From the bustling urban heart of Auckland you can be out in the Hauraki Gulf exploring its tranquil islands in just a hop, skip and a jump. Okay, it's actually a ferry ride for 35 to 40 minutes, but you get the idea. It's quick. And beautiful.
Each island is like a character from a romantic fiction novel. There's Waiheke Island, the elegant lady of the manor, where vineyards, golden beaches and fine dining await. There's Tiritiri Matangi Island, the hunky yet gentle gardener, where you'll discover a carefully tended wildlife sanctuary. And don't forget Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands, the dashing, fiery polo players, where volcanic adventures play out.
The islands are the perfect escape, whether for a day or longer. Hop from one to another and soak up the beaches, wildlife, water activities, excellent food and adventures. This is North Island at its very best.