Our port is your port

This year we’ve continued to celebrate our local communities through a diverse portfolio of events and sponsorships.


In January 2015, we opened up Captain Cook wharf for our second annual open weekend; SeePort.

Held over Auckland Anniversary weekend, the event is a three day celebration of our Port, shipping industry and maritime heritage. SeePort featured free bus and boat tours, fun rides, live music and food stalls. The event also included displays from the port and our partners, including the Royal New Zealand Navy, NZ Customs and Maritime Museum.

Over 65,000 people visited the festival over three days – three times more than in 2014. SeePort has now solidified itself as our signature event and a key part of our community outreach. SeePort 2016 is scheduled for 30 January to 1 February.




Round the Bays

For the sixth consecutive year our port was the naming sponsor of Round the Bays.

For the sixth consecutive year our port was the naming sponsor of Round the Bays. The event, in its 43rd year, is New Zealand’s largest mass participation sporting event and a celebration of Auckland’s waterfront. We’re thrilled to have just signed on to be the naming rights sponsor of the event for another three years from 2016.

The 2015 event raised a total of $260k for a variety of charities including;

  • Cancer Society
  • Barnardos
  • Youthline
  • Blind Foundation
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Auckland City Mission
  • Lifewise


Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

Our port and the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta have grown in tandem for many years.

The Regatta is one of New Zealand’s oldest sporting events and biggest one day regattas in the world. We’ve been connected to the Regatta since it began, not just through the harbour and city we belong to, but also through sponsorship. We are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of this iconic Auckland event, now for the third year. Sponsoring events like Round the Bays and the Auckland Anniversary Regatta that support healthy, active lifestyles is an important part of our company culture.

Our four tug boats raced again this year as part of the regatta; an event highlight and popular attraction for spectators also watching from our SeePort event on Captain Cook wharf.

Spirit of Adventure Trust

We continued to sponsor the Spirit of Adventure Trust this year. Our sponsorship entitles us to three berths aboard any of the Spirit of New Zealand youth voyage sailings which we open to the children of our staff.

The trust provides young New Zealanders with character development programmes that are conducted in a maritime environment. Our port is proud to support the trust and help New Zealand youth develop both maritime and life skills.


In 2014 we teamed up with Maersk Line to commission a 40ft container to be painted by leading street artists Askew One and Trust Me.

The container was painted at the 2014 SeePort event before taking a trip around the world, well documented on social media.

Following its initial stop in Philadelphia with a load of Coromandel Greenshell mussels, ArtBox paid a visit to multiple ports including, Ghana, Barcelona, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Casablanca and Melbourne. ArtBox returned home to Auckland in early 2015. We are now considering transforming the container into an educational tool to teach people about ports and the shipping industry.

Touring your port by sea

We continued to offer free community boat tours of our port and harbour, working with 360 Discovery to run these on their Tiri Kat vessel.

In the last year 10,562 people joined us on our tours operating almost every Tuesday throughout the year up from around 8,000 on the year prior. This included 4,323 passengers during the tours run over our SeePort weekend. Our tours are a great way to get a close up look at our wharves at work from the safety of a boat.

During the Auckland Heritage Festival we also ran tours for a gold coin donation on the William C Daldy steam tug taking passengers on a trip back in time. 1,341 people toured the harbour on the William C Daldy during the festival, with proceeds from the tours going to the William C Daldy Preservation Society; a volunteer organisation that works hard to keep this magnificent vessel afloat for Aucklanders to enjoy.




passengers during the tours run
over our seeport weekend

Scouts New Zealand

In 2014, Ports of Auckland teamed up with SCOUTS New Zealand as their first maritime industry partner in support of Sea Scouting, to give more young people the chance to experience the joy of sailing and water activities in safe way.

A total of $65,733 was donated to support the growth and development of Sea Scouting in Auckland and surrounds.

As a result of that support, SCOUTS New Zealand was able to provide development support to 17 Sea Scout groups (serving 161 volunteer leaders and 859 Scouts) across Auckland and the surrounding region. This saw an additional 62 young people participating in Sea Scouting (until December 2014), as well as the launch of two new Sea Scout groups in early 2015. 27 cutter sails and 19 sunburst sails were provided for the National Scout Regatta and later distributed to benefit Sea Scout groups across the region.

SCOUTS also took part in SeePort with displays and fun activities on land and sea. SCOUTS experienced a huge spike in interest from people wanting to join as a result of their exposure at SeePort so in 2015/16 Ports of Auckland will help SCOUTS develop the extra capacity they need to be able to meet demand and respond to increased interest so that Sea Scouting can continue to develop across the region.

donated to support the growth and development of sea scouting

Westpac Auckland Business Awards

Celebrating Business Excellence is the aim of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards and Ports of Auckland is pleased to sponsor the “Excellence in Exporting” category for the Central, North and South regions. We’ve been involved with the prestigious awards programme in the Central Auckland area since its launch in 2011, with 2014 being the fourth consecutive year of our sponsorship.

Turning off the lights for ANZAC Day

This year marked the 15th year our port turned off over 1,000 lights at our Waitematā Seaport during the ANZAC Day remembrance service. It’s become a tradition for us over the years and a small way for us to commemorate those that served our country. Lights were switched off this year at our Fergusson Container Terminal right through to Captain Cook Wharf.