The view from Waiheke Island.  © Chris McLennan

Visit the islands of the Hauraki Gulf

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In the Hauraki Gulf there are an abundance of intriguing, easily accessible islands to explore, right on Auckland City’s doorstep. 

A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland will take you to the island of your choice, from vineyards to volcanoes, there are activities to suit most interests and energy levels. 

Climb or ride to the summit of Rangitoto, immerse yourself in the vocal birdlife in the sanctuary at Tiritiri Matangi, explore the history of Motutapu and Rotoroa, or indulge in the hedonistic delights of Waiheke Island. 

Take your pick from bush walks and beaches, wine and wildlife or culture and conservation. Or do a little bit of everything on these offshore gems.  

And, when you’re travelling by boat, getting there is half the fun.  

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