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“Weddings or Day trips” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf
Auckland, New Zealand
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Owner description: This area comprises 47 islands, the most popular of which is Waiheke for its excellent beaches and bays.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Weddings or Day trips”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

As a Marriage Celebrant I spend a lot of time in the Hauraki Gulf, it is so nice to have this on our door step in Auckland City.
Even on a windy day it is still nice, the clean blue water and the number of Islands in the Gulf.
Always popular for Weddings, day trips is Waiheke Island, about 35 minutes on a fast quick cat boat from downtown Auckland, these boats offer a great timetable. on the Island is a good bus service, but many people get off the ferry (Quick cat) and walk up to Oneroa a good 25 minutes walk, here are many cafes, shops and a big horse shoe shaped white sand beach, the walk back to the boat is easy as it is more down hill. but you can use the bus service both ways.
Visit a winery? Go on a bus tour,, Another Island is Rangitoto, also served by modern boat service, climb to the top of this old volcano but make sure you take food and water with you.
Great views from the top, I do weddings on boats in the Hauraki gulf they are wonderful and food wine on a moonlight night is so nice cruising around the gulf.
Plenty of tours, Fullers offer great deals.
Waitakere Ranges, Karekare and Piha beaches I rate the same as the Hauraki Gulf just wonderful.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“An easy day trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Took Fuller's one and one half hour island tour that included the ferry ride back and forth to Waiheke Island. This was a really good overview of the island and gave us a chance to see many beaches and the other islands around. We stopped at Palm Beach, it's a mile long and got out and walked around for twenty minutes
NGO the beach during free time. You can go right back to ferry at the end of the tour or be let off in Matiata. The tour company will stop there once an. Hour and pick you up and take you to the ferry. There are many beautiful beaches that a car seems necessary to access. This is an easy day trip if you are tired and still want to get out. The bay and islands are incredible!

Visited April 2013
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“Waikehe Island - A Disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We had read so many glowing reports about Waikehe Island so included it in our itinerary but were very disappointed!

The best part of our day was the three hours spent on a 50 foot sailboat, the Pride of Auckland, sailing from Auckland to Waikehe Island. We purchased an offer we saw on GrabOne = $42.00 per person for sailing over and Fuller Ferry back. This cost was just a few dollars more than a round trip on Fullers ferry and what could be more appropriate than sailing in the "City of Sails"?

Sailing past various islands in the Hauraki Gulf was fun and upon arrival at Matiatia Wharf on Waikehe, we walked to Oneroa Village. This was our first disappointment.The village is grubby, dingy, dirty and run down and has horrendous shops -- one worse than another! They certainly do not compare to those we saw in Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. We then took a bus to Onetangi. Another disappointment. Yes, it has a sandy beach but nothing special and we have seen many better than this one in other parts of New Zealand. We then went to Stonyridge Vineyards and were totally unimpressed. We had traveled through Marlborough and this vineyard did not compare with those we visited there; but not wishing to give up, we went to Cable Bay Vineyards and once again were disappointed. While traveling from one venue to another we did indeed see lovely bays with lovely views but once again, not more spectular than many we have seen in other places in New Zealand.

We came to the conclusion that Waikehe Island would be the pefect destination for a tourist to visit if their New Zealand itinerary included only Auckland; however, if you have the opportunity to see other areas of this lovely country, forget Waikehe.

Visited February 2013
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Waiheke island was is worth a day-trip. Nice scenery and beaches, nice places to have lunch and some great wineries to be visited

Visited March 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Waiheke Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Great hike around the northern shore from the ferry landing. Steep but the views were fantastic. Allow at least two hours and be careful along the cliffs. Also, watch the tides because you may have to wade back (or climb trees like we did) near the ferry beach at high tide.

Visited March 2013
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