A new opportunity. Be one of the first to Experience this new cruise Between auckland and the bay Of islands – usually reserved For yatchies!!
A chance to not only cruise the northern part of New Zealand’s East Coast but to also visit some off-shore, not readily accessible islands along this coast, many of which are just familiar names on a map. This seven night cruise between Auckland and Paihia is in a comfortable 10 cabin vessel new to this area but with an experienced New Zealand crew.
This afternoon join Heritage Explorer in Auckland this afternoon where your Captain and Expedition Leader will be waiting to welcome you on board (time to
be confirmed). We set sail from Auckland through the Hauraki Gulf to our anchorage for the night.
Early this morning a landing on the world renowned Tiritiri Matangi Island – one of the country’s most successful conservation projects. Once completely cleared of forest, the island has been revegetated and rejuvenated thanks the tireless efforts of volunteers planting around 300,000 native trees between 1984 and 1994. Now home to 11 species of threatened native birds in addition to more common species, be on the lookout for Saddleback, Kokako, Stitchbird, Brown Teal and Takahe among others. We then sail across the Hauraki Gulf to Great Barrier Island to the sheltered waters of Port Fitzroy where there will be time to take the kayaks for a paddle, head ashore by Zodiac or perhaps even spend some time fishing with the Captain.
Today is dedicated to exploring Great Barrier Island. Existing entirely off grid through solar power and rainwater collection, 60 per cent of the island’s 285 kilometres is public land under the Department of Conservation For the more active there are forest walks to explore, while those preferring to stay on, or near, the water there is the opportunity to take out the kayaks or join a Zodiac safari. If conditions are favourable, there may be an opportunity to visit Arid Island – one of the most beautiful, remote and rarely visited outer islands in the Gulf.
An exploration of the outer islands of the Hauraki Gulf starts early this morning as we sail over to the archipelago of predator free Mokohinau Islands. The size of these tiny islands and outcrops, positioned uniquely at the edge of the continental shelf, belie their importance as a refuge for some of New Zealand’s most endangered species found nowhere else in New Zealand. Continuing northwards and depending on the prevailing conditions, to either the Hen and Chickens Islands or Poor Knights Islands. Both island groups have an abundance of life both above and below the water.
This morning we plan to visit the old whaling station at Whangamumu Harbour, this beautifully protected cove to the south of the Bay of Islands hides a dark past as
the site of one of the earliest European whaling bases in New Zealand. The only whaling station in the world which caught whales with nets, Whangamumu was
Northland’s longest running and most successful whaling station operating from the 1800s to early 1900s. We continue and sails northwards past spectacular Cape
Brett and the iconic Hole in the Rock at Piercy Island. The more adventurous on board may wish to take the opportunity to walk some of the stunning coastal Cape
Brett Lighthouse Walk.
Wake this morning at Whangaroa Harbour. North of the Bay of Islands, this dramatic harbour is defined by both its narrow entrance, gravity defying volcanic spires,
sheltered bays and tranquil sandy beaches. You have the option to head out on the water and explore by kayak or Zodiac, or go ashore and enjoy a morning hike to
one of the vantage points that provide epic panoramas. From here we then sail to the Cavalli Islands where there is the opportunity to explore nature reserve
and diving hotspot Motukawanui Island. Swimming and snorkeling opportunities abound or tackle the Island track along the ridge of the island where spectacular
views over the forest-clad coastline and scattered islands.
On arrival in the Bay, the whole day is set aside to explore and enjoy the Bay of Islands. Opportunities include exploring predator free Urupukapuka Island fringed
by Pohutukawa forest, where Project Island Song has successfully released North Island Robin, Saddleback and Whitehead: the dramatic, unrestrained beauty of
Roberton Islands which is also rich in New Zealand history. Later in the day there is an opportunity to explore historic Russell, a town of New Zealand firsts including first seaport, European settlement, capital and licensed hotel. Maybe enjoy a drink at the iconic “The Duke of Marlborough Hotel”.
Following breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Auckland. (The option to extend your stay is available)
Note: During the voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and
opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Buller’s Stateroom (Bunk)||$5,713||$9,688|
|Wandering Stateroom (Single)||N/A||$6,918|
*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Travel Insurance –Please ask us for a quote
• Items of a personal nature
• Deposit – non refundable
• After 28 November 2021– no refund
• All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis
• No refund can be made once tour is underway.
• If this tour is canceled due to Covid19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available, Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person.
We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel Insurance to cover
cancellation costs. Please ask for a quote.
• Please note there is NO cell phone coverage during the cruise
• It is suggested that you bring good walking shoes which are ideal for the walks on beaches and bush
• Slippers / house shoes are ideal on-board
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required, as climbing on and off the various boats can be demanding. Also walking on shore is in gumboots or hiking boots and on muddy tracks.
The ‘Heritage Explorer’ The state-of-the-art technology provides a comfortable expedition ship with high performance dual Scania 653 horsepower engines capable
of 10 knots, bow thrusters, fin stabilisers, full air-conditioning, sound attenuated twin generators and a hydraulic aft ramp. A comprehensive navigation package ensures the ultimate Kiwi adventure awaits all guests.
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Expedition Staff & Crew: 5
Gross Tonnage: 76.1gt
Engine: 653 horsepower
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change