Auckland Harbour Free Visitor Attractions
Auckland Harbour, correctly named the Waitemata Harbour, provides the main access by sea to Auckland City. About 70 square miles in size, the Waitemata Harbour is popular for cruises, sailing, jet boating and swimming. Hotels, restaurants and cafes dot the shores, offering stunning views over the harbour waters.
There are few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to a completely different one in just a couple of hours. The Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway is special not just for this unique fact, but that it takes you over such a huge variety of landscapes.
Head to Goat Island Marine Reserve to get up close to masses of colourful fish. Goat Island is New Zealand’s first and most accessible marine reserve and an amazing spot for snorkelling and diving. After a day in the water, stop in at the nearby community of Leigh for a bite to eat and a craft beer.
Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. An Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history, it's long been a favourite day trip for walkers. The walk takes in various lookout stops but it's the spectacular 360-degree views at the top that will ensure your efforts are greatly rewarded.
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