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Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Free admission
Northern Motorway, Auckland

The Basics

The 3,348-foot-long (1,020 meter) Auckland Harbour Bridge was built in 1959 to connect the central and northern parts of Auckland. Aside from its impressive steel construction, the views from it are perhaps its greatest attraction, with hundreds of sailboats on the twinkling waters below, views of the central Auckland skyline, and Rangitoto Island’s volcanic peak in the distance.

Many visitors will cross the bridge at some point during their travels in and around Auckland. While anyone (with a license) can drive over the bridge, pedestrians only have access via a guided tour. A fun way to see the bridge and the surrounding views is to book a bridge climbing tour, which takes visitors to the top arch and away from the traffic below. Or, enjoy a scenic harbor cruise and take in views of the bridge from the water.

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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
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US$95.83 per adult
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Cruisy Auckland.
Took my sister and nephew visiting from London out on their first night in Auckland. Lovely cruise, nice simple food and canapés, friendly crew. The city lights were gorgeous. Recommended!
Jane_W, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Must do experience
CHERYL_D, Aug 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
The tour guide and crew were very welcoming. Good knowledge and very witty at times, which made the trip even more enjoyable.
star-5
Great boat and fun crew
Will_S, Jul 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
Highly recommend this sailing adventure. The crew made it fun and the boat was perfect. They even provided drinks and snacks.
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Fun
Therese_B, May 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The food and the company it was a fun night great food fun people the staff were great. The scenery was beautiful the harbour full of lights. A great way to see a part of Auckland
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Spectacular
Lisiate_M, May 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The experience was awesome loved every bit about it loved the food loved the staff and also meet a few nice people thank you for the experience
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Great vibes!
Naomi_A, Apr 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Great experience the vibe was awesome 👌 from the group I was with to the service that was provided also the skipper & crew member made it more welcoming. Dinner down stairs to eating dessert & watching the sunset 😍 loved every moment! ♥
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Awesome sunsets
Pieter_K, Mar 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The trip and boat crew were amazing. I would re - look at the menu items if it were possible as it fell short of expectations.
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Great experience!
Sharmique_B, Mar 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
Amazing hosts such a great experience! Food was amazing and the view was amazing! The lights on the harbour bridge made the experience so memorable.
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It was an amazing...
Vaidehi_P, Mar 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
It was an amazing experience Everything was awesome except main meal. Staff was really good and friendly
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It's a fabulous family...
LORENA_J, Jan 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
It's a fabulous family experience to unwind at Auckland Harbour. The food served a three couse dinner was average.
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Wonderful Auckland Harbor Sail
Steven_B, Feb 2020
Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience
Wonderful sail around Auckland Harbor. Boat had plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Great sailing experience. Crew was very nice. Everything as described. Highly recommend!
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Great experience !
Kateryna_S, Jan 2022
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
That was amazing experience! Thank you team for everything. Food and service was amazing. My husband really enjoyed steering and all the trip was full of positive emotions ❤️🧡💛really worth it!
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A Wild Ride in High Winds
Nichola_T, Dec 2021
Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner
The food and company were great. We had strong winds once we got out of the harbour, and as it was our first time sailing, I was convinced that we were about to capsize. We sailed at a sharp angle on the return trip, with the occasional slap of an icy wave in the face. I couldn’t decide if I was exhilarated or almost dying from fright. One thing is certain: we will never forget the experience.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours to the bridge tend to fill up quickly in the peak season (summer), so book ahead.

  • To see the bridge from the water, catch a North Shore-bound ferry from downtown Auckland.

  • The bridge is quite exposed to the elements, so take plenty of layers and sunscreen if climbing the bridge.

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How to Get There

The Auckland Harbour Bridge connects Saint Marys Bay on the Auckland city side to Northcote on the North Shore. To drive across, follow the road signs on State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. To catch a bus, get on a North Shore-bound bus from Central Auckland. For any other kind of access, your tour company will usually transfer you from a downtown location or agreed meeting point.

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When to Get There

The bridge is open 24/7, except during roadwork, and can be drive at any time. It tends to get congested on weekdays during morning and evening rush hours. Guided tours giving pedestrian access generally run during normal working hours, excluding public holidays.

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Bungy Jump Off the Harbour Bridge

If climbing the bridge seems a bit too tame, consider bungy jumping off it instead. The extreme sport was born in New Zealand, so there’s hardly a better place to try it. The bridge sits 143 feet (44 meters) above the water, and as you plunge toward it you can enjoy the views of the sea, city, islands, and hills in the distance.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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