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Hauraki Gulf Islands Tours

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Hauraki Gulf Islands
Located off the coast of Auckland, Hauraki Gulf’s 16 beautiful islands are ideal for outdoor activities like walking, horse riding, swimming, and dolphin- and whale-watching. From the vineyards of Waiheke to the hiking trails of Rangitoto, the birdwatching of Tiritiri Matangi to the secluded hot springs of Great Barrier, each of the islands offers something special.

The Basics
Some of the islands make for great multi-day getaways, as they offer a range of accommodations. Others are uninhabited, and better visited as day trips from Auckland. They’re especially popular in the summer months, when Aucklanders flock to them to enjoy the beaches and sea. Some have well-established tourism facilities and convenient transportation options, while others take a bit more effort to get to and offer a more back-to-basics experience. Various tours focus on whale- or bird-watching, vineyards, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or local history.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The 16 islands are Waiheke, Rangitoto, Great Barrier, Kawau, Tiritiri Matangi, Motuihe, Rotoroa, Motutapu, Rakino, Ponui, Pakatoa, Browns, Tarahiki, Whanganui, Kaikoura, and Moturekareka.
  • Several of the islands have a strong Department of Conservation. Information on hiking trails, campsites, and local flora and fauna can be found on the DOC website.
  • You don’t have to set foot on an island to enjoy them. Take a cruise in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to spot dolphins and whales.

How to Get There
Ferries to some of the more popular islands run from downtown Auckland or Devonport, including car ferries. Some islands have airstrips, so it’s possible to charter a small plane to make the trip or to take a scheduled flight with Great Barrier Airways. Organized tours make reaching the islands easy, as private boats or ferry connections are usually arranged.

When to Get There
The Hauraki Gulf Islands are at their best in the summer (December–February), when the weather is warm and conditions are perfect for beach and outdoor activities. The spring (September–November) and fall (March–May) are also decent times to visit the islands. Winter (June-August) often brings rain and wind.

New Zealand’s Youngest Volcano
The distinctive, forest-clad, gently sloping mountain in the Gulf that’s visible throughout Auckland can be found on Rangitoto Island. New Zealand’s youngest volcano, it emerged out of the sea just 600 years ago (barely a blink of an eye in geological time). Rangitoto’s also home to the world’s largest forest of pohutukawa, a tree native to New Zealand, and the island also offers great hiking and kayaking.


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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari CruiseWhale Watching

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Including Free Ferry Bus Tours

Auckland Explorer: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Including Free Ferry

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See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with English audio commentary and written translations in 9 languages. The bus tour takes about an hour to complete each loop with 2 circle routes to explore. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Mt Eden or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided WalkDay Cruises

Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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Secure a limited ticket to Tiritiri Matangi island, a protected sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. A 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf brings you to the island preserve, where you have the day to stroll the trails and enjoy the coastline after a ranger orientation. Gain a deeper understanding of Tiritiri Matangi’s role in preserving birdlife with an optional 1.5-hour guided hike.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Fishing charter - Hauraki GulfFishing Charters & Tours

Fishing charter - Hauraki Gulf

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The Captain is a unique kiwi with a friendly and helpful disposition. Over the years I have been referred to as Captain Lozza and it’s stuck. I have been fishing these waters for the past 20 years in a variety of vessels and I am very familiar with the Hauraki Gulf which makes the sightseeing option one that won't leave clients disappointed. I have been lucky to have learnt from the best, he has vast experience as a commercial and recreational fisher in the Hauraki and especially the Coromandel region. As is the case with most traditional hunting disciplines, the Master passes on his skills and knowledge to the apprentice. I was the apprentice for many years, also learning from other great anglers and after completing my SRL Skippers ticket last year I have graduated to Master. I know a lot about fishing and guarantee to show you a good time and will do my best to assist you in landing the big one! Let me customise your experience to ignite your fishing or sightseeing pleasure!
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  • 6 hours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine TastingDay Trips

Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting

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Explore Auckland and the yacht-filled harbours of the ‘City of Sails’ on this full-day shore excursion, including wine tasting on Waiheke Island. In the morning, an informative guide takes you sightseeing in the city center — including Queen Street and the Tamaki Drive waterfront — followed by a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf for a relaxing afternoon at three notable vineyards. Port pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter to Little Barrier IslandNature and Wildlife

Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter to Little Barrier Island

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Nestled in the mouth of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, Little Barrier Island is a protected reserve known for its undisturbed wildlife, both on land and underwater. On this full-day dive trip designed for experienced divers, sail out from Warkworth and go on two separate tank dives in the waters around Little Barrier Island. Swim with the wide range of marine life that lives in the area – you might get to see dolphins or even whales!
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Auckland Rangitoto Island Guided Sunset Kayaking TourKayaking

Auckland Rangitoto Island Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour

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Paddle a kayak through Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, then step on the shore for a 45-minute guided walk to the Rangitoto crater, where you'll enjoy panoramic views of Auckland's skyline. This 6-hour evening sunset tour is led by a kayaking and hiking guide, which ensures that you can focus on the scenery and the activities rather than navigation and directions. You'll learn much more about the geography, flora, and fauna of the region than you would by exploring independently.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter: Hammerhead Experience from WarkworthScuba Diving

Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter: Hammerhead Experience from Warkworth

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Enjoy two dives in the Hauraki Gulf on this charter scuba diving tour from Warkworth. As you explore the waters off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, you'll have the chance to see juvenile hammerhead sharks who migrate past the outer islands on their way to the Pacific. This dive is designed for open-water-certified divers who have logged at least 10 dives; beginner divers may participate only if you pay for a dive guide (own expense).
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Nature, Ocean and Towns Experience from East to West Coast in AucklandDay Trips

Nature, Ocean and Towns Experience from East to West Coast in Auckland

The east and west coasts of New Zealand are dramatically different, and because Auckland is located in a very skinny part of the country, it’s easy to reach both coasts from the city. On this convenient day trip you’ll experience the best of both. Chill out on the calm, white-sand beaches of the east, and explore the rugged nature of the wind-swept coastline of the west. This is an ideal tour for travelers who want to experience a lot in a short stay.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Auckland Half Day TourFull-day Tours

Private Auckland Half Day Tour

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Experience the best sights of Auckland City and the marine village of Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore on a Private Luxury Tour just for you. Be amazed by spectacular views of ancient volcanoes, the beautiful Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, drive across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and explore some of Auckland’s most famous beaches.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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