Our Boat Cruises
NEW ZEALAND UNTOUCHED
Choose Your Next New Zealand Boat Adventure With Us!
Boat cruises ranging from 3 hours to half day, full day or overnight.
Sightseeing, snorkeling, kayaking, diving & wildlife. Summer & winter season options, with individual or group bookings welcomed. View our calendar for scheduled upcoming trips or select your own dates.
Private charter bookings also available.
Our Boat Trips
A relaxing 3 hour boat cruise around the picturesque Matakana Coast. Sights include Kawau Island, Tawharanui & Goat Island Marine Reserve. Commentary on the regions' ecology & history with great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Plus our complimentary homemade muffins!
Little Barrier Island Experience
Experience the inspiring beauty of Little Barrier Island, considered NZ’s most intact eco-system! Stunning cliffs, caves & dense native bush filled with birdlife. Swim, snorkel or dive in the clear waters abundant with marine life. Includes lunch & all activity equipment.
Full Day Island Explorer
Explore the Hauraki Gulf's more remote destinations of either: Great Barrier Is, the Mokohinaus or the Hen & Chicken Islands. Spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife and some of the clearest water in New Zealand! A must for intrepid travelers and divers.
Winter Season (May 1st – October 31st)
Do I need to bring lunch / snacks?
No, but you can bring additional food if you wish. On our day trips, we supply a filled wrap, muffin and seasonal fruit (with vegetarian and vegan options), with a hot soup provided in winter. It is advised that you bring your own drinking water. We have additional beverages available for purchase on the boat.
What clothing should I wear / bring?
Sensible clothing includes lightweight shorts or trousers, sunhat, sunglasses, a warm jersey / jacket, and flat rubber-soled shoes. Bring swimwear, a towel and a change of warm clothes can be handy, and a light-weight rain jacket just in case the weather turns.
What if I get seasick?
If you have suffered from any sort of travel sickness before, it is advised to take seasick medication first thing in the morning before the trip. We do carry medication on the boat as well as acupressure wrist bands.
What if the weather forecast is bad?
We constantly monitor the general & marine weather forecasts which are regularly updated. The main weather influence on our trips is wind, so if it’s strong there is a good chance the trip will be canceled or postponed. If the forecast is only for rain, but light winds and calm sea, we will not cancel a trip. If the weather forecast isn’t looking good, we will let you know by email and/or text message, and a final decision on whether a trip will proceed is made at 7am on the morning of a trip at the latest.
Are the trips suitable for infants and / or toddlers, and is there a charge?
We welcome children of all ages on our trips, however parents must take full responsibility for them, and be aware of how long the boat trips are, that the sea can sometimes be rough, and that safety is paramount around the water. There is no charge for children under 5 years, however you must let us know when booking.
Do I / can I bring my own snorkel gear and wetsuit?
We supply a range of spring wetsuits, snorkels, masks and fins. All gear is new and cleaned thoroughly after every use. Of course we can’t guarantee we’ll have a wetsuit & fins to fit everybody on board, so if you would like to bring your own gear you are more than welcome.
Is there an extra charge for use of snorkel gear, kayaks & paddle boards?
No! All gear is supplied as part of the trip cost.
Can we land on any of the islands?
Most of the island destinations we go to, including Little Barrier, are nature reserves, which means no one can land without a special permit. However you can land on Great Barrier Island and one of the Mokohinau islands.
Will I see dolphins and whales, and can I swim with dolphins?
We can’t guarantee marine mammal sightings as they are all wild animals and it’s a big ocean! However we see dolphins very regularly (about 75% of our trips) either close to shore or out in open water, and if it is suitable, you will be allowed to swim with them. Whales are less common, but it is possible for whale and Orca sightings. Swimming with whales is not permitted.
Where do we leave from?
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 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!
Are there any bar crossings or open-ocean travel?
We DO NOT cross any sand bars where we operate. We do however cross some open-ocean stretches of water where there is usually some sort of sea swell or chop, so expect some movement of the boat! We carry 20 lifejackets on board of varying sizes, and anyone can request to wear one at any stage. You will be given a full safety briefing prior to departure.
We take you to some of the most unique & pristine destinations in NZ!
Great opportunities to see seabirds, dolphins, sharks, fish & stingray
Most of our trips include snorkeling, kayaking & paddle boarding, with all gear supplied FREE!
Informative & Educational
On all of our trips we offer an interesting commentary on the areas’ history, ecology & conservation
Friendly & Intimate
Our trips take a maximum of 12 passengers so you’ll be guaranteed a relaxed, friendly environment.
All day trips include a nutritious home-made lunch with hot soup in winter.