New Zealand's unique islands

Dive turquoise water, walk on active volcanoes, drink wine or simply relax in the wilderness.

Poor Knights Island, Northland

The place Jacques Cousteau rated among the top 10 dive spots in the world, Poor Knights Island is a playground for snorkelling, cruising and exploring. It's easy to get to from Northland, or charter a boat from Tutukaka, Bay of Islands or Auckland.

Rangitoto Island, Auckland

Take the ferry from downtown Auckland to Rangitoto Island and explore the volcanic terrain and lava fields on your way up to the top, where you will get spectacular 360-degree views. If you're feeling energetic, take a sunset kayak tour before paddling back in the dark.

Stewart Island - Rakiura

You can get to Stewart Island, New Zealand's third largest island, by sea or air. Stay in Halfmoon Bay (also known as Oban), or walk along one of Rakiura National Park's 280km of walking tracks. Marvel at the widlife including blue penguins or brown kiwi - who outnumber the 600 humans who live there.

White Island (Whakaari), Bay of Plenty

Take a tour White Island (Whakaari), one of New Zealand's many active volcanoes, or watch the steaming vents from above on a scenic flight. Just 35km off Whakatane, the volcano has had around 35 small to moderate eruptions since 1826.

Waiheke Island, Auckland

A must-do for anyone visiting Auckland, the ferry to Waiheke Island only takes 40 minutes, meaning you'll be sipping wine in no time. Take a wine tour or simply use the public bus to explore the island, consistently voted among the best in the world. 

Kapiti Island, Wellington

Kapiti Island is home to some of New Zealand's most endangered birds with the protected waters teeming with marine life. For an alternative accomodation style, try glamping and fully immerse yourself in nature.

Great Barrier Island

Despite its small population, Great Barrier Island has a lot to offer with forests, beaches and bays begging to be explored. Go diving, fishing, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and camping. Only 30 minutes flight from Auckland, you can stay in a tent or luxury eco lodge. 
 

Chatham Islands

With a population of about 600, the Chatham Islands are so remote, they even have their own time zone (45 minutes ahead of New Zealand). With regular flights from Auckland and Wellington, you can fly straight into the wilderness where you'll taste great seafood and witness fascinately nature and wildlife.

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