8. Rotoroa Island
Not to be confused with Rotorua, Rotoroa Island is located an hour’s ferry ride from downtown Auckland but by the time you step off the ferry, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Rotoroa is a very secluded island with very few accommodation options and very few people. If you are looking for a hidden gem, this is it. From bushwalks to lounging on the beach, Rotoroa Island feels like a secret island. There are no shops so you will have to pack everything you need for the day but there is a museum which is worth a look!