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 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.
- Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)
- Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
- Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
- A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
- Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
- Permission for photos - If you are taking photos that include other people, always ask them first if they are happy for their photograph to be taken.