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Viaduct Basin, Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9 300 6682
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be prepared to have a good time. The nightlife in the area can run quite late and it is very crowded on the weekends. Inquire ahead as there are many exhibitions in the summer time and you might be able to stop by for some free entertainment.
In a formerly run-down area of the Auckland waterfront, a village was created to capture the spirit of Auckland's first America's Cup defense. Where once there were old car auction yards, now there is Auckland's most vibrant bar, restaurant and entertainment area. Whether you want to sit back, sip a cold beverage and watch the boats (people too) or you want to join in the adventure by getting on a boat, the Viaduct Harbour has something for you. This is the first point of entry for many as the cruise ships dock just around the corner. The area features numerous bars (try Danny Doolans for the atmosphere or O'Hagan's for the view), fantastic restaurants (Soul and Euro to name the two best) and some water based entertainment you cannot get anywhere else. If you have ever wondered what an America's Cup yacht truly feels like, get down to Sail NZ's booth and book your trip on the America's Cup yachts. Everyone that wants a turn can get behind the wheel and steer it on the Harbour that twice contested the race. If you are more of a spectator, opt for the Dolphin and Whale Safari. A fantastic day out in the Hauraki Gulf watching the dolphins (rules generally limit your ability to be in the water with them, but it might be your lucky day) and chasing whales. The commentary is fantastic and the marine life is always a delight. For longer stays, there is always the Sebel Suites hotel where you can relax on your own verandah and watch the sun set over the Harbour Bridge.