3-Hour Matakana     Coastal Cruise

Coastal Cruise (3 hrs)

Take an adventurous  boat cruise around the stunning Matakana Coast and enjoy our complimentary freshly baked muffins!  Swim in the warm waters of Kawau Bay, try snorkeling, kayaking or just sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

This cruise is only available for private charters, & is perfect for small groups, families, birthdays, Hen’s parties, corporate events & team building. We take a maximum of 12 passengers, and can provide additional catering to suit your needs, or BYO available.

Sights include Kawau Island, Tawharanui Regional Park & Marine Reserve, & Goat Island Marine Reserve (weather permitting).

This beautiful coastline features many sheltered bays and coves, many seabirds, penguins & even an exposed shipwreck!

Based just 50 minutes north of Auckland city, the Matakana region features many vineyards, a village Farmers’ Market, antiques trail, arts & crafts, and many beautiful beaches and regional parks. A great day trip from Auckland, or stay at one of the many boutique accommodation providers, and experience all the other attractions that this fantastic region offers!

Morning or afternoon trips available, operating all year round.

What’s Included

  • Spectacular coastal and island views, seabirds and wildlife.
  • Spacious boat layout with sound system.
  • Complimentary homemade muffins. Additional catering can be ordered.
  • Maximum of 12 passengers, with fantastic viewing from our top deck
  • Opportunity for swimming, with snorkeling gear & kayaks available to use at no extra charge.

Departure Times

Operates all year round (bookings essential)

10am or 2pm (please inquire for alternative times) 

All trips depart from:

Sandspit Yacht Club Marina, 1287 Sandspit Rd, Warkworth.


  • Private Boat Charter (3 hours minimum): NZD $600                   (up to 12 passengers)
  • Additional Hours: $150p/h
  • Additional Catering: BBQ Lunch $20pp / Packed Lunch $15pp / Platters & Nibbles $15pp



*This cruise is only available for Private Boat Charter.

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another happy Gulf Eco Adventurer

We booked this cruise to celebrate a birthday with the family. We has such a great 3 hours that we are looking at booking another cruise before summer ends. Kurt was friendly, the commentary was really interesting and the scenery was stunning. We highly recommend Gulf Eco Adventures for a fun family outing!

Fiona Sutherland

January 2017

Our Boat 'Kokomo'

Kokomo is an 11m aluminium launch fully surveyed to take up to 12 passengers. Capable of cruising at 20-24 knots, and with a maximum speed of 32 knots, she will get you out to great dive spots & remote islands quickly & comfortably.

Your Skipper

Kurt Salmond, together with wife Clair and kids Jesse & Mikayla, started Gulf Eco Adventures in 2016, to share our love of the outer Hauraki Gulf, and to help educate people on sustainable living and environmental awareness.

Kurt is a fully qualified skipper with Maritime New Zealand, and holds a current first aid certificate. He is also a volunteer with the local Coastguard unit.

Our Location

Our boat is berthed at the Sandspit Yacht Club marina, 1287 Sandspit Road, Warkworth. It is just a 50 minute drive north of Auckland city. Turn off SH1 at Warkworth and follow the signs to Sandspit.

How do we get there?

www.nakedbus.com/nz offer a cheap and daily return bus service from Auckland city or the airport to Warkworth town. We provide FREE transfers between Warkworth & Sandspit, just let us know when you book.

For larger groups and private charters, we can help to arrange a private shuttle bus / coach to get you to / from Sandspit.

Mahu City Express offers luxury coach travel between Auckland & Matakana. Visit https://www.mahucityexpress.co.nz/contact/

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- Individual / Group / Corporate & Private Bookings Accepted –