Fog surrounds Rangitoto Island
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A home to a myriad of islands and five marine reserves, most of which can be visited for recreation and relaxation.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi covers an area of more than 1.2 million hectares.

The marine park lies on the east coast of the Auckland and Waikato regions, and includes the Waitemata Harbour, Firth of Thames and eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula.

There are more than 50 islands within the park, many of which are public conservation lands managed by us.

Most islands are open to the public, but some are sanctuaries for endangered species and to land you must have a permit. Five marine reserves are also included within the park. We need your help to look after these special islands and marine reserves.

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