• Hauraki Gulf Conservation Cruises with naturalist Olive Andrews

We are pleased to announce that Terra & Tide will be running a series of Hauraki Gulf conservation cruises with guest guide Olive Andrews, a marine mammal researcher, ocean policy expert and polar guide.

Olive lives on Waiheke Island and would normally be guiding in Antarctica at this time of year but, due to Covid, she is home for the summer and has agreed to share her expertise with our guests.

The Hauraki Gulf is known as the seabird capital of New Zealand and is also home to resident and migratory marine mega fauna including dolphins, orca, Brydes whale, fin whales, sei whales and pygmy blue whales.

Come out with us on the sailing yacht Pacific Star for a special day discovering the fascinating oceanography of the gulf, its natural history and the biology of marine life including seabirds, marine mammals and fish. You’ll learn about the importance of the Hauraki Gulf as a critical habitat of high conservation significance.

Our conservation cruises include a visit to the gannet colony on Horuhoru Rock, home to 2500 nesting pairs and one of only five such sites in New Zealand.

Experience the underwater soundscape via a hydrophone and perhaps meet dolphins and orcas.

The cruise is perfect for children (8+) and adults alike. It includes a delicious lunch, plus we’ll anchor in a secluded bay accessible only by boat, for some swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

Sailing dates

  • 28 December 2020
  • 15 January 2021
  • 21 January 2021
  • 29 January 2021

Departing 9am from Matiatia and returning at approximately 4:30pm.

Cost: $340.00 per person with a minimum of 6 required. If you’d like to organise your own group of up to 12 people, you can book an exclusive cruise for another date for just $2900.

Top photo: Gannets on Horuhoru Rock


10 December 2020