Islands of the Gulf

There are some 70 islands in the Hauraki Gulf, cast across the great embayment in a disorderly fashion.

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Most are in the languid waters of the inner gulf, such as here in the Waiheke Channel, where hundreds of placid anchorages make for some of the best cruising in the world.

Lurking beneath, however, is the invisible menace of life in the gulf. Over the past 90 years, sedimentation in the Firth of Thames have been increasing at rates ten times higher than other estuaries. Sedimentation is toxic to marine organisms, reducing diversity and abundance. If anything, rates of sedimentation in the Firth are expected to increase as rainfall events become more intense.

Episodes From This Location

City of sails

1 minute / 2018

Waka-ama with Richard

1 minute / 2018

Prepare for take-off

1 minute / 2018

Islands of the Gulf

1 minute / 2018

Future food

1 minute / 2018

Dumped

1 minute / 2018

The remains of the day

1 minute / 2018

Spilling sewers

1 minute / 2018

Recreational fishing

1 minute / 2018

Meet the locals

1 minute / 2018

Off balance

1 minute / 2018

Sustainable fishing

1 minute / 2018

Bow riding

1 minute / 2018

Trevally traffic

1 minute / 2018

Beneath the boats

1 minute / 2018

City on the sea

1 minute / 2018