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.
Coromandel Driving Creek Conservation Tour
- Approximately 1.5 hrs.
- Guided walking tour of the Driving Creek conservation park.
- View the colourful native geckos within the sanctuary.
- Introduction to habitat restoration for native birds.
- Includes return transfer from Coromandel Town.
Coromandel Peninsula Driving Creek Rail Tour
- Approximately 2 hours.
- 1 ¼ hour ride on New Zealand's only narrow gauge mountain railway.
- Journey through replanted native kauri forest.
- EyeFull Tower viewing platform.
- Bird sanctuary, art gallery and café.
Coromandel Peninsula Coromandel Classic 2-day Tour
- Two days – overnight tour.
- Cruise the Hauraki Gulf.
- Dig your own thermal beach spa at Hot Water Beach.
- Experience the stunning coastal walk and photo opportunities at Cathedral Cove.
- 1 ¼ hr Driving Creek Rail Tour.
- Guided walking tour of the Driving Creek Conservation Park.
- View the endangered reptiles within the sanctuary.
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.
Hauraki Gulf islands Meet native birdlife
- Learn more about the birds you’re likely to see across the Hauraki Gulf’s islands.
- Birdlife can be found on Rotoroa and Rangitoto Island.
- More than 23 seabird species breed in the Hauraki Gulf’s area.
- Endangered species have been reintroduced away from predators and pests.
Rotoroa Island Museum and Visitor Centre
- State-of-the-art visitor centre.
- Learn about Māori and early European settlement.
- History of NZ's first and longest running addiction treatment centre.
- Visit preserved, historical buildings.
- Open between 10am-5pm.
- An entry fee of $5 per person is included in the ferry ticket price.
Rotoroa Island Stay the night
- 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.