Board a comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach for a two hour drive through Auckland's lovely downtown area. Note the contrast between the city's modern structures with the restored Victorian buildings in the suburbs. Your drive takes you through Parnell Village, featuring trendy shops, boutiques, and an exceptional collection of art galleries in restored colonial-era buildings. Continue past Auckland Domain, home of beautiful manicured gardens and the stately Auckland War Memorial Museum. Travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and have a photo stop at a scenic location.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. The bond between New Zealand and the ocean is presented, preserved, and celebrated in this exceptional museum. A wonderful introduction to your exploration is the short film "Te Waka; Our Great Journey," which retraces the steps of the first settlers to sail to New Zealand some 1,000 years ago. Then, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, browse the galleries and exhibits detailing the nautical history of New Zealand from the earliest Polynesian settlers to today. An extensive collection of models, photographs, books, drawings, and artifacts are displayed for your enjoyment.
Next, board the Ted Ashby for a 45-minute harbour cruise and sail the sparkling waters of Waitemata harbour. You'll cruise to Westhaven, the main mooring of Auckland's luxury yachts, then sail past the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the inner harbour where you may have the opportunity to steer the yacht yourself!
After your sail, your guide will walk you through the Viaduct Harbour; sharing details of the area, built to support the America's Cup Regatta in 1999 and then again in 2003. The Viaduct Harbour is New Zealand's largest super yacht marina and the heart of Auckland's vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene.