from the Pride of Auckland office in the New Zealand Maritime Museum,
corner Hobson and Quay Street. Vessels depart from nearby wharf. Departures
are very rarely cancelled due to weather as Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
is protected and has calm water even in strong winds.
City of Sails
sailing experience: First departure 10am then generally hourly in daylight
hours, subject to demand. Sailing the New Zealand Way luncheon cruise:
Departs 1.00pm, returns 2.30pm. Sailors Delight coffee cruise: Departs
3.00pm, returns 4.30pm. Dining Afloat dinner cruise: Departs 7.00pm, returns
of Sails 45 to 50 minutes; Sailing the New Zealand Way 1 hour 30 minutes;
Sailors Delight 1 hour 30 minutes; Dining Afloat 2hours 30 minutes.
in the 1980s, Pride of Auckland has four purpose built 15 metre Harbour
Challenge monohull yachts weighing 19 tonnes with 6 tonnes of lead in
the keel. They are very stable and specifically designed to stay upright
even in very strong winds. With a maximum sightseeing capacity of 21,
Challenger and Courageous seat 19 in restaurant comfort below deck,
Defender and Defiance 21.
are a great way to see Auckland from a very different perspective from
the water and make is easy to understand why more Auckland people own
sailboats and yachts than any other community in the world.
and windproof jackets on all cruises if required. Expert commentary.
Picnic or cooked lunches on Sailing the New Zealand Way luncheon cruise.
Tea or coffee and a fresh muffin on the Sailors Delight coffee cruise.
Four course fixed menu seafood dinner on Dining Afloat cruises (alternatives
available with prior notice). All vessels have bar facilities.
of Auckland sailing excursions combine the pleasure of a true sailing
experience with comfort and safety. Its craft are built for maximum
stability, so much so the company says no passenger has ever suffered
By day or
night, you will enjoy the beauty of Waitemata Harbour and take a turn
at the helm. If you choose the dinner cruise, you will be served dinner
while the yacht is at anchor.
company also operates Pride of Auckland, a 60 foot cruising catamaran
which is available for charter with full catering and bar facilities.