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This is the company for a function with a nautical theme. They can cater for parties, weddings, birthdays, Christmas functions, dinner cruises, and casino cruises. There are four boats, from the 18 metre Pacific Cat to the 44 meter Lady Wakehurst, so it should be no trouble to suit your particular needs. Prices are available on application. They also operate a fast (30 minutes) ferry service to Waiheke Island and are ideally located on the Auckland waterfront.
The ferry run to Devonport is a great way to see the bustling waterfront and port of Auckland and take in great views of the city skyline. The destination is Torpedo Wharf on the Devonport foreshore. Devonport is reminiscent of a quaint English seaside village with lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. A walk up North Head is rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the city and outer gulf islands.
The Ferry Building, in Edwardian Baroque style, was first opened in 1912 on land reclaimed from the harbor. Construction is of sandstone and brick with a Coromandel granite base. In recent years it has been elegantly refurbished for retail, (restaurant Harbourside Seafood Bar & Grill and Cin Cin on Quay can be found here) and office use, but still maintains its original function as the terminal for ferries to the North Shore and the Hauraki Gulf islands.
Located at the end of bustling Queen Street, this concrete wharf extends into the sea, parallel to the Princes Wharf. Originally a private shipping port, the city council transformed it into a tourist attraction where the visitors can capture the views of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, and admire the architectural landmarks like The Cloud, Ferry Building and the Shed 10. The wharf was a melting pot for tourists from across the world during the Rugby 2011 World Cup.
Built in 2003, the Britomart Transport Centre (B.T.C.) stands as a major hub for buses and trains in the Auckland area. There are a number of retailers in the Centre, including a florist shop, dairy shop, sushi restaurant, Fumiko Massage, and a Foreign Exchange. Every Sunday the centre holds the City Farmers Market and the facility boasts an events pavilion that holds a number of exciting events each year. Phone or check the website to see whats happening in the weeks to come.
Viaduct Harbour was developed as a base for the America's Cup yachting regatta and racing syndicate. The buzzing cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants ply their trade late into the night. The bronze plaques around the boardwalk detail the maritime history of the area. Water taxi tours of the basin are available outside the Loaded Hog Brewery - keep your eye out for luxury super yachts. The Visitor Information Centre is also based here.
SailingNZ offer a number of options for those wishing to get out onto the Waitemata Harbour. 'Learn to sail' courses run for all ages from intermediate age school children through to adults. Corporate and group sailing packages are managed as well as casual cruising for visitors to Auckland. Courses introduce basic sailing and boat handling skills, seamanship, safety, weather and knot-tying. Casual trips explore the harbor with an experienced skipper.