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.
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