Auckland has over 50 islands located within a one-hour sail of downtown. Spend a few days (or a few hours) discovering the unique experiences offered. Take a ferry to one of the following islands:
- Rangitoto Island: visit this 600-year-old dormant volcano and take a road train or hike to the summit for spectacular 360-degree views of the Hauraki Gulf. The walk to the summit (one-hour one way) affords an unparalleled view of Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city.
- Waiheke Island: Waiheke is renowned for its burgeoning wine industry, unique and exclusive accommodation and for the many prominent New Zealand artists who have chosen to make this island home.
- Great Barrier Island: journey to the furthermost island (from Auckland) in the Hauraki Gulf for unspoiled beaches, native forest and several unique plant and bird species. This island provides spectacular day walks and is also a popular destination for diving, fishing, surfing, bush walking and camping.
On the water
On-the-water options are diverse and can provide visitors with everything from a lesson in sailing to a luxury dining cruise. Take the opportunity to participate in the many water-based activities available.
- Devonport: take the ferry and enjoy a light cafe lunch and a spot of shopping. The ferry to/from Devonport departs every half hour.
- Learn to sail: at a number of sailing schools. Experience the thrill of crewing an America's Cup yacht
- Cruises: see the harbour from aboard a sailing vessel or ferry. Lunch and dinner cruises are available
- Fishing: join one of Auckland's many fishing charter operators
- Kayaking: join an evening paddle tour to Rangitoto Island
- Walking & Hiking: choose from 25 regional parks and 40 campsites operated by the Auckland Regional Council have. For more information more information phone 09 366 2000 or visit www.arc.govt.nz.
- Formosa Auckland and Gulf Harbour: these are places for fabulous international golfing - or choose from over 40 regional golf courses around the Auckland area
- Auckland Botanical Gardens: one of Auckland's best free attractions, which includes 10 hectares of native forest, a children’s garden, a Visitor Centre, café and library. Admission is free and the contact details arewww.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz or 09 267 1457. The gardens are home to the 'Ellerslie Flower Show'
- Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb: a two and a half hour journey includes a full briefing and safety lesson.