The islands located in the Hauraki Gulf can be counted amongst the most stunning and distinct places in the world. The bird reserves and other scenic landscapes here are full of rich flora and fauna life. Easy to see why the Hauraki Gulf Islands are so popular amongst honeymooners and nature enthusiasts alike. Take a look at our top picks from this beautiful archipelago.
Rotoroa Island is a blend of stunning scenery and captivating history. After 100 years, the island was finally thrown open to the public in 2011 and has become Auckland’s new travel destination for heritage, culture and art enthusiasts. With stunning beaches and a number of historical buildings, it is one of the most pristine islands of Auckland. Make sure that you visit the old chapel and the school house to know more about the interesting history of the island. There is also a museum and a meticulously maintained exhibition centre here. Rotoroa is just a 75 minute ferry-ride from Auckland.
Kawau is known for its turquoise waters and bays. The remnants of abandoned old copper mines and a 19th century mansion add lots of rich history to the island. Governor Grey’s mansion which has been fully restored is also one of the chief attractions of the island. A stroll through lush gardens behind the mansion is a refreshing experience, and you may find wallabies, weka and peacocks there. You will also find many exotic plants and animals, which Governor Grey had brought to the island. The island is also known for fishing. If you are a fishing enthusiast, charter a boat and go fishing. Keep an eye on the sea, as you may also see majestic dolphins swimming in the waters.
Tirtiri Matangi Island, famed for its open wildlife sanctuary, is a haven for endangered species and a nature lover’s delight. Take a guided tour to see the best of flora and fauna life, especially a rich variety of exotic native birdlife. You will also find little blue penguins in their nesting boxes. A prominent attraction in the island is Hobbs Beach, where you can go for a swim or just relax amidst the beautiful and tranquil settings. Visit the oldest working lighthouse in New Zealand which was built in 1864 to know more about the history of the island.