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. 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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  • The Hauraki Gulf is one of our lord's great achievements. And beautiful to boot ! The Gulf has several residential islands which you can visit by ferry, several nature reserves also able to be accesse...  more »
  • If you are visiting Auckland, a trip to one of our stunning islands in the gulf is an absolute must - whether it’s Rangitoto for a walk to the summit or Waiheke for a day of wine tasting. Get out on t...  more »
  • Spent two wonderful days on Waiheke. Beautiful bays and porches overlooking the ocean. The wine is pricey.
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  • Beautiful Gulf in Auckland. Awesome spot for fishing
  • One of the finest bodies of water on the planet. When I die, I hope I come back as a piece of driftwood so I can float around the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Wow the jewel of the Auckland region , take advantage of the many ferry options to the islands the dot the gulf , can get tickets on quay st ferry terminal or in Devonport
  • Great time and great service.
  • Boating he in lots of great anchorages good fishing so much to see
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