• Hauraki Gulf Conservation Cruise

We are again running a series of Hauraki Gulf conservation cruises again this coming summer with expert guest guides.
The Hauraki Gulf is known as the seabird capital of New Zealand and is also home to a number of resident and migratory marine mega fauna including dolphins, orca, Brydes whale, fin whales, sei whales and pygmy blue whales. Come out with us, on Pacific Star for a special day on the water discovering the fascinating oceanography of the gulf, natural history and biology of the resident and migratory marine life including seabirds, marine mammals, and fish and the importance of the Hauraki Gulf as a critical habitat of high conservation significance.

Visit our local gannet colony on Horuhoru rock, home to 2500 nesting pairs and one of five in New Zealand, spot dolphins and orca and experience the underwater soundscape via a hydrophone to hear what’s happening down below.

Perfect for kids (8+) and adults alike. Includes a delicious lunch and anchoring in a secluded bay accessible only by boat, swimming, snorkelling or using kayaks and SUP’s

Departure dates:
24th October 2021, 21 November2021,
5th December 2021,30th December 2021,
Jan 16th 2022, Feb 20th 2022
March 20th 2022
or by demand

Departing 9am from Matiatia and returning at approx. 430pm.


  • Catered delicious lunch including local produce
  • Snacks, water, hot drinks
  • Snorkelling, swimming and kayaking

Bottles of local wine available for purchase

Not included

  • Ferry to/from Waiheke (tickets can be purchased from us)

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water
  • Raincoat (depending on forecast)
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  • I loved my walking tour with Justine! We visited a specially curated selection of art galleries and studios in artists homes. It was delightful to meet the various artists and see their creative spaces. After a delicious lunch at one of the studios, the tour shifted to the exploration of local nature, birds and trees along one of Waiheke’s many walking trails. Justine’s knowledge of both the art and nature of the island was so impressive, and it was a pleasure to spend a few hours with her on my visit. Two thumbs up for this experience!

    Art walk – 5 stars

  • I did the Art Walk on Waiheke last weekend and really enjoyed it. Michael and Justine, our guides, were friendly and enthusiastic about the island and its many artists. We visited the art gallery and other art storefronts, but they also brought us to the homes of various artists who I would not have known to visit on my own, and we had lunch at the beautiful home of artist Gabriella Lewenz. On top of all this we did quite a bit of walking. Michael also gave me lots of ideas for other activities while on the island, which I really appreciated.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • We took the Art Walk yesterday with Michael from Terra & Tide. It was such an enriching day. Michael introduced us to the artists, who were very happy to chat about their work, but were not at all pushy. We really enjoyed the stimulating conversations about creating art and the creative process. Lunch at Gabriella’s was relaxing, welcoming and delicious. We would highly recommend this unique experience.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.

    Double Headland Walk – 5 stars

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    Double Headland Coastal Walk – 5 stars

  • My family and I did this tour on our second day in Auckland and had an amazing time. The island is absolutely beautiful and our guide, Tracy was very knowledgeable about the island, nature, and wildlife. She was so sweet and made the experience very enjoyable. The walk itself had some hills but was very doable (I wore jeans and was fine). Nonetheless, the tour can be customized based on the needs of the group. Overall, we all had a great time and would definitely recommend!

    Double Headland Walk – 5 stars