Hauraki Gulf Conservation Cruise
- Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Waiheke Island, Auckland
- Product code: ConCruise
Olive Andrews is a marine mammal researcher, ocean policy expert and polar guide. She lives on Waiheke Island and would normally be guiding in Antarctica during the summer but, due to Covid, she is at home 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 Hauraki 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.