Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Islands
The islands of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are a lovely slice of nature right on Auckland’s doorstep. Great Barrier Island, with its rugged beauty and numerous camping, hiking, mountain biking, and sea kayaking opportunities, is a must-see for nature lovers.
Rangitoto Island is a dormant volcano with the world’s largest pohutukawa tree forest. Hiking to the summit of the island rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf.
With a range of accessible walking trails meandering into the island’s core, Tiritiri Matangi Island is a natural sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s most endangered birdlife. Takahe, blue penguins, kiwi, and brown teal are among the species that skilled bird-watchers can identify here. The downtown city’s Princes Wharf is where the ferries depart.
Fishing charters and other water-based sports, such as sailing, are available in addition to enjoyable tourist-focused sightseeing tours.