Hit the water
Go sea kayaking and explore the nearby islands or get your thrills with a knuckle-biting jet boat ride on the Waitemata Harbour; however you do it, get out and make the most of the waters that surround Auckland.
JET BOATING: Thrill seekers of all ages will love the adrenaline-inducing high speed manoeuvres a jet boat ride offers. Head to the downtown waterfront, next to the Ferry Building, and enjoy a supercharged ride on the Waitemata Harbour with Auckland Adventure Jet. Sweeping fishtails, spins and power brakes make the experience fast and fun for all with a few stops at significant landmarks thrown in so you can catch your breath.
SURF LESSONS: Thinking of learning to surf? Auckland is the place to start with many surf schools and perfect waves both on the east and west coast of the city. Surf the Elements Tours’ offers one and two day lessons suitable for all ages and abilities. Their lessons are based mainly at Piha Beach, one of the best surfing spots in the country, and delivered under the keen eye of internationally-qualified instructors. Return transfers to central city, wet suit and surf board are included in the price of the lessons.
SAILING: From high-speed hands-on racing boats to luxurious yachts, don’t give sailing a miss in the City of Sails. Enjoy a hands-on sailing adventure on-board an authentic America’s Cup yacht with the Explore Group or sit back and enjoy the cityscapes on their Auckland Harbour or Dinner Sailing .
FISHING CHARTERS: Auckland's clear waters and protected marine environment make it a hotspot for a variety of fish, and attracts anglers of all levels of skill. You can find the perfect catch on one of the many fishing charters available in the city, including New Zealand Fishing Safaris Ltd, recommended by New Zealand Fishing News magazine and departing from the Westhaven Marine in Central City or try Time Unlimited Tours’ unique Kite Fishing tours where you’ll use kites to carry your baited hooks to the fish.
KAYAKING: Paddle to remote islands or go in search of dolphins; kayaking is a great way to get close to nature and enjoy Auckland’s superb marine environment. Auckland Sea Kayaks , rated #1 water activity in Auckland by TripAdvisor, offer a number of tours including a Sensational Sunset Tour where you paddle to Rangitoto Island to see a spectacular Auckland sunset from its summit before kayaking back towards the sparkling city lights.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING: Another novel way to explore the harbour is Stand Up Paddle Boarding – it’s like “walking on water”, low impact and lots of fun. Mission Bay Watersports , based 15 minutes from the city centre in Mission Bay, offer lessons and tours on top-end boards under the keen eye of qualified instructors. Must try!