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Auckland’s World-class shopping, buzzing waterfront precincts lined with restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene and harbour adventures right on your doorstep.
The Hauraki Gulf is the ultimate boaties’ paradise. The Gulf is part of the Pacific Ocean, which it joins to the north and east. It is largely protected from the Pacific by Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island to the north, and by the 80-kilometre-long Coromandel Peninsula to the east. The gulf is thus well shielded against all but northern winds.
For more information about boating destinations in the Hauraki Gulf, visit Tourism Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf website.
About Auckland Gulf Islands
Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is home to a multitude of islands, each with its own distinct character.
Is the ultimate island retreat. You’ll feel another world away, and yet Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip or stay longer and enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer.
Great Barrier Island
Is a place of rugged beauty and untouched wilderness.
From tramping through native forest to sea kayaking around the coves and inlets of the island’s coast, there are endless ways to explore this adventurer’s paradise.
Don’t leave Auckland without a trip to the region’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto Island. Just a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island is a favourite destination for day-trippers, who come for the spectacular views from the summit. Walk from Rangitoto to neighbouring Motutapu Island and go exploring.
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Is an open wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, a protected haven for native and endangered species. The island is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. As well as the wildlife and beautiful birdsong, the scenery alone is stunning. ‘Tiri’ is one of Auckland’s pest-free ‘Treasure Islands’.
Visit tranquil Kawau Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and sheltered bays. Discover the island’s fascinating history, from the magnificent 19th century mansion to the remnants of the early copper mine. Take a walk to enjoy the beautiful scenery or hop on a cruise and go exploring.
Discover Rotoroa Island’s blend of stunning scenery and captivating history. A hidden natural gem, the island is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and explore the island’s walking tracks, beautiful beaches and collection of historical buildings.