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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  • Visitors to Auckland, including New Zealanders often have no idea of the beauty of the gulf and it's islands Getting out on the gulf makes the traffic worthwhile. The work - life balance is not so bad...  more »
  • made a trip to see dolphins and the show that witnessed was incredible... them dolphins, the landscape paradise... simply heavenly
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  • The Hauraki Gulf must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, with its hundreds of off-shore islands, each with their own ambience; criss-crossed with ferries, both passenger and (in some ca...  more »