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Auckland staycation Hauraki Gulf Island

Auckland staycation Hauraki Gulf Island hopping, Rangitoto, Tiritiri Matangi & Great Barrier Island. Welcome to an island escape with a get out clause; a leisurely Auckland city lunch and explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s vibrant Pakisfica city.


Trip Overview

Welcome to an island escape with a get out clause; a leisurely Auckland city lunch

Start 4 days
Finish 3 nights

Discover a natural predator barrier* the ocean creating sanctuaries for New Zealand’s native flora and fauna to flourish. It’s up to visitors to ensure pests are not re-introduced as they disembark from private vessels or public ferries.

Hauraki Gulf Island highlighs

  • Remote quiet places where you can camp or stay in a heritage bungalow
  • Soak in the serenity of an island with its views of twinkling Auckland in the distance
  • Swim, snorkel, climb volcanic summits and spend time listening to bird song
  • Volunteer or donate supporting ongoing projects
  • A day exploring a recent volcanic eruption (600 years ago), one of New Zealand’s youngest volcanoes with its majestic cone dominating the Hauraki Gulf horizon
  • Explore an island where native flora and fauna flourish. Tiritiri Matangi is a sustainability success story in the Hauraki Gulf
  • Spend a day or two relishing a quiet haven where a bird song chorus greets the day and you ponder whether to return to the naturally heated geothermal pools nearby. Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf is a place you don’t want to miss.

* Although pesky ships rats have learnt to swim long distances.

The Hauraki Gulf Islands offer unique staycation or short break opportunities. Auckland’s Hauraki gulf harbour waters and islands are an antithesis to the bustle of city life. The Hauraki Gulf is a must-go destination for visitors intent on relaxing into the timeless pleasure nature and the outdoors offers.

Start 4 days
Finish 3 nights

Route map



Rangitoto island volcanic area, Auckland, New Zealand
Rangitoto island volcanic area

Rangitoto island top sight

  • Extraordinary geological features showcasing recent volcanic activity (600 years ago)
  • Superb views of the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland skyline
  • Rangitoto is home to interesting walking trails in New Zealand
  • Historic baches are now under the watchful eye of the Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust

A volcanic dormant island is a visitor drawcard. The popular destination is a must-go day trip from the Auckland Downtown Ferry terminal. New Zealand’s latest volcanic upstart is a witness to New Zealand’s place on the Pacific ring of fire. It is a fascinating place to observe the natural plant colonisation of a volcanic island. The walks and views as well as the island’s proximity to Auckland make Rangitoto a favourite day trip destination. For overseas visitors a chance to get up close and personal with very recent lava flows.

Motutapu Island

Motutapu Island, New Zealand @Storied Hotels
Motutapu Island @Storied Hotels

Across a natural causeway is Motutapu Island. Motutapu is ancient,  178 million years old Motutapu is one of the oldest land masses in the Hauraki Gulf. The island has lived an exciting life – it was intensively settled by Maori, it hosted massive Victorian picnic parties, and was a base during WWll. It is well known for its endangered native bird population, the native bird the beautiful tieke. Allow several hours to explore Motutapu Island.

Read more about Rangitoto Island from walking trail details, getting there on Fullers Ferry and useful information about what to carry while visiting the island.

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A day on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

A single takahe on the beach on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand.
A single takahe on the beach on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf

Tiritiri Matangi Island top sights

  • Well established open sanctuary with a prolific wildlife
  • Interesting day walks from lighthouse viewpoint to wetlands and bush trails

Tiritiri Matangi has a fascinating historical record both in Maori and European history. Tiritiri Matangi continues to showcase successful community-lead conservation projects in the world to restore natural flora and fauna. Birdsong greets birdwatchers who view Tiritiri Matangi as a must go destination.

…. Read more about getting there and useful information for your visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Aotea Great Barrier Island - Hauraki Gulf


Great Barrier Island, New Zealand - Whangapoua Estuary, Haratoanga Coastal WalkwayGreat Barrier Island, New Zealand - Whangapoua Estuary, Haratoanga Coastal Walkway, Auckland, New Zealand
Great Barrier Island


  • Walking tracks in pristine native bush
  • Accommodation in either the historic Fitzroy House or Glenfern Cottage
  • Aotea Great Barrier Island galleries, Aotea Community Art Gallery in Claris is open 7 days and is a great place to start
  • Hot Springs, Kaitoke Hot Springs are located on the track to Hirakimata / Mount Hobson. Access them via Whangaparapara Rd. The track is approximately an hour and a half return
  • Historic trails exploring the mining history of the island
  • Limited time, Glenfern is open to the public … check online for opening and closing hours beforehand to avoid disappointment


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Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand @Stayz
Mission Bay @Stayz
  • Mission Bay with award winning restaurants a slow sandy stroll from the promenade
  • Auckland North Shore’s Takapuna Beach is where shopping is a breeze for the latest swim gear
  • Collapse on a beach in the Hauraki Gulf rich in bird life, from Rotoroa Island to Great Barrier
  • Explore Regional Parks where beaches, marine reserve and lowland forest offer walking trails to waterfalls
  • Discover Snells Beach where Auckland locals hang out in the weekend

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