Welcome to Auckland, home to 50 islands – some substantial, others little more than modest perches for gannets.
Known as the Island of Wine, Waiheke Island is just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. From wineries with award winning restaurants, to small cellar doors, you’ll find world-class drops at every stop. Waiheke also has a thriving arts scene, from local galleries and studios to an inspiring sculpture park, as well as regular art events. Adventure lovers can hire a scooter to explore the island, go ziplining, try archery, or take a scenic flight for a bird’s eye view.
Rangitoto Island, the youngest of the city’s volcanoes, is an invigorating day trip. Following a 25-minute ferry ride or guided kayak trip, take the track to the summit through rugged lava fields and forest, stopping off to explore the lava tunnels on the way. Or sit back and enjoy the commentary on a guided four-wheel drive road train trip.
On Tiritiri Matangi, 75 minutes from the city by ferry, take a 90-minute guided tour with an expert volunteer. The abundant native flora flourishes and from the moment you step foot on the island, the birdsong will take your breath away.