auckland tours Ports of Auckland Public Tours

The Ports of Auckland provides Public Boat Tours on the Waitemata Harbour, which gives you an opportunity to view port operations from the sea. Port boat tours provide entertainment and learning opportunities for all ages.

The hour-long tours take you alongside the container terminals where you can see the big cranes and other machinery at work. The tour boat weaves in and out of the commercial wharves, while an informative commentary explains how each area operates. This is a family-friendly cruise with a commentary for all ages.


Availability: See boat tour schedule below
Time: 1 Hour
Tour Price: $5 per adult (16 years and over), children will sail free with any accompanying adult
Fitness: Easy




Bookings are essential. Call 09 307 8005.

Bookings on the Public Tours are limited to no more than 10 Auckland City rate paying passengers per booking.


Vessel boarding takes place at Pier 4, 139 Quay Street, Auckland.
For the public tours you must check-in to the 360 Discovery Ticket Office 30 minutes prior to departure to collect your boarding pass for the vessel.

Educational Groups

School group tours can be booked through the Maritime Museum on 09 373 0800. Tours cater for school children of all ages, but do not apply to tertiary institutions, language schools or holiday programmes. Play centres are unavailable to participate on these tours.

Boat Tour Schedule  

Public tours

APRIL 2017
Tuesday 18 April, 12.30pm
Monday 24  April, 12.30pm

JULY 2017
Tuesday 11 July, 12.30pm
Tuesday 18 July, 12.30pm

Tuesday 10 October, 12.30pm

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Travel Alerts


Unfortunately, due to mechanical issues all Stanley Bay ferry services have been cancelled this morning, Tuesday 28 March 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Orapiu Wharf – temporary closure

Over the past 4 months Orapiu Wharf has been partially closed due to the steps and boarding platforms requiring repair. We’ve continued operating our service by utilising the front face of the wharf, but this has come with many challenges.
Due to safety concerns for both our crew and passengers, we’ve made the decision to suspend services to the wharf until repairs are made.
Auckland Transport will undertake repairs and have advised they’ll endeavour to have these completed in order for the wharf to be operational prior to Easter.

We understand that Orapiu is a vital link for residents on Waiheke Island for travel to and from Coromandel, and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. During the time of this temporary closure, passengers will need to depart from downtown Auckland. 


If you have travel booked departing from Orapiu please contact 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005.