Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

New Zealand's first marine reserve, Cape Rodney-Okakari Point was established in 1975. It is also known as Goat Island or Leigh marine reserve.
Location: The Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve is located 3.5km from Leigh township, about one and a half hour's drive from Auckland. 

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park spans three areas. This link will take you to information about the islands and marine reserves, in the Auckland area section of the website.
Location: The park is located in the Hauraki Gulf and the eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Kawau Island Historic Reserve

Visit Kawau Island, former home to Sir George Grey, who developed the stately Mansion House and its exotic gardens. The house, gardens and tracks on the reserve are open to the public.
Location: Kawau lies north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf.

Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Nature Reserve

Little Barrier Island is one of New Zealand's predator-free nature reserves, and home to a multitude of endangered species. You must first obtain a permit to visit. 
Location: It lies 80 km north of Auckland city on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf.

Motuora Recreation Reserve

Come to Moturoa Island for a picnic, or you can camp for the night at this predator-free Auckland reserve. Young kiwi are raised here until they can defend themselves. 
Location: It lies five kilometres east of Mahurangi Heads, north of Auckland.

Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve (Open Sanctuary)

You can be one of the lucky few to visit Tiritiri Matangi each day. This scientific reserve near Auckland is home to many native species due to being predator-free.
Location: It lies 4 km off the coast of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland.

Walking Tracks in Rodney District (PDF)

DOC - Area Information