Little Barrier Island Experience

Little Barrier Island Experience (6 hrs)

Experience the inspiring beauty of Hauturu Little Barrier Island on our 6-hour adventure boat cruise departing from Sandspit, just 50 minutes north of Auckland city.

Little Barrier Island (Te Hauturu o toi) is New Zealand’s first ever nature reserve, a prehistoric island, considered New Zealand’s most intact eco-system!

Stunning cliffs, caves, dense native bush filled with bird song, and great wildlife viewing opportunities! Swim, snorkel or dive in the clear waters abundant with marine life. Kayak up close to the protected shores, play on one of our paddle boards, or just sit back and take in the breath-taking scenery. We even gaurantee you’ll be able to view hammerhead sharks or your next trip is FREE!*

This boat trip adventure includes lunch, snorkel gear, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards!

*Seasonal & / or Weather Conditions apply.

Note: We have a shortened 4.5 hour Winter Season boat trip available focused on sightseeing & wildlife (valid May 1st – October 31st).

What’s Included

  • Boat trip to / from the island
  • Use of snorkel gear, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards (summer season)
  • Educational commentary on the island’s history, ecology & conservation
  • Dolphin sightings are very common, as well as hammerhead sharks, sting ray & eagle ray, many species of fish & sea birds
  • A homemade lunch is provided as well as tea, coffee & hot chocolate

*Landing is NOT permitted on the island without prior DOC permit

Departure Times

Summer Season (November 1st – April 30th)   10:00am – 4:00pm

Winter Season (May 1st– October 31st 2017)  10:30am – 3:00pm

All trips depart from:

Sandspit Yacht Club Marina, 1287 Sandspit Rd, Warkworth.


Summer Season (Oct. 21st – April 3oth)

  • Adults NZD$160
  • Children (5-15yrs) NZD$95
  • Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) NZD$399

Winter Season (May 1st – Oct. 20th)

  • Adults NZD$125
  • Children (5-15yrs) NZD$65
  • Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) NZD$325

Under 5yrs FREE

Private Boat Charter: NZD$1200 (summer) and NZD$900 (winter) – up to 12 passengers, catering not included

*Minimum of 4 passengers required for public trips.

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another happy Gulf Eco Adventurer

Having lived in Auckland for 14 years I would say this is the best tour I’ve been on and its in my own back yard – if I paid double I’d still mark a 5/5!! Hit the “book” button – give it a go – you’ll be so pleased you did. See you again soon – next time I’m bringing a crowd !! Loved it – living the dream in NZ!”


April 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? 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

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