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 Conservation Park Explorer

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  • 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
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Coromandel Peninsula Driving Creek Railway Explorer

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  • 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
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Coromandel Peninsula Coromandel Classic 2-day Tour

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  • 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 Railway Tour
  • Guided walking tour of the Driving Creek Conservation Park
  • View the endangered reptiles within the sanctuary
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Tiritiri Matangi Island 90 Minute Guided Walk

Guided Walk - Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • 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

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  • 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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the hauraki gulf Meet Our Native Birdlife

Native Birdlife, Hauraki GUlf
  • 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 is included in the ferry ticket price
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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

DOC bunkhouse - Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • 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

Rotoroa Island Accommodation - Hauraki Gulf
  • 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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The Fullers360 Auckland to Motutapu Island return ferry is taking a break from its scheduled services. We hope to be back cruising to this incredible part of the Hauraki Gulf shortly, please check back in with us soon.

For a true overnight getaway, set up camp at Motutapu Island’s idyllic Home Bay. Though direct sailings to Home Bay are limited, the DOC campsite is also accessible by walking from Rangitoto Island, which has multiple ferry services daily.   

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See (and hear!) Motutapu’s native birdlife

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The Fullers360 Auckland to Motutapu Island return ferry is taking a break from its scheduled services. We hope to be back cruising to this incredible part of the Hauraki Gulf shortly, please check back in with us soon.

A protected conservation area, Motutapu Island is home to a range of native bird species. On the coastlines, see wading shorebirds, including the threatened New Zealand dotterel, the variable oystercatcher and various gulls and terns. On the walking tracks, you’re likely to see tui, fantails, kereru and more.

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