The Hauraki Gulf Islands is a cluster of islands spread out across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula. Nature’s gifts to New Zealand, these islands have diverse flora and fauna providing habitat for some of the rarest species of birds, reptiles and plants on the planet. There are over 50 islands ranging from large landscapes with habitation, to almost-barren islands that have little more than rocks on them. Each of these islands offers diverse experiences and can be categorized into recreational, conservation and historical experiences. From kayaking, trekking and horse-riding to food and wine tasting, bird watching and sunbathing on the beach, there’s something to suit everyone’s interests.
The Hauraki Gulf in conjunction with the islands is called as the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. These islands are almost pest-free and many measures are taken by the DOC (Department of Conservation) to keep them that way. Auckland is known as the doorstep to the Hauraki Gulf and all islands can be accessed from Auckland through ferry services. The Hauraki Gulf islands are a geological marvel as these islands have rich and diverse geological features. From old volcanic terrains, lava caves and hot springs to vineyards and horse tracks, the differences in their landscapes are spectacular. Some of these islands are just a few minutes away from Auckland and make for exciting day trips and even a few overnight trips.