The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf have been home to humans for up to a thousand years,...


Sunset at Great Barrier. © D Jerry Carpenter
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South Auckland stroll

If Auckland was the body of a women, South Auckland would be the hands. The maker. The birth place of some of Aotearoa’s greatest sporting and artistic heroes.  Read the story . . . 

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Central Auckland: bustling, beautiful, always beguiling

Auckland. Our diverse and buzzing supercity attracts lovers of good food, good beaches and hearty adventures in the great outdoors. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Okakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close to the city. Read the story . . . 

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Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve

On the northeastern edge of Auckland city lies the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, which protects a variety of coastal habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and mangroves. The surrounding area has excellent beaches for swimming and other water activities. Read the story . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

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Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve, home to a range of sea birds and waders, protects 500ha of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, adjacent to the Northwestern Motorway. Read the story . . . 

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Te Matuku Marine Reserve

Te Matuku Marine Reserve protects one of Waiheke Island’s largest and least disturbed estuaries, along with an area outside Te Matuku Bay in the Waiheke Channel. Read the story . . . 

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Tiritiri Matangi Island short walks

Enjoy a magical cacophony of sounds from a variety of native birds on the walks on this pest-free island, as well as stunning views of the surrounding islands. Read the story . . . 

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North Head Maungauika Historic Walk

Explore defences that were placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions and take in one of the best views in Auckland from North Head.  Read the story . . . 

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Rangitoto Island summit walks

Walk straight to the summit of Rangitoto Island, or take one of the alternative routes and enjoy the exceptional views of Auckland spread out before you from the top.  Read the story . . . 

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Rangitoto Island

Catching the ferry and taking a short walk on beautiful Rangitoto Island is an absolute Auckland must-do. Read the story . . . 

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The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

Writer and sailor Sarah Ell explores the warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf, home to humans for up to a thousand years . . . Read the story . . . 

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Auckland's North Shore: the ‘other side’

Even though the North Shore is well-settled, it still has its wild places: pockets of bush persist within the suburbs and its string of safe beaches are never overly crowded. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of us have borne from our past. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland’s underwater zoo: Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

In less enlightened times, the vast underground chambers that are now Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive, were used to store the city’s sewerage before it was pumped raw to an outfall near the unfortunately named Browns Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is still known as the City of Sails and this is largely because it has some of the world’s best cruising waters on its doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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