The Hauraki Gulf Islands are among some of the most beautiful in the world with their rare bird sanctuaries, unspoiled stands of native trees and plants, and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.
Described as “jewels” in New Zealand’s Conservation Crown, many of the smaller islands are a reflection of the high premium which Kiwis place on keeping their natural environment “clean and green”.
For more information contact:
Department of Conservation Visitor Centre
Ferry Building Quay St, City. Phone: 09-379 6476
Most of the Islands can be reached by one of the following cruise companies:
360 Discovery - 0800 888 006
Fullers Ferries - 09 367 9111
Kawau Cruises and Water Taxis Freephone 0800 111 616
SeaLink - 09 300 5900
things to see & do
where to stay
Great Barrier Island Essential Visitor Information
Experience the peace and tranquillity overlooking beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour, Great Barrier Island. Spendid views from absolute waterfront suites surrounded by spectacular bushclad scenery.
Private, quiet, three-bedroom cottage in streamside setting on Great Barrier Island. 5mins to Whangapoua surf beach and 10mins to the FitzRoy harbour.
Escape to Kawau Island! Wildlife & history abundant, the chance of seeing dolphins & wild ‘Kawau Kangaroos’. Enjoy island time at the famous Governor Grey’s Mansion House Bay, with Museum, café/restaurant, kayaking, bushwalks, ancient ruin’s & only 45min from Auckland.
Stay with us at beautiful Medlands Beach, renowned for its unique surfing beach breaks, swimming, diving and fishing. Experience the magnificent mountain wilderness walks, hot thermal springs, view rare and endangered fauna and flora, or explore historic sites, or simply sit back with a good book.
Medlands Rentals offers a variety of rental cars for daily hire on Great Barrier Island.
Mudbrick Winery and Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes from the central city in Auckland. Relax and enjoy a lunch, dinner or wine tasting in our beautiful vineyard by the sea.
Located right on Onetangi Beach, the 'most' beautiful beach in the Auckland region, this 2km, north facing white sandy beach is the perfect getaway.