Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

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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. Use our Auckland trip generator to add Hauraki Gulf and other attractions to your Auckland vacation plans.
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  • Nice place full of Dolphin based is very cute and the staff you very well hard atinede 5 hours which are worth and with a bit of luck also whales can be seen
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  • The gulf is over 4,000 sqkm in size and there are over 150 islands within this magnificent marine park. It is used for sport like yachting, wind surfing, kite boarding, for leisure - ther are so many ...  more »
  • We visit this Observatory from Leigh to Auckland is a beautiful vantage point. See the Bay on one side and fields on the other side, quiet.
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