3 Great Things To Do In The Hauraki Gulf

If you’re still in denial that winter is well and truly here, then why not escape to a happy place or three and pretend it’s still a hot Kiwi summer. So why not take a ferry, plane or a really long swim and go and explore. It’s not winter, it’s not winter, it’s not winter…

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Hit Up The Walking Track on Great Barrier Island

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful walking track (Aotea) on a beautiful island not too far away from Auckland. Many people enjoyed the wondrous nature track full of spectacular landscapes with a rich history. Unfortunately in 2014 (the year Kim and Kanye got married) there was a terrible storm that hit the island. The Aotea track suffered damage and a big landslide containing 300,000 cubic meters of hillside wiped out everything in its path. No lives were lost and the majority of the track was restored (hooray!) We’re all sunny smiles about this restoration. It’s full of wildlife, native bush, bridges and is suitable for fit beginners and experienced trampers. So stop Netflix and chilling, pack your tramping gears and get a dose of that nature stuff. Book your visit here.

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Roam The Mansion On Kawau Island

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If you’re overwhelmed by Auckland house prices and want to pretend you live in a mansion (dreams are free, right?), head to the Mansion House on Kawau Island. Basically, the whole island and this mansion was purchased by Sir George Grey, one of New Zealand’s most influential and controversial political figures back in 1862. The mansion has 3 floors for you to have a nosey around, with all sorts of Victorian interiors and furniture, great inspiration if you’re wanting to go on the next season of The Block NZ. If you’re more into your gardening, take a wander around the spectacular garden ruled by a couple of peacocks.

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Fly Across The Tree Tops On Waiheke Island

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If you’re getting weird looks while playing on the kids flying fox at the local playground, maybe you should give it up and give EcoZip on Waiheke a go. Instead of having some street youths graffiti on playground as your view, you could be flying over an expansive native forest with the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland’s city scape as your backdrop. We soon bonded with the others in our group as it wasn’t long until the tranquil setting was dramatically interrupted by shrieks and howls of excitement as we went flying at 60km per hour. Our EcoZip guides were incredibly friendly and informative and have all the gear you need. They even have bungy cords available for your phone so you can get that perfect selfie without making an awkward insurance claim.