Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
(4.9/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This refers to the body of water out from Auckland where several iconic Islands are located. Rangitoto, Motutapu, and Rakino to name a few. Ferries will take you to any of these Islands and there are ...  more »
  • If you can work out when the ferry goes to Home Bay at Motutapu (every second Sunday), take the opportunity and go! Beautiful walks, rare and endangered birds, stunning views of the Gulf. Some stunnin...  more »
  • A very picturesque place that day in the evening when it is not cloudy and visible Sun at sunset. Recommend to visit in the evening, when the sunset and not too hot. Exactly like it and pictures of success is obtained.
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