at Curran Street
1001 Auckland, New Zealand
tel: +64 9 979 7070
NileGuide Expert tip:
It should go without saying to avoid the bridge at rush hour. However, if you do have to travel at that time, bring a camera. You might see a bungy jumper or (especially Wednesday and Friday) you might find yourself with the best seat in town for the evening yacht races.
The Harbour bridge is an iconic Auckland sight stretching slightly over a kilometer of the Waitemata Harbour and connecting the CBD to the North Shore. While it is likely that you will travel over it on your stay, you should at least catch a glimpse of the 8 lane structure. At the apex, there are flag poles on each side that proudly fly the New Zealand flag for all to see. If you are travelling over it, as always pay attention to the road. However, when you can pull your eyes off the road going southbound, check out the beautiful visage of Auckland City and especially Westhaven Marina where there are more than 1,900 berths making it one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Royal Yacht Squadran, one time home of the America's Cup, is also situated below you on your drive. As you move northbound, check out the pink building on your left, the historic Chelsea Sugar Refinery. There is more to do on the Harbour Bridge than just drive over it. For the adventure lover's you can choose to Bungy jump from a purpose built platform or join in on one of the Auckland Bridge Climb excursions. This isn't just any walk. It's a 1 ½ hour escorted tour over, under and through the bridge.
Auckland Harbour Bridge by Mitchell_Hall on Flickr