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Full Day Island Explorer - Gulf Eco Adventures

Join us for an incredible day exploring some of the most remote and pristine islands of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Highlights

  • Explore either Mokohinau Islands, Hen & Chicken Islands or Great Barrier Island
  • Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding & sightseeing all day!
  • Chance to spot a wide range of wildlife such as dolphins, whales, seals, penguins & seabirds
  • Full use of snorkel gear, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards
  • Every trip is different providing a truly unique experience for all!

This 9-hour Adventure Cruise features amazing snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding & sightseeing, with all activity equipment included!

There are also great opportunities for wildlife viewing, including dolphins, whales, seals, penguins & seabirds.

With a maximum of just 12 passengers you're guaranteed a friendly and personal experience with your passionate & knowledgeable skipper & guide.

Included on the trip is lunch & afternoon tea, full use of snorkel gear, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards.

Each trip is a different and completely unique adventure, exploring one of the following destinations:

 

- Mokohinau Islands

Situated on the edge of the continental shelf, the dramatic Mokohinau Islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters offering incredible snorkeling & sightseeing.

One of the islands can be landed on, allowing a great opportunity to walk to the lighthouse summit for breath-taking views of the Hauraki Gulf.

 

- Hen & Chicken Islands

The Hen and Chicken Islands are a protected nature reserve consisting of 5 main islands and is home to many endangered New Zealand bird species and rare fauna and flora.

The waters surrounding the islands are excellent for snorkeling, diving and has an epic coastline for kayaking.

 

- Great Barrier Island

Home to approximately 1000 people, 'the Barrier' is by far the largest island in the Gulf, with a huge and varied coastline offering many sheltered harbours & secluded bays.

The eastern coast has many long white sand beaches and heavy surf, while the sheltered western coast has hundreds of secluded bays & smaller islands which offer some of the best diving, snorkeling and boating in the country.

Great Barrier is also the world's newest Night Sky Sanctuary! We offer private overnight adventures with on board accommodation.

 

Adult $225.00
Child $140.00

What's included

  • Use of kayaks & paddle boards
  • Snorkel gear and wetsuits
  • Lunch and afternoon tea

Duration

  • Allow approximately 9 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth

Notes

  • ***Please note that we depart from Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth. Directions will be provided on booking confirmation**

    Special priced tickets are available on set days/times only. Minimum numbers apply. Trips may be cancelled or postponed due to weather conditions.

  • Please ensure you are ready and waiting at the end of the wharf at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

    Child Age is 8 - 15 years.

Available Bookings from June 05 to June 11

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 5 Jun
Sat 6 Jun
Sun 7 Jun
Mon 8 Jun
Tue 9 Jun
Wed 10 Jun
Thu 11 Jun

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$225.00
  • Child$140.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$225.00
  • Child$140.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$225.00
  • Child$140.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$225.00
  • Child$140.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Wenwen from New Zealand wrote on 04 January 2019

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Unforgettable experience

Really really a fantastic trip with so many highlight out of your expectation and we even saw the whales! Captain Kurt is super friendly and always does his best to meet your need. You can't miss such an amazing experience in life. 五星推荐哦!

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Vicki from United Kingdom wrote on 27 January 2019

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Fantastic day

This was a brilliant trip!! I would highly recommend this to anyone! Good for people that want to snorkel, sit in the sun and do different activities. We got to see dolphins which was amazing! Thank you so much!!

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Akashi Boparai from New Zealand wrote on 01 January 2019

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A Fantastic day in the Sea

I went to this tour 31st December and this became the best day of the year. It was really an Amazing adventurous day. I haven't ever got into the sea before but Kurt (guide) helped me to overcome the fear and even taught me to swim, I'll be grateful to him forever. Kayaking was much fun and Kurt showed us through beautiful caves and showed some unique fishes.. That's not all, we had a closer look at Heaps of dolphins (even heard them) and also a Whale. Kurt helped kids to watch dolphins too. Overall day was perfect and guide himself was very experienced and obliging. I'll recommend this tour to everyone and myself looking forward to join this 1-day tour again.

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Tim from Canada wrote on 31 January 2020

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BRUTAL EXPERIENCE

What started off as an idyllic adventure turned into a terrifying experience. Never thought I would end up with a burst fractured of the L1 vertebrae & a week in the Whangarei Hospital. The incident happened on our return to Sandspit Wharf in high winds and rough waters. We were motoring fast. When asked to slow down, Kurt replied that it wouldn’t make a difference and he continued at top speed. The physical damage I suffered was the result of the boat launching off the crest of a wave, lifting me out of my seat and suspending me in mid-air. I landed with such force on my tailbone you could hear the sound of the vertebra fracturing. I emailed Bookme requesting a refund due to the experience and out of pocket expenses (cab: $300 to get car in Sandspit + overnight hotel $125). Kurt’s response to Bookme was “No refund”.

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Melinda from New Zealand wrote on 25 October 2018

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Must do trip!

Fantastic full day out to the Mokohinau islands. Snorkelling was amazing in crystal clear waters. Wonderful walk upto the lighthouse for amazing views. Lots of fab wildlife. Kurt is a great host & very generous with his time. Lovely lunch provided too. To top of a wonderful day we saw 2 lots of common dolphin on the way back.

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Thanks Melinda, loved you having you back!

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