Waitemata Harbour Auckland - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Taken from the rear of the passenger ferry between Auckland and Devonport, this image gives a view of Waitemata Harbour and channel, looking back onto central Auckland itself.
Waitemata Harbour Auckland - FURTHER INFORMATION
Waitemata Harbour Auckland - Auckland visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Waitemata Harbour Auckland' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater Auckland.
Waitemata Harbour is the main access by sea to Auckland and is often referred to as Auckland Harbour. Crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it connects the city with the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific Ocean. The harbour covers some 70 square miles and is protected from ocean storms by North Shore, Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island. The harbours name is from the Maori Wai te Mataa meaning sparkling waters referring to the resemblance of the waters to obsidian volcanic glass.
Geographically, Waitemata Harbour extends for 18km westward from Rangitoto Channel, starting between North Head and Bastion Point. Within it is the main port for Auckland, though many of the wharfs and quays, like Viaduct Harbour and Freemans Bay, have been redeveloped in recent years with luxury housing, hotels and restaurants.