Introduction

There are many islands and marine reserves you can visit in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi.

What can you do in the marine park? Spot a kiwi on Motuihe or a takahe on Tiritiri Matangi. Climb a volcano on Rangitoto. Dive or snorkel in the Goat Island or Long Bay marine reserves. Tramp into the wilderness on Great Barrier Island. Take a tunnel tour on North Head or a tour through historic Mansion House on Kawau Island.

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Places to go


    Island nature reserves that require a landing permit

    Kids discovering a takahe, Tiritiri Matangi Island. Photo copyright: Mitsuro Aoyagi.
    Fascinated kids discovering a takahe, Tiritiri Matangi Island

    You must have a landing permit to land on these islands:

    • Mokohinau Islands (all except Burgess Island)
    • Little Barrier Island/Hauturu
    • Cuvier Island
    • Mercury Islands (all except Great Mercury Island)
    • Alderman Islands
    • Whangamata Islands

    Conservation islands

    You can visit most publicly owned conservation islands in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. These include Beehive, Motutara, Motuora, Saddle, Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe, Motukorea (Browns), Motutapere in the Coromandel Harbour, and Mahurangi, off the Coromandel coast. Parts of Great Barrier, Kawau and Waiheke are also public conservation land.

    These islands are protected, and many are free of animal pests. Follow the rules when you visit.

    Marine reserves

    Marine reserves are our national parks of the sea. You can visit by boat and go diving, swimming, and snorkelling. You must not take marine life or harm the natural habitats.

    Marine reserves within the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are:

    • Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (also known as Goat Island), near Leigh
    • Long Bay-Okura, north of Auckland
    • Motu Manawa-Pollen Island, in the upper Waitemata Harbour
    • Te Matuku, off the southern end of Waiheke Island
    • Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove), near Whitianga
    • Tāwharanui Marine Reserve, approximately 90 km north of Auckland
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