Auckland Ferry Building

Fullers Ferries

Fullers operate ferry services throughout the Auckland regions from their base at the Ferry Terminal, located at the bottom of Queen Street. Commuter services criss-cross the harbour, an inexpensive way to see Auckland from the water, and their Auckland Harbour Cruise covers all the main points of interest over an hour and a half, with a full commentary provided. Fullers also provide ferry services to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, including the active volcanic cone of Rangitoto, Waiheke Island with its vineyards and beaches, and Motuihe Island where an active conservation project has seen over 22,000 trees planted and the release of 15 little spotted Kiwi. www.fullers.co.nz

Tiritiri Matangi Island - Fullers

Auckland Whale AND Dolphin Safari

For over 17 years Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari have been sharing the incredible natural beauty of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park - home to resident populations of whales, dolphins, seabirds and visited by one third of all marine mammal species found on earth. Departing directly from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland, the crew will welcome you aboard their purpose-built research vessel the ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for an unforgettable eco-safari. With regular sightings, your odds of seeing a dolphin or a whale are really good! www.whalewatchingauckland.com

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The New Zealand Maritime Museum in the Viaduct Harbour takes visitors on a fascinating journey into the country’s seafaring past. Look for the America’s Cup ‘Big Boat’ – the entrance to the museum is adjacent. Incredible stories of ambition, courage and exploration are told, from the earliest Polynesian migrations to Aotearoa through to New Zealand’s modern day yachting success. Tours of their exhibits run at 10:30am and 1pm, free with museum admission, or set sail on the harbour on one of their three authentic heritage vessels for a small additional charge. www.maritimemuseum.co.nz

New Zealand Maritime Museum

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