Hauraki Gulf Marine Park: Hauraki Gulf islands places to visit

Fog surrounds Rangitoto Island
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Introduction

A home to a myriad of islands and five marine reserves, most of which can be visited for recreation and relaxation. The marine park covers an area of more than 1.2 million hectares.

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

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It 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.

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.

Dogs are not permitted on Motuihe, Motuora, Motutapu, Rangitoto or Tiritiri Matangi islands. Find places you can walk your dog on the Auckland Council website.

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