  • 113 of us took this tour, at least the weather was good and the scenery was nice to look at. The commentary was low and very difficlut to understand We were very dissapointed.

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    - 19/02/2013
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  • 4Really enjoyed being on the harbour, the stopover at Rangitoto was short but suited what I was looking for (chance to explore as much as I could in the short time I had in Auckland). The tour includes a free return trip to Devonport, I wish I'd have known in advance that I could swap my voucher for my harbour cruise ticket the day before the cruise so I could have used the Devonport trip when I had some time earlier in the day. But overall really enjoyed it!

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    - 21/04/2012
  • 5This was a lovely cruise around the harbour. The commentry was very informative and pointed out the various places of interest. The morning tea available was a really nice touch. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to everyone.

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    - 29/12/2011
  • 5Absolutely brilliant - most informative.

    - 04/03/2011
  • 4It was very well commentated and interesting. I especially enjoyed the trip to the volcanic island. Using the voucher in exchange for a ticket worked very well, but I would have preferred to know ahead of time that the voucher was not a ticket and was subject to availabilty. (Ed. Your voucher is a ticket and not suject to availability - sometime the staff onboard need a little training! Glad you enjoyed it!)

    - 27/02/2010
  • 5We think, the tour was really very good. Nothing we missed out. Complimentry Devonport tour was excellent. Once again thanks.

    - 08/01/2010
  • 4Excellent overview of the harbour.

    - 08/01/2009