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Little Barrier Experience - Island Cruise - Gulf Eco Adventures

Join Gulf Eco Adventures for an unforgettable journey to the treasured island of Hauturu Little Barrier!

Highlights

  • Get right up close to the stunning coastline of Little Barrier Island
  • Chance to see dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and seabirds!
  • Knowledgable commentary from your skipper on the islands history, conservation and ecology
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and hot beverages on-board
  • The best way to discover the jewel in the crown' of the Hauraki Gulf!

This 4.5-hour winter season boat cruise gets you up close to the rugged, stunningly beautiful coastline, with steep cliffs, sea caves and lush native bush full of bird-life.

Lunch is included, complimentary tea, coffee & hot chocolate, with a maximum of 12 passengers you'll be guaranteed a personal and friendly experience.

Internationally recognized, this abundant and thriving nature reserve is considered the most intact ecosystem in New Zealand, and is known as the 'jewel in the crown' of the Hauraki Gulf.

Landings are not permitted on the island, however, your passionate & knowledgeable skipper & guide will provide a fascinating commentary on the islands history, conservation and ecology.

The winter season also provides the best wildlife viewing - including opportunities for spectacular dolphin sightings, whales, seals, penguins and seabirds.

We depart from Sandspit marina, just 50 minutes north of Auckland city. There are regular, cheap bus fares from the city to Warkworth, where we also offer FREE pick up / drop off between Warkworth & Sandspit.

 

Please Note: This boat cruise is suitable for all ages, however we do travel across open ocean which can sometimes be bumpy.

Winter Season Price includes:

Boat Cruise

Informative Commentary

Lunch, tea, coffee & hot chocolate

 

Winter Season (May 1st - September 30th)

- 4.5-Hour Adventure Boat Cruise

Price

Adults: $125

Children: $65 (5-15 yrs)

Infants: FREE (under 5yrs)

Duration: 4.5 hours (1hr boat trip to / from the island)

 

Summer Season (Oct 1st - April 30th)

- 6-Hour Adventure Boat Cruise Including Snorkeling, Kayaking & Paddle Boards

Price

Adults: $160

Children: $95 (5-15yrs)

Infants: FREE (under 5 years)

Duration: 6 hours (1hr boat trip to / from the island)

 

Departure: Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth.

Adult summer $160.00
Adult winter $125.00
Child summer $95.00
Child winter $65.00

Location

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

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • ***Please note that we depart from Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth. Directions will be provided on booking confirmation**
  • Please ensure you are ready and waiting at the end of the wharf at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

Available Bookings from December 16 to December 22

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec
Fri 20 Dec
Sat 21 Dec
Sun 22 Dec

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult summer$112.00
  • Child summer$95.00

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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Bree from Australia wrote on 17 August 2019

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Amazing experience. Would do it again.

Kurt was amazing. From the time we steped onto the boat he was friendly and accommodating. His knowledge and enthusiasm about Little Barrier and the Eco systems around the island is contagious. The boat was so comfy and spacious. Even in winter Kurt encouraged us to get out on the water in the kayaks and I am so happy I did. We went into a little cave and up close to some seals. Will go out again in the summer to get in the snorkeling and spend more time in the water. So much peacefulness while out in the Kayaks. Thanks heaps Kurt, see you next time

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My pleasure Bree! Can't wait to see you again 😊

Nicolas from France wrote on 16 April 2019

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Awesome adventure around LBI

No photo but I realised one video with my DSLR and my drone of this fantastic day : https://youtu.be/7X8ustrxpvY We could see many fishes and 2 eagle rays during the snorkelling activities. All the cliffs around the island are impressive. And Kurt is a nice and helpfull pilot.

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Balraj from New Zealand wrote on 16 December 2018

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Eco adventure

Will definitely go again with these guys .Awesome service

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Ines Allag from New Zealand wrote on 17 November 2018

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Great expérience

It's was an amazing day ! Kurt was super nice and gave us many explanation about the island. We had the opportunity to snorkel and play around with kayaks and paddle boards ! Kurt provided us with tea coffee and lunch ! He took his time so that we would appreciate the day as much as we could. And he took us to see tons of dolphins and even a whale !! Worth it !!

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Thanks so much Ines, glad you enjoyed the day!

Melinda from New Zealand wrote on 21 October 2018

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Wonderful day out!

We had a great day out with gulf eco adventures. Little barrier was amazingly beautiful, high cliffs, rocky islands & dense native vegetation. We cruised around the whole island stopping for a delicious lunch, snorkeling & kayaking. The water was crystal clear. Kurt was a great host & gave lots of information about the island. We had such a great time we’ve booked ourselves on one of his other island trips! A must do trip!

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Thanks Melinda, and great to have you guys out again!

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