Waiheke Island: A 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island is renowned for its vineyards, golden sand and quirky island vibe. Visit in summer for bluebird days, stunning beaches, and good local wine.
Mou Waho: This unique island is located in the South Island resort town of Wanaka. Cleared of all predators and pests, this island is a sanctuary for native birds. A nice hour-long walking track takes you to the top where you’ll come across a lake with a small island in the middle and spectacular views of the mountain surrounds!
Roberton Island. One of the subtropical atolls off the Bay of Islands, Roberton has an interesting and chequered past. A beautiful tropical landscape featuring several natural lagoons, this island was previously inhabited by Māori, as evidenced by Pā sites, gardening lines and cooking pits. Be sure to take the 15-minute stroll to the lookout at the centre of the island.
Stewart Island. The last point of civilisation before reaching Antarctica, Stewart Island is just 30 kilometres south of Bluff, New Zealand's Southernmost town. Over 85 per cent of the island is National Park, making it a haven for Brown Kiwi and other rare native birds. The island has only 400 residents and one settlement - Halfmoon Bay. Explore one of the many overland walks, or wander the coast to see seals, little blue penguins and dolphins.
White Island. New Zealand’s most active volcano, White Island is just off the east coast of the North Island and can only be visited with an organised tour. In a constant state of unrest, the many fumaroles and vents continually release steam and 800-degree celsius toxic gases. We recommend taking a Heli-tour and landing in the crater.
Great Barrier Island. A destination for diving, fishing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking, Great Barrier harks back to a simpler time. Many of the houses run off solar power, and there is a prevalent eco-theme throughout. The native forest covering the island is crossed with walking tracks, natural hot springs and the historical Kauri Dam, while the coastal areas are home to picturesque family-friendly beaches and calm waters.
Goat Island. A tiny atoll of the east coast of North Auckland, Goat Island is New Zealand's first and most accessible marine reserve. A fantastic spot for snorkelling, diving, swimming or sunbathing. The island is perfect for those wanting to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand.
Rangitoto. The youngest volcano in New Zealand, Rangitoto is an Auckland icon and a popular day trip for walkers. Emerging from the sea a little over 600 years ago, Rangitoto is a protected scenic reserve. It has the largest forest of pohutukawa trees in the world, vast lava fields, lava caves and funnels, and an impressive crater - all of which can be explored.
Tiritiri Matangi. Another Auckland Island, Tiritiri Matangi is a wildlife sanctuary just four kilometres from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Following extensive reforestation and pest-eradication, the island is now home to growing populations of rare native birds such as the Kokako and the Takahe - a bird once thought to be extinct. Visit for an insight into New Zealand's native mammals.
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