A report on Waitematā Harbour

A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland City skyline from the Waitematā Harbour
The eastern edge of Herne Bay, one of the wooded beach reserves typical of the harbour.
A container ship sailing out of the harbour
The Auckland waterfront, one of the most popular areas of Waitematā Harbour
A sketch by John Johnson (1794-1848) of Waitematā Harbour as seen from the suburb of Ponsonby
Waitematā Harbour with the Sky Tower and Maungawhau / Mount Eden (behind Sky Tower) in the centre, as seen from the North Shore somewhere between Bayswater Marina (left) and the Harbour Bridge (out of frame, to the right).

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A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge

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Auckland

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Large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand.

Large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand.

Print of a painting of Auckland port, 1857
Queen Street (c.1889); painting by Jacques Carabain. Most of the buildings depicted were demolished during rampant modernisation in the 1970s.
Looking east over the area that became Wynyard Quarter with the Auckland CBD in the middle distance, c. 1950s.
The urbanised extent of Auckland (red),
Satellite view of the Auckland isthmus and Waitematā Harbour
A view over Chelsea Sugar Refinery's lower dam towards Auckland Harbour Bridge and the CBD
The volcanic Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, with the remnant of Takaroro / Mount Cambria in the foreground (yellow, grassy reserve) . Viewed from Takarunga / Mount Victoria over Devonport.
Asians are Auckland's fastest growing ethnic group. Here, lion dancers perform at the Auckland Lantern Festival.
St Matthew-in-the-City, a historic Anglican church in the Auckland CBD
Projection of the Auckland Region's population growth to 2031
Pedestrians on Vulcan Lane in the CBD
The modern section of the Auckland Art Gallery, completed in 2011
Albert Park in central Auckland
View from the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden
Landmark House
The twin towers of the National Bank Centre are among the tallest buildings in Auckland
Terraced housing built in 1897 as residential buildings and associated place houses for John Endean
Auckland Town Hall entrance on Queen Street
Old Government House, former residence of the Governor
The University of Auckland clock tower building is a 'Category I' historic place, completed in 1926
Railway lines serve the western, southern and eastern parts of the city from the Britomart Transport Centre.
Aerial view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland CBD skyline and Harbour Bridge at sunset.
The International Terminal at Auckland International Airport
Otahuhu Power Station's 404MW combined cycle turbine, also known as Otahuhu B

The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitematā Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.

Epsom rock forest/Almorah rock forest, an ecosystem that once covered much of the Auckland isthmus (pictured: lava rock forest remnant at Withiel Thomas Reserve, Newmarket)

Auckland isthmus

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Narrow stretch of land on the North Island of New Zealand in the Auckland Region, and the location of the central suburbs of the city of Auckland, including the CBD.

Narrow stretch of land on the North Island of New Zealand in the Auckland Region, and the location of the central suburbs of the city of Auckland, including the CBD.

Epsom rock forest/Almorah rock forest, an ecosystem that once covered much of the Auckland isthmus (pictured: lava rock forest remnant at Withiel Thomas Reserve, Newmarket)
Wetlands and swamps surrounded by Cordyline australis (cabbage trees / tī kōuka) formed in many of the unforested areas of the isthmus (pictured: Cabbage Tree Swamp in Sandringham, circa 1910)
Terracing on Maungawhau / Mount Eden, one of the most populated locations on the isthmus during the Waiohua confederation of the 17th and 18th centuries
Kūmara (sweet potato) was widely grown on the isthmus during the pre-European period, and stored in rua kūmara (storehouses) (pictured: storehouse pit remnants on Te Tatua-a-Riukiuta)
The Auckland and Parnell settlements on the isthmus in the 1860s, as seen in a watercolour by Edward Harker
A pictoral map of the Auckland isthmus circa 1860, looking south from the city of Auckland towards the settlements of Ōtāhuhu and Onehunga
The proposed Waitematā-Manukau harbour canal, along the Whau River (1907)
Fiat 500s being manufactured at Ōtāhuhu in 1966. By 1967, New Zealand had one of highest per capita car ownership rates in the world.
The morning traffic rush on the Auckland Northern Motorway in 1975.
Aotea Square in the 1990s, showing the Edwardian Auckland Town Hall surrounded by newly built high rise buildings
A 1914 map of the Auckland isthmus, composed of the city of Auckland and surrounding boroughs/road boards, composing what was known as Eden County.

The isthmus is located between two ria (drowned river valleys), the Waitematā Harbour to the north, which opens to the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana and Pacific Ocean, and the Manukau Harbour to the south, which opens to the Tasman Sea.

North Shore, New Zealand

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View over the Waitematā Harbour towards Birkenhead, connected by the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Sentinel is a luxery residential skyscraper in Takapuna

The North Shore is part of the large urban area of Auckland, New Zealand, located to the north of the Waitematā Harbour.

Ports of Auckland

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Auckland Council-owned company administering Auckland's commercial freight and cruise ship harbour facilities.

Auckland Council-owned company administering Auckland's commercial freight and cruise ship harbour facilities.

Containers and container cranes on Fergusson Wharf
The iconic "Red Fence", the southern edge (customs border) of Captain Cook wharf, on Quay Street
Newly imported cars waiting to be inspected at one of the car yards.
Ports of Auckland Open Weekend on Auckland Anniversary Weekend in 2019
A roll-on/roll-off ship at Captain Cook Wharf, with in the background
A cruise ship at Princes Wharf, Auckland's Overseas Passenger Terminal
The current centre of the working port is further east than in historical times. Visible here are the wharves near the site of the current Auckland Ferry Terminal in 1905.
Cranes on Jellicoe Wharf in 1960

Ports of Auckland Limited operates seaports on the Waitematā Harbour and the Manukau Harbour, and four freight hubs (inland ports), in South Auckland, Palmerston North, Mount Maunganui and the Waikato.

Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen from the North Shore looking toward Auckland City

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen from the North Shore looking toward Auckland City
The bridge under construction in 1958
Support structure under the bridge
The Auckland CBD skyline and Harbour Bridge at sunset
The barrier transfer machine moving the barrier for the afternoon/evening traffic rush
Auckland Harbour Bridge seen from above.
Protesters in favour of a walk and cycleway surge onto the bridge, May 2009.
The bridge north-west from the Sky Tower

The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane motorway bridge over the Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Auckland waterfront.

Auckland waterfront

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The Auckland waterfront.
The Auckland waterfront in 1912, with steam ferries at the ferry quay.
Plan of the Auckland waterfront ca. 1930, with the older coastline of 1841 also shown as a darker line.
Shipbuilding and other marine companies abound on the Western Reclamation, next to industrial uses.

The Auckland waterfront (rarely the Auckland harbourfront) is a city-side stretch of the southern Waitematā Harbour coastline in Auckland, New Zealand.

True-colour image showing the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana, with Auckland (left) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right), by NASA's Terra satellite, 2002.

Hauraki Gulf

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Coastal feature of the North Island of New Zealand.

Coastal feature of the North Island of New Zealand.

True-colour image showing the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana, with Auckland (left) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right), by NASA's Terra satellite, 2002.
Sunset view of The Noises viewed from Waiheke Island
Farmland and native bush on Ponui Island
An orca swims in Waitematā Harbour, with Auckland CBD in the background.
A Bryde's whale with a watching vessel.
Sunset over the Hauraki Gulf
View from Rotoroa Island, facing southwest over the inner Hauraki Gulf

The first of these was a river formed by two tributaries, the Mahurangi River and Waitematā Harbour (then a river) acting as tributaries.

Auckland CBD

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Geographical and economic heart of the Auckland metropolitan area.

Geographical and economic heart of the Auckland metropolitan area.

The Dilworth Building, one of the few remaining stately older buildings along Queen Street
Aerial view of the CBD
The CBD economy is dominated by Ports of Auckland and by business and financial support services.
Late 2000s apartment block on Nelson Street, considered by some to be an "eyesore". Many of these buildings saw strong criticism – and sometimes lack of tenant interest – due to perceived problems with building quality, lack of urban design and too-small unit sizes (with a bylaw banning very small units coming in only in 2005).
Symonds Street of the Auckland CBD overlooking the Auckland University of Technology (middle) and the University of Auckland (right).
The Auckland Ferry Terminal on the waterfront
View over Auckland CBD from the Sky Tower
View of Auckland CBD from North Shore City

Bounded by several major motorways and by the harbour coastline in the north, it is surrounded further out by mostly suburban areas; it is bounded on the North by Waitematā Harbour, east by Parnell, southeast by Grafton, south by Mount Eden, southwest by Newton, west by Freemans Bay and northwest by Viaduct Harbour.

Satellite view of the Manukau Harbour

Manukau Harbour

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Satellite view of the Manukau Harbour
The Manukau Harbour Heads in 1960. The area in the foreground has since naturally filled with sand past the rock to the right of the photo.

For this reason, along with the harbour's shallowness, it is not Auckland's favoured port, and, with only one short wharf, the facilities at Onehunga are tiny compared to the other Ports of Auckland facilities on the Waitematā Harbour along the northeast of the isthmus.

Whau River

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The Whau River is an estuarial arm of the southwestern Waitemata Harbour (rather than a river) within the Auckland metropolitan area in New Zealand.