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Hauraki Gulf Islands

The sixteen Hauraki Islands are scattered off the coast of Auckland in Hauraki Bay. Auckland’s summer playground, they contain some lovely places to get away from it all and indulge in walking, horse riding, swimming, eating and drinking.

Island highlights include Waiheke Island which is described as a magical island paradise and is home to over 7,000 people. Its beaches are beautiful and safe for swimming, sea kayaking and fishing, making it a popular holiday spot in summer. The rest of the year there are lovely walks and lots of restaurants, cafes and vineyards to visit.

On Tiritiri Matangi Island, which is being returned to its original forest, you can explore the unusual fauna and birdlife native to New Zealand. You can also see the gulf’s oldest lighthouse, circa 1864, which is now the brightest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.  

The cone shape of the dormant volcano that forms Rangitono Island provides some excellent walking opportunities with great views of Auckland City and the harbor from the summit.

Practical Info

Regular ferries and car ferries to the islands leave from the Downtown Ferry Terminal in Auckland and some islands have airstrips, though you’ll need permission to land.

Tours & Tickets

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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

Get one of the limited tickets for a day at Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and endangered bird species. You’ll take a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.19

Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Stonyridge Vineyard, Wild On Waiheke, Mudbrick Vineyard and the Rangihoua ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.37

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Take in the scenic highlights of Waiheke Island on a 3-hour tour from Auckland. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride to the island then meet your coach for an ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.24

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group day trip out of Auckland and visit Coromandel Peninsula, with its stunning landscapes of rugged mountain terrain nestled against idyllic ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $254.01

Auckland Helicopter Tour and Waiheke Island Winery Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Combine a helicopter tour over Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf with a sensational lunch at one of three Waiheke Island wineries. Your flight takes you over ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Varies.

From USD $412.33

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