Auckland Harbor Bridge Climb
If you drive to the starting point yourself, please allow 2 hours for the whole experience.
Transportation from The Viaduct/Maritime Museum, please allow roughly 2.5 hours for the whole experience.
Tour Participation Requirements
Before the Harbor Bridge went up, the trip from downtown Auckland to the North Shore of Waitemata Harbor required a 30-mile roundabout drive or a ferry ride. Today, that same harbor crossing takes just a few minutes by car or bus – and provides commuters with some pretty awesome views.
But for the true showstopper vistas, you need to get off the roadway and onto the walkway – on an Auckland Bridge Climb. With guided access to an exclusive series of catwalks and stairways, you'll soon find that the higher you go on this massive steel arch, the more incredible the scenery gets.
The panorama at the summit is incomparable – like being on the roof of a 20-story building, except without the building under your feet. Just a narrow ribbon of steel tracing the apex of the bridge, with little between you, the sky, and the water far below. The entire skyline of central Auckland stretches out in the distance, with the Sky Tower as its exclamation point.
Even with railings to hold on to, the sensation is a serious thrill; one that unfolds slowly and lasts a long time. In that sense, it's totally different from the seconds-long, high-adrenaline rush those bungy-jumpers experience as they leap from the launch pod below.
But keep in mind, life is all about embracing the differences: The climb and jump don't have to be either-or challenges. With just a little planning, you can you can experience the bridge high and low, fast and slow.
Clip-ons untie traffic
Back in 1959, the Harbor Bridge's designers did something urban engineers often do: They woefully underestimated the city's growth rate and the daily traffic load. Within a decade, the bridge's four lanes were hopelessly clogged. The ungainly solution: doubling capacity by adding a pair of prefabricated two-lane "clip-ons" on each side of the roadway. It worked, sort of. Problem is, clip-ons have a life expectancy. And these two are approaching the end of theirs.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.