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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
Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $54
Duration: 8 hours
Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $49
Duration: 210 to 240 minutes
Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $69
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Hauraki Gulf reviews
We took a ferry across to Waiheke for the first time in absolute ages last January and were absolutely stunned once again with the beauty of the Hauraki Gulf. The natural surroundings here are... more »
Amazing place to have a 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... 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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