It is New Zealand’s largest city and the gateway to the Hauraki Gulf.
The Auckland Region or Tāmaki Makaurau is New Zealand’s largest urban area
and contains 33 percent of the nation’s residents, while remaining he second
smallest of the country’s 16 regions by land area. The Hauraki Gulf is a stunning
body of water and home to resident pods of whales and dolphins and good
stocks of fish as well.
Tāmaki Makaurau means isthmus of one thousand lovers and the area was a
key trading point for around 800 years for Maori. It was a natural meeting
point connecting the West Coast with the East and the waterways into and out
of the Hauraki Gulf as well as the Waitako River.
One of the best family snorkelling experiences can be found at the Goat
Island Marine Reserve and diving around the Hauraki Gulf’s outer islands
such as Mokahinau Islands and Littler Barrier is spectacular. Fishing in the
inner gulf is productive for Snapper and Kahawai while the outer gulf boasts
great kingfish and marlin fishing in season.