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Hauraki Gulf Islands Tours

The sixteen Hauraki Islands are scattered off the coast of Auckland in Hauraki Bay. Auckland’s summer playground, they contain some lovely places to get away from it all and indulge in walking, horse riding, swimming, eating and drinking.

Island highlights include Waiheke Island which is described as a magical island paradise and is home to over 7,000 people. Its beaches are beautiful and safe for swimming, sea kayaking and fishing, making it a popular holiday spot in summer. The rest of the year there are lovely walks and lots of restaurants, cafes and vineyards to visit.

On Tiritiri Matangi Island, which is being returned to its original forest, you can explore the unusual fauna and birdlife native to New Zealand. You can also see the gulf’s oldest lighthouse, circa 1864, which is now the brightest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.  

The cone shape of the dormant volcano that forms Rangitono Island provides some excellent walking opportunities with great views of Auckland City and the harbor from the summit.

Practical Info

Regular ferries and car ferries to the islands leave from the Downtown Ferry Terminal in Auckland and some islands have airstrips, though you’ll need permission to land.

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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour, Auckland, null
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Enjoyable, informative and a great day out... Explore Auckland in small groups for a more personalised experience. An exceptional value, we offer a very ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs

From USD $47.18
Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise, Auckland, Cultural Tours
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

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Look for whales, dolphins and seabirds in the pristine waters of Hauraki Gulf just a short boat ride from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. On this half-day whale ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.08
Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

A day of excitement and nature awaits on Waiheke Island, with three zipline flights above the forest, an interpretive walk through native bushland, and a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.37
Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter: Hammerhead Experience from Warkworth, Auckland, Eco Tours
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Full-Day Scuba Dive Charter: Hammerhead Experience from Warkworth

Right on Auckland’s doorstep lies the Hauraki Gulf, known throughout the world as a boating paradise. For many divers, this area has a certain mystique. Many ...  Read more

Location: Warkworth, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $170.95
Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland, Auckland, Scuba Diving
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Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

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Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 5-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Mudbrick Winery and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.57
Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk, Auckland, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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Get one of the limited tickets for a day at Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and endangered bird species. You’ll take a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.29
Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Auckland, Day Cruises
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Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Auckland Explorer Bus is best way to see all that Auckland has to offer!     Visit Auckland's top attractions on two different tour routes and explore the ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.77
Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Take in the magnificent lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto, the volcanic island that is one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy a short ferry ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.50
Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Cruises
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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group day trip out of Auckland and visit Coromandel Peninsula, with its stunning landscapes of rugged mountain terrain nestled against idyllic ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $259.84
Waiheke Island Lunch or Dinner by Seaplane from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waiheke Island Lunch or Dinner by Seaplane from Auckland

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Fly over Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island on a scenic seaplane flight that lands at Oneroa, a charming village on Waiheke. During the flight, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $321.39

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