Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

4.8
#8 of 13 in Nature in Auckland
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 online holiday maker .
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  • boat trip to view the wonderful sea beds that we have and having the staff as a credit to there lovely respect for everyone and in everything needed questions answered on the spot very experienced the...  more »
  • The gulf is so beautiful. Clean, uncluttered, uncommercial, and a beautiful playground for the boats of Auckland. Many islands to visit on public ferries and private boats alike. The walk up Rangitoto...  more »
  • New Zealand’s 4th largest island and home to approximately 800 people this island in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf is 90 km from Auckland. By plane 35 mins from Auckland Airport, by car ferry 4.5 hours f...  more »
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  • Great place to holiday. Lots to see and do. If you have you own boat there is lots of amazing places to see and explore. Good ferry services run from Auckland to access most places on regular time tables.
  • The Hauraki Gulf is a jewel in the New Zealand crown. From fishing, sight seeing, whale and dolphin watching to all manner of water sports. Deserted islands and beautiful white sand beaches.
  • Great place to play and explore.
  • Great scenic coast drive and the roads have resently been up graded much wider now. Take the trip it's worth it.
  • The best boating in NZ
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