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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Auckland's waterfront area. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Auckland's busy waterfront has seen dramatic political and sporting conflict over the years, including the divisive 1951 waterfront labour dispute, the 1985 bombing of Greenpeace protest ship the Rainbow Warrior, and New Zealand's successful defence of the America's Cup sailing trophy in 1999--2000.

Strikes and labour disputes: the 1951 waterfront dispute,

The 1951 waterfront dispute,

Rainbow Warrior sunk at dock,

Sinking the Rainbow Warrior,

The America's Cup,

Auckland places: Waitematā Harbour,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T81).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Auckland Waterfront - Roadside Stories