The Hauraki Gulf, a cluster of islands near Auckland, is a walker’s paradise

From volcanic peaks to sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone, especially if you own a boat to access them much easier.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Hike up the volcanic cone on Rangitoto Island, explore lava caves, and enjoy stunning views of the gulf.

Relax on stunning sandy beaches on Waiheke Island, spot native birds, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
Waiheke Island is the largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, its a haven for foodies and cyclists, with wineries, art galleries, and charming villages to explore and dozens of awesome walks.

Discover the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island and wander through beautiful native forests.

Devonport Wharf where the ferry for Rangitoto Island picks up passengers
Devonport Wharf where the ferry for Rangitoto Island picks up passanges

Getting there is easy:

Ferry: Regular ferries depart from Auckland’s downtown waterfront to Waiheke Island and the other islands, taking you to your chosen island.

Or you might be lucky enough to own your own boat or have friends with one, it’s a great way to explore the Hauraki Gulf.

Here are the islands I’ve walked on in the Hauraki Gulf

Kawau Island Walks

Kawau Island Walks

Unwind on Kawau Island! Explore a range of diverse walks, from historic sites to scenic hikes with plenty of beaches
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The beach at Mens Bay on Rotoroa Island

Rotoroa Island Walks

Rotoroa Island has two awesome short walks, one to the sculpture and the other to the North Tower Lookout
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Waiheke Island Walkways and Vineyards

Waiheke Island Walkways

Waiheke Island walkways and vineyards are just waiting to be explored.
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Sandra at the Whangapoua Bay looking out over the bay on Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island walks & hiking

Even though Great Barrier Island is not the easiest place to get to, the walks there are amazing nonetheless.
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Momona Point and Pa Walk

Momona Point and Pa Walk

1.9 km • 30 minutes return • Easy • Located at Mansion House Bay this is a short walk out to the point and back. ...
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Rangitoto Island ariel view

Rangitoto Island Track and Summit Walk

11.70 kms • 4 Hours • Easy • Rangitoto Island is an amazing day out in Auckland. Arrive by ferry or private boat and explore. ...
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View of Auckland City from the summit of Browns Island

Browns Island Auckland

Wow – Browns Island in Auckland Harbour – what a cool little island to visit for a walk.
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