Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

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#7 of 9 in Nature in Auckland
Island Nature / Park
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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  • July 11, 2017
    So many beautiful spots here. There are loads of sandy beaches and views of the islands. Water is clear and blue and warm for much of the year. There are beachfront walks and beaches are not packed - ...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    Was fortunate recently to fly over the Hauraki Gulf twice via helicopter as I don't do water. Want a wonderful experience and such a great view from the air. To look and see Auckland as you come back ...  more »
  • May 30, 2017
    We took a ferry ride in the gulf and enjoyed our day. There are many islands in the gulf and iit was a sunny day there were sail boats everywhere.This is a perfect trip to get away from the city for a...  more »

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