Sailing on Auckland Harbour, Auckland
One of must do's when you are in Auckland is take a cruise out into the harbour. Whether you just want a simple harbour cruise under the harbour bridge or if you'd like a full day in the Hauraki Gulf fishing, diving, stopping over in a quite bay for lunch. There are so many boats that will cater to your needs. One in particular is Zefiro Charters. A 60 foot luxury motor launch will take you out on half or full day tours. Expert fisherman will land you that big snapper for you to cook on the BBQ for lunch.
The trips take between 2 and 3 hours and are certainly the adventure of a lifetime !
The sailing experience starts in the Viaduct Harbor where a short safety briefing takes place by the crew. The yacht then heads out of the America's Cup Village past the syndicates and Super yachts,the sails are hoisted and passengers become the crew, encouraged to take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the action as the yacht crosses the beautiful Auckland Harbor heading towards Hauraki Gulf.
I cringe at the thought of doing any cheeky tourist attraction...and walked past the sign 4 times before I finally chose to join. It's the Louis Vutton boat from the America's Cup...and a crew of 5 guys take out a group of 8 to 10 tourists. We all have a chance to help with the sailing and bringing the sails up and down (I'm clueless on all the technical terms)
It was a hoot! Alot of hard work...but a definite highlight for the trip.
Whilst you are down around the waterfront (near the Maritime Museum) keep an eye out for The "Spirit Of New Zealand". She is a steel built barquentine, square rigged on the foremast and is operated by the Auckland based Spirit of Adventure Trust Board. Whislt she operates as a Sail training vessel for secondary school students and handicapped people from throughout New Zealand, adult voyages are also held including one day trips on the Hauraki Gulf particularly in December and January.
We spend a lazy, sunny afternoon sailing in Auckaland harbour on board the Pride of Auckland. The wind and weather is just perfect for it and we are served muffins and a hot drink, given a running commentary and the chance to take your turn at the helm. David, my dad and I all have a go, one other couple and an old lady, that's all - I find that rather surprising!