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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.
Tours To Hauraki Gulf
Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Including Free Ferry BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 1 day
Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $48
Duration: 8 hours
Waiheke Island: Zipline and Island Small Group Day Tour from Auckland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $82
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Hauraki Gulf Reviews
Great outings on the boat watching the world go by while relaxing on a boat. The senery is beautiful with Rangitoto Island and Tiri tiri Matangi in sight. Great way to spend a day out in the summer... more »
Many travellers just pass through Auckland or stay for a very short time on the way to maybee Queenstown or Rotorua ..but Auckland has so much to offer. The Gullf and Harbour are the best in the... more »
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.
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