Auckland is home to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, a conservation area that extends over 1.2 million hectares. These protected coastlines and pest-free islands are sanctuaries to many of New Zealand’s rarest native species – from shorebirds and endangered wildlife to endemic trees and regenerating forests.

Tiritiri Matangi Island 90 Minute Guided Walk

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  • 90 to 120+ minute walk dependent on what you see!
  • Learn about the exquisite wildlife, revegetation and history of Tiritiri Matangi
  • Uncover the best spots to see native birds, and learn to identify their calls
  • If you're lucky, see kororā (little blue penguins) in their nesting boxes
  • Finish at the visitor centre for complimentary tea and coffee, and visit the island gift shop which supports Island projects
  • See New Zealand's oldest working lighthouse
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Rotoroa Island 90 Minute Guided Walk

  • 90 minute walk
  • Learn about the island's natural history, restoration and social history as an island for addiction treatment
  • Take in the island's rugged coastline, sandy beaches and regenerating forest
  • Visit the seven-metre high sculpture by New Zealand artist, Chris Booth
  • Uncover the best spots to see native wildlife
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Coromandel The Coromandel Classic Tour

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  • Two days – overnight tour
  • Cathedral Cove: Visit natural rock structures via a stunning coastal walking track
  • Hot Water Beach: Dig your own spa thermal pool
  • Driving Creek Railway: Journey on a mountain train and enjoy the views from EyeFull Tower
  • Guided Kauri Forest Walk: Stroll through groves of giant kauri and visit Waiau Waterfall
  • Ferry fare included
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Coromandel New Chums Beach Explorer Tour

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  • Half Day - weekday and weekend tour
  • Rated one of the top 20 wilderness beaches in the world
  • Scenic drive over mountains and coastline to the hidden, unspoiled beach
  • Self-guided 25 - 30 minute walk, across a stream and coastal rock-hopping
  • Perfect for a picnic, swim or relaxation
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Coromandel Cathedral Cove Scenic Explorer

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  • Approximately 4 hours
  • See the Coromandel’s spectacular natural attraction, Cathedral Cove
  • Arrive by Glass Bottom Boat, viewing the marine life below
  • Cruise through a marine reserve, surrounded by stunning volcanic coastlines
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
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the hauraki gulf Meet Our Native Birdlife

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  • Learn more about the birds you’re likely to see across the Hauraki Gulf’s islands
  • Birdlife can be found on Tiritiri Matangi, Rotoroa and Rangitoto Islands
  • 23 seabird species breed in the Hauraki Gulf’s area
  • Endangered species have been reintroduced away from predators and pests
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Rotoroa Island Museum & Visitor Centre

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  • A state-of-the-art visitor centre
  • Learn about Maori and early European settlement
  • History of NZ's first and longest running addiction treatment centre
  • Visit preserved, historical buildings
  • Open hours: 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Entry fee of $5 per person
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Tiritiri Matangi School Groups

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  • Up-close and personal wildlife encounters, and a chance to experience the environment as it was back in the day
  • Tailored educational programmes and guided walks for students from year 1 to year 13, and beyond
  • Learn about the importance of conservation efforts
  • Discounted rates for school groups and accompanying adults
  • Visit our school groups page to learn more
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Stay The Night

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  • For a truly unique experience, stay overnight in DOC’s (Department of Conservation) bunkhouse - the only accommodation on the island
  • Observe New Zealand’s nocturnal wildlife emerging as the sun goes down
  • Wake up to Tiritiri’s world famous dawn chorus
  • Kororā, and the little spotted kiwi, are just some of the wildlife you may be lucky to see on an overnight stay
  • Visit the DOC website to learn more
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Rotoroa Island Stay The Night

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  • Serenity Holiday Home - Four bedrooms + bunkhouse, sleeps up to 13 people
  • Oranga Cottage - Three bedrooms, sleeps up to six people
  • Mahoe Holiday Home - Four bedrooms, sleeps up to seven people
  • The Superintendent’s House - Dormitory style, sleeps up to 18 people in bunk beds
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Motutapu Island Stay the Night

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  • Stay overnight on one of the Hauraki Gulf’s oldest islands steeped in history
  • Idyllic beachfront campsites available at Home Bay
  • Five unique campsite pods near the historic Reid Homestead
  • Visit the DOC website to learn more
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Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer Tour

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  • At least 4.5 hours, including ferry travel
  • Guided 4WD road-train tour through 600-year-old volcanic landscape
  • Transport to the base of the summit, and short climb to the top for panoramic views
  • Commentary about the island's history and geology
  • Return trip to the wharf via the western side of the island
  • Return ferry to Rangitoto Island from downtown Auckland
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coromandel Guided Kauri Forest Tour

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  • Approximately 1.5 hours
  • Walk through majestic groves of giant kauri - one of New Zealand's rarest tree species
  • Guided commentary with stories about the area's history
  • Short walk to the picturesque Waiau Waterfall
  • Beautiful photo opportunities
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