Discover tranquil islands lined with golden-sand beaches, sip on fine wine on the ‘island of wine’, or go kayaking, sailing or dolphin spotting.
Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat. You’ll feel another world away, and yet Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip or find accommodation and stay longer to really enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer.Find out more
Don’t leave Auckland without a trip to the region’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto Island. Just a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island is a favourite destination for day-trippers, who come for the spectacular views from the summit. Walk from Rangitoto to neighbouring Motutapu Island and go exploring.Find out more
Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, a protected haven for native and endangered species. The island is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. As well as the wildlife and beautiful birdsong, the scenery alone is stunning. ‘Tiri’ is one of Auckland’s pest-free ‘Treasure Islands’.Find out more
Visit tranquil Kawau Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and sheltered bays. Discover the island’s fascinating history, from the magnificent 19th century mansion to the remnants of the early copper mine. Take a walk to enjoy the beautiful scenery or hop on a cruise and go exploring.Find out more
Discover Rotoroa Island’s blend of stunning scenery and captivating history. A hidden natural gem, the island is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and explore the island’s walking tracks, beautiful beaches and collection of historical buildings.Find out more
Island beaches are unpatrolled beaches. Stay safe - never swim or surf alone.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving. Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.
The Water Safety Code
1. Be prepared
2. Watch out for yourself and others
3. Be aware of the dangers
4. Know your limits
Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.