Hauraki Gulf Islands

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More than 50 islands lie in the Hauraki Gulf, forming the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC). Many of the islands are nature reserves, home to endangered plants and birds, and public access to these is restricted. Others are public reserves that can be reached by ferry, and a few are privately owned.

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Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island known, also as Aotea, is the largest in the gulf with a population of around 1,100, and…

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Tiritiri Matangi

You can see rare native birds up close at Tiritiri Matangi, a bird sanctuary open to the public and accessible…

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Waiheke Island

Once Waiheke was a sleepy summer vacation retreat, and hippie haven, with beach houses dotting its edges. Now you'll find…

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