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Island worth visiting for half a day outside Auckland?

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Hi, we only have a day in Auckland this time, and were hoping to see a bit of downtown in the morning, and take a ferry to an island in the afternoon/evening. Any recommendation?

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Waiheke is the only practical option. Ferry's to other islands are very limited and are mostly scheduled around full day trips.

As a shorter alternative you could get a ferry to Devonport or further up the harbour to Hobsonville, there's a couple of eating places at Hobsonville

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Waiheke Island is within Auckland, but it enjoys a regular ferry service, and its infrastructure including island transport, services, dining options, and lovely beaches adds to the enjoyment of a day or half day visit. The ferries all offer scenery and views of the Waitemata Harbour and a portion of the Hauraki gulf as you get closer to Matiatia harbour.

Devonport, Half Moon Bay, Hobsonville are all surburban areas of Auckland.

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id suggest rangitoto - depending on when your half day is and if it fits in with ferry sailings to and from rangitoto. or consider a harbour cruise.

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Warning Rangitoto has no facilities, you need to take your own food and drink and, unless you are willing to hike the 240 metres to the summit, it is not worth the trip. I was easily the oldest person there on the day I went. Unless you are very fit it will be more than a half day visit. My diary says, "very sore, too tired to eat dinner."

Waiheke is much more pleasant for the average tourist.

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I agree with the Waiheke Island notion. It has developed its tourism industry nicely to fit in with residents. Nothing screaming over-stated, and nothing short of a beautiful environment that lots of people provide enormous effort to provide. The Waiheke Island watchdog is keen to protect as much natural beauty as possible.

Waiheke Island has a series of coastal tracks called Te Ara Hura trail. The idea started with one man's vision to lead visitors through a coastal native bush walkway from Matiatia harbour to Oneroa village. The concept grew from Mac's vision and drive. Bless him for his determination to succeed.

Waiheke produces red and white varietal wines. Alongside the boutique wineries, the onsite cafes began and Waiheke raises a lot of its own produce. Including mussel and oyster farms as well as organic crops and olives.

Fullers 360 ferries operate an hourly schedule in the daytime, and run evening ferries back to Auckland downtown. A lot of folk remain on the island to take advantage of a delicious evening meal before heading home. In the reverse direction a lot of island residents take advantage of evening ferry sailing to attend concerts, shows, sports fixtures and family gatherings. Hence the number of passengers flowing to and from Waiheke all all times.

Vineyard and supermarket workers make up the bulk of early morning sailings. The good news is that Waiheke ferries have onboard licenced cafes selling cabinet foods and beverages. No need to go hungry. Ferries are spacious and there are lots of seats. We prefer to be outside the main upstairs cabin for fresh air. You can prebook taxis and tours. Ananda tours are long established. But many visitors book a ferry and Explorer HOHO tour ticket for transport and sightseeing.

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#4 agree, you need to be prepared for Rangitoto, you can't just turn up and go like you can to Waiheke

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Than you all so much, very helpful!!

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