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Little Barrier Experience - Island Cruise - Gulf Eco Adventures

Join Gulf Eco Adventures for an unforgettable journey to the treasured island of Hauturu Little Barrier!

Highlights

  • Get right up close to the stunning coastline of Little Barrier Island
  • Chance to see dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and seabirds!
  • Knowledgable commentary from your skipper on the islands history, conservation and ecology
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and hot beverages on-board
  • The best way to discover the jewel in the crown' of the Hauraki Gulf!

This 4.5-hour winter season boat cruise gets you up close to the rugged, stunningly beautiful coastline, with steep cliffs, sea caves and lush native bush full of bird-life.

Lunch is included, complimentary tea, coffee & hot chocolate, with a maximum of 12 passengers you'll be guaranteed a personal and friendly experience.

Internationally recognized, this abundant and thriving nature reserve is considered the most intact ecosystem in New Zealand, and is known as the 'jewel in the crown' of the Hauraki Gulf.

Landings are not permitted on the island, however, your passionate & knowledgeable skipper & guide will provide a fascinating commentary on the islands history, conservation and ecology.

The winter season also provides the best wildlife viewing - including opportunities for spectacular dolphin sightings, whales, seals, penguins and seabirds.

We depart from Sandspit marina, just 50 minutes north of Auckland city. There are regular, cheap bus fares from the city to Warkworth, where we also offer FREE pick up / drop off between Warkworth & Sandspit.

 

Please Note: This boat cruise is suitable for all ages, however we do travel across open ocean which can sometimes be bumpy.

Winter Season Price includes:

Boat Cruise

Informative Commentary

Lunch, tea, coffee & hot chocolate

 

Winter Season (May 1st - September 30th)

- 4.5-Hour Adventure Boat Cruise

Price

Adults: $125

Children: $65 (5-15 yrs)

Infants: FREE (under 5yrs)

Duration: 4.5 hours (1hr boat trip to / from the island)

 

Summer Season (Oct 1st - April 30th)

- 6-Hour Adventure Boat Cruise Including Snorkeling, Kayaking & Paddle Boards

Price

Adults: $160

Children: $95 (5-15yrs)

Infants: FREE (under 5 years)

Duration: 6 hours (1hr boat trip to / from the island)

 

Departure: Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth.

Adult summer $160.00
Adult winter $125.00
Child summer $95.00
Child winter $65.00

Location

  • Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • ***Please note that we depart from Sandspit Public Wharf, at the end of Sandpsit Road, Warkworth. Directions will be provided on booking confirmation**
  • Please ensure you are ready and waiting at the end of the wharf at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

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Bree from Australia wrote on 17 August 2019

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Amazing experience. Would do it again.

Kurt was amazing. From the time we steped onto the boat he was friendly and accommodating. His knowledge and enthusiasm about Little Barrier and the Eco systems around the island is contagious. The boat was so comfy and spacious. Even in winter Kurt encouraged us to get out on the water in the kayaks and I am so happy I did. We went into a little cave and up close to some seals. Will go out again in the summer to get in the snorkeling and spend more time in the water. So much peacefulness while out in the Kayaks. Thanks heaps Kurt, see you next time

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My pleasure Bree! Can't wait to see you again 😊

Nicolas from France wrote on 16 April 2019

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Awesome adventure around LBI

No photo but I realised one video with my DSLR and my drone of this fantastic day : https://youtu.be/7X8ustrxpvY We could see many fishes and 2 eagle rays during the snorkelling activities. All the cliffs around the island are impressive. And Kurt is a nice and helpfull pilot.

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Alexandra from Sweden wrote on 25 February 2019

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A great day at the open sea

Great boat day out on the open sea! We got to do a lot of nice water activites like snorkeling and SUP and enjoyed the calm sea by the little barrier island. If you want a tour where yiu get to swim and do fun stuff all day long, this is def a tour for you!

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Mandy from New Zealand wrote on 17 February 2019

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Amazing day out on the water

Such an awesome day out on the water. Kurt is a great host, and tailor makes the trip for the guests on the tour. We would definitely do it again.

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Jessica Terruhn from New Zealand wrote on 04 February 2019

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Great day out

We had a fantastic time on this trip to Little Barrier. It was a small group (they take up to 12 but there were only 6 of us that day) and we were given plenty of time to explore the waters around the island - snorkel gear as well as a couple of kayaks and paddle boards were provided. Definitely worth it, we saw lots of sting rays and even juvenile hammer head sharks.

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