Full Day Island Explorer (9 hrs)
We are perfectly positioned to take you on an unforgettable adventure boat cruise to the most remote & pristine off-shore islands of Aucklands’ Hauraki Gulf.
Destinations include either Great Barrier Island, the Mokohinau Islands group, or the Hen & Chicken Islands.
This 9 hour boat trip includes all our water-based activities, including snorkeling, kayaking & paddle boarding, with each location very unique. Most of the islands are nature reserves, with great bird & marine life, crystal clear waters, and stunning scenery.
Travel time to each of the islands is approximatley 2 hours, where we anchor in a sheltered bay for lunch and plenty of time to snorkel, kayak, paddle board, or just relax and admire the incredible scenery & serenity. We then take you for a cruise around the islands coastline, exploring stunning rock formations, caves & steep cliffs, with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities!
Note: The Full Day Island Explorer is available during the summer season only, beginning 1st November – 30 April
Island Explorer Destinations
Hen & Chicken Islands
Taranga Island & Marotere Islands -five islands that have been a protected nature reserve & wildlife refuge for more than 60 years!
- Renowned for its birdlife, many species of which are extinct on the mainland.
- Surrounded by rocky reefs and are known for excellent diving & snorkeling.
- Great opportunities for dolphin sightings.
A small group of remote islands lying furthest from the mainland. The surrounding sea has crystal clear waters teeming with sea life.
- All but one of the islands are a nature reserve, but you can land on Burgess Island for a walk up to the lighthouse and lunch on the beach.
- One of the best dive locations in NZ!
- A must for the intrepid traveler!
Great Barrier Island:
Consisting of numerous inlets and harbours, this island is inhabited by approximately 1000 people, with a strong emphasis on sustainable living, and reflects what life was like in New Zealand decades ago.
- Excellent diving & snorkeling with spectacular scenery!
- 2 day / overnight packages available including boat or island accommodation.
- The worlds’ newest ‘Night-Sky Sanctuary’ with amazing star-gazing!
- Boat trip to / from either of the island destinations listed
- Full use of snorkel gear, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards
- Educational commentary on the island’s history, ecology & conservation
- Dolphin sightings are very common, as well as sting ray & eagle ray, many species of fish & sea birds
- A homemade lunch is provided as well as afternoon snack, tea, coffee, & hot chocolate
*Only available during the summer season. We are still available for private charters to these destinations during winter.
Summer Season Only (Nov. 1st – April 30th) 9am – 6pm
All trips depart from:
Sandspit Yacht Club Marina, 1287 Sandspit Rd, Warkworth.
- Adults NZD$225
- Children (5-15yrs) NZD$140
- Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) NZD$595
Under 5yrs FREE
Private Charter: NZD$1500 (up to 12 passengers, catering not included)
Overnight / Multi-Day Trips: NZD$1850 (sleeps up to 6 passengers plus skipper). We can also help to arrange island accomodation on Great Barrier Island.
*Minimum of 4 passengers required for public trips.
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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.
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 boat is berthed at the Sandspit Yacht Club marina, 1287 Sandspit Road, Warkworth. It is just a 45 minute drive north of Auckland city. Turn off SH1 at Warkworth and follow the signs to Sandspit.
How do I get there if I don’t have a car?
There is a regular bus service from Auckland City to Warkworth. Nakedbus.com usually has the cheapest fares for about $40 return. We offer a FREE transfer service between Warkworth town and Sandspit so just us know your bus times and we will see you there!
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