Auckland’s 1st gift to the world: Waitemata Harbour


Auckland: The City Of Sails

It is the Waitemata Harbour that has earned Auckland the much-prized appellation ‘The City Of Sails’. The harbour opens out into the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to east side of isthmus that Auckland straddles. Surrounded by water (Manukau Harbour is just 2km to the west at the narrowest point), Auckland has one of the highest rates of boat ownership in the world and a sunny weekend will ensure the water is crowded with craft of all shapes and sizes, from the humblest dinghy or kayak to the America’s Cup Class yachts of Team New Zealand. Those without access to a boat or who turn green at the thought of being out on the water can always watch the activity from the bars and restaurants of the The Viaduct.

Twenty one years ago, the harbour made news headlines around the world for altogether more controversial reasons. The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was sabotaged and sunk by two mines placed by Captain Dominique Prieur and Major Alain Mafart, high-ranking agents of the DGSE, the French Secret Service.

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