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Auckland Heritage Festival

Each year we participate in Auckland Council’s Auckland Heritage Festival to celebrate our city's rich maritime history.

Heritage Boat Tours

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We are pleased to sponsor tours of the port and the Waitematā Harbour aboard the historic William C. Daldy steam tugboat.

The Heritage Steam Tugboat Tours let visitors take a cruise back in time, touring Auckland’s busy port aboard the historic William C. Daldy steam tug – one of the port’s first tugboats, dating back to 1935.

These 90-minute, family-friendly tours provide a close-up view of our operations along with a detailed commentary on the maritime history of Auckland and the port. Tours include a special stop at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where the William C. Daldy proved its might salvaging a piece of the bridge during its construction in 1958.

The next Auckland Heritage Festival will take place between Saturday, 24 September and Sunday, 9 October 2016. Check back for tour details closer to the time.

We also provide electronic and printed brochures for our Red Fence Heritage Walk, a self-guided walk that starts at the New Zealand Maritime Museum and ends on the Ports of Auckland observation deck.

Click here for more information on our year-round public tours.

 

Red Fence Heritage Walks

Through our self-guided Red Fence Heritage Walks, participants can learn more about the dramatic history of the stretch of waterfront marked by Ports of Auckland’s magnificent red fence.

Highlights include Te Kawau's Rock, which sits near the former tip of Rerengaoraiti (Britomart Point), the Rainbow Warrior memorial near Marsden Wharf and the final stop at the port’s observation deck overlooking our Fergusson Container Terminal.

Visitors to the port are also welcome to visit the observation deck in the Ports of Auckland building. The deck is open between 8.30am and 5.00pm on weekdays. To get a close-up view of the container terminal during the weekend, we suggest making use of the public walkway, which can be accessed near the heliport.