Scuba Diving Trips

Scuba Diving

The outer islands of the Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf offer some of the best scuba diving in New Zealand. Excellent water clarity, amazing underwater rock formations & reefs teeming with marine life.

We are perfectly located at Sandspit, just 50 minutes north of Auckland city, to get you out to the world-class dive locations of Great Barrier Island, the Mokohinaus, & the Hen & Chicken Islands & Sail Rock.

The Matakana Coast also features two Marine Reserves (Goat Island & Tawharanui). All this is located just 50 minutes north of Auckland city, enabling you to have a fantastic day diving without travelling far.

We operate a modern, comfortable & fast 11m launch, which will get you to the best dive spots quickly & comfortably!

We can also supply hire dive bottles and assist in the hire of dive equipment, dive guides & dive buddies.

We can also arrange multi-day / overnight trips. Get your group together and plan where you want to go!

What’s Included

  • If you’re a Qualified Open Water or Technical Diver, we are available for scuba diving trips to any of the locations covered in our package charters.
  • We can carry up to 8 divers with equipment.
  • Complimentary tea & coffee.
  • Our boat trips are purely as a transport option, and we do not provide tuition but we can arrange guides / dive buddies at an additional cost.
  • We can provide catering for an additional cost, and also assist in the hiring of dive equipment and oxygen tanks.


Full Boat Hire:

  • Little Barrier Island (6 hours): NZD$900
  • Full Day Island Explorer (9 hours) NZD$1350
  • Overnight / Multi-Day Dive Trips also available

*Prices exclude additional catering and equipment.                     Maximum of 8 divers for day trips / 6 divers for overnight trips..

*Scuba Diving Trips are only available for private charter groups.

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another happy Gulf Eco Adventurer

Our group of 8 divers travelled up from Otago to spend 2 days out on the water with Kurt & Gulf Eco Adventures. We completed dives at Little Barrier Island & the Mokohinaus. The boat was fast, clean & comfortable, and easily accommodated our group & equipment. Kurt was a great host, and ensured both days were safe & fun!

Will Charlton - Dive Otago

February 2017


ECO WARRIOR 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 departure is from Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of 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.

There is a public carpark at the wharf, with info centre, cafe & public toilets. For travellers, Sandspit Holiday Park is just across the road, or there are numerous well-priced b&b accommodation locally.

How do we get there? offer a 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.





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