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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • wow wow wow Auckland you have it all. Jumped on a Ferry for Waiheke. Passed the multitude of Islands in the Gulf on route.  more »