According to Lonely Planet, Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf is the best experience in New Zealand. And it’s no surprise, considering the amount of water activities and island adventures at your fingertips.
Here you’ll be spoilt for choice, with sailing, jet boating, fishing, kayaking, and more to enjoy. If you’re feeling adventurous, leap off the Auckland Harbor Bridge on the country’s only ocean-touch bungy or help race an America’ Cup yacht. For something a bit more relaxing, hop on a harbour cruise, where you can sit back and enjoy the sights.
To really experience the best of the area, island hopping is a must. Visit the renowned wineries of Waiheke (known as the “Island of Wine”), admire the historical mansion house on Kawau Island, enjoy a tranquil picnic on Motuihe, or stop by Rangitoto Island to climb Auckland’s youngest volcano. And that’s just a start — keep exploring to discover wildlife sanctuaries, secluded coves, and other hidden treasures.
Another popular destination is Tiritiri Matangi Island, an open-air wildlife sanctuary, where guided walking tours are offered to educate visitors on the native flora and fauna. Rotoroa Island is also well worth a visit, featuring beautiful beaches, walking trails, a rich social history, heritage buildings, and an art and exhibition centre.
Further adding to its beauty and importance, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is the largest marine reserve in New Zealand, meaning it provides a vital home to the area’s marine and birdlife. To get up close to our precious neighbors, take a whale and dolphin safari and admire these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
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