Rangitoto Island Kayak Tour, Auckland By ATEED. This was a violent decade on the North Island and the period was known as the Musket Wars. A short detour will lead you to The Kauri Museum where you can learn the history of mighty Tane Mahuta before having morning tea at the Gumdiggers Café next door. … A hidden natural gem, the island is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. How to Visit the Auckland Islands. A rare opportunity allowing them to measure the distance between the earth and the sun. Depart from Auckland and journey north via SH1. On 9 December 1874, eight German scientists studied a transit of Venus from Auckland Island. Take a short ferry from the city to walk or do a guided tour to the summit for spectacular views, or glide across the harbour via paddle power on a sunset kayak tour. Discover Rotoroa Island’s blend of stunning scenery and captivating history. 9 December 1874 was an important day. The World Heritage status also applies to the marine environment out to 12 nautical miles from each group. Around the world, science teams prepared to study the transit of Venus. Commonly referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ is the rugged and remote biodiversity hotspot known as the Auckland Islands. One-third of the way from New Zealand to Antarctica, perched in the stormy seas of the roaring forties and furious fifties, are windswept, tussock covered islands of dramatically steep cliffs and deep valleys. Browse Maori art at the Kings Theatre before arriving in Paihia - the ideal base for exploring the Bay of Islands. The New Zealand Sub-antarctic Islands (NZSAI) encompasses five island groups that lie between latitudes 47 o and 53 o south; Snares Islands/Tini Heke, Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands/Motu Maha and Campbell Island/Motu Ihupuku and the islands surrounding it. Get a taste of Auckland’s island of wine in the Hauraki Gulf. The Auckland Council area has a larger population estimated at 1.57 million, and it is part of the larger Auckland Region, which includes many rural towns and areas to the south, along with the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Discover lazy days, vineyards, olive groves and beautiful beaches – all just a 40-minute ferry ride away. By the end of the 1830s, pressure was mounting on the British government to intervene in this conflict, to protect both the Maori and the white settlers. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and explore the island’s walking tracks, beautiful beaches and collection of historical buildings. View a map of the Auckland Islands, part of New Zealand's World Heritage listed subantarctic islands. Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto is a dormant volcanic cone that sits just off the coast from the central city.

The 2016 population of 1,415,550 in Auckland accounts for 33.4% of the country's population. The urban population density is 1,210 people per square kilometer. Waiheke Island.

There’s a reason Waiheke Island was named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit for 2016 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide.