Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central

4.9
#8 of 12 in Nature in Auckland Central
Nestled into the coast of North Island, Hauraki Gulf and its islands represent one of the country's most ecologically diverse and rich areas. Much of the gulf is a designated marine park, which around 25 species of marine mammals call home. When taking ferries between the islands, keep your eyes peeled for schools of dolphins and orca whales, a relatively common sight. Many of the islands themselves serve as official or unofficial bird sanctuaries, providing a safe haven for critically endangered species. Make sure to pack a bathing suit as the area's beaches are renowned for their swimming and surfing opportunities. Gourmands may want to check out the wineries or breweries on Waiheke Island, the largest in the sound. Plan your visit to Hauraki Gulf and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Auckland Central online holiday maker .
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  • September 20, 2017
    Overall: Definitely a must to go through the Gulf on one of the Ferries, expecially the one to Waiheke Island. Postiives: Beautiful water and views. Negatives: None. Neutrals: None  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Whether you have a boat or if you are just traveling by one of the many ferries, you will not be disappointed with the Gulf. There's plenty of islands and bays you can swim in plus the fishing is fant...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Essential Auckland with its islands dotted around, and some easy to access with fast ferries, or watch the sailing boats  more »

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