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Gulf Eco Adventures

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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About Gulf Eco Adventures
Explore beautiful remote islands & view amazing wildlife aboard our newly refurbished 11m launch. Fully guided & catered boat trips, including the FREE use of snorkel equipment, wetsuits, kayaks & paddle boards! Snorkel & Sightseeing Adventures of the outer Hauraki Gulf Islands including Little Barrier Island, the Mokohinau islands, Hen & Chicken Islands & Great Barrier Island, with excellent opportunities for dolphin sightings! We also offer a FREE PICK UP / DROP OFF service between the Warkworth bus station to Sandspit. Also available for private charter for up to 12 passengers.
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Brandy Lynn wrote a review Apr 2020
St. Augustine, Florida2 contributions4 helpful votes
Day started out quite nice, easy ride out, lovely scenery, and a nice lunch. That all changed on the ride back to the wharf. The sea was quite rough on the way back in and Kurt, the skipper, took off at full speed without any warning. Not everyone was properly seated and 1 person was using the head. My partner was near the stairs to the tower standing as he hadn't gotten a chance to sit before Kurt took off full tilt and when we hit a particularly rough wave the entire boat went airborne. My partner hit the roof and then came back down landing on his feet and breaking his right heel. Kurt barely even slow down. I gave my partner my seat and sat on the floor as quickly as possible to avoid meeting the same fate. The skipper continued at this speed for the entire trip back, even with passengers vomiting and not having secure seating (he has a license for 12 passengers according to his website and there were 13 plus himself on the boat that day). He never once slowed down to check on anyone's safety. Once back at the wharf on Sandspit he wouldn't help my partner off the boat, file an incident report or administer 1st aid. He told my partner it was just a mild sprain and to harden up. 2 months later his broken heel is still not fully healed and this sad excuse for an operator has never reached out and made sure he was okay or expressed remorse in any way. Don't go unless your okay with potentially being injured for months!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Codiegirl wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland75 contributions21 helpful votes
The trip out of sandspit was extremely pleasant looking at the surrounding views off the beautiful coastline and islands surrounded by a beautiful blue sea was a highlight in itself . As we neared Little Barrier we came across a pod of dolphins which Kurt said usually happens and stopped the boat to give us amble time to enjoy this wonderful encounter . He occasional added a commentary along the way about the history of the area and little Barrier Island and importance of the Island to NZ. We then cruised around the Island into sheltered bay where the water was crystal clear and this is where we had our time in the sea snorkeling , kayaking , stand up paddle boards and lunch . Our fellow travelers where a mixed range of ages most did everything on offer and a couple where happy just to stay on board the boat and enjoy the views , chill out or sunbath . The water temperature was cool but as you would expect so far out at sea but with wet suits it was bearable and most stayed for at least 45 minutes in the water .The highlights where many but the snorkeling was the standout attraction and the amount of marine life to see .Kurt was a fantastic host who loves to share knowledge and love of the area and what it has to offer .
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Robin P wrote a review Mar 2020
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A fun, relaxing trip to Little Barrier Island. We kayaked, snorkeled & paddle boarded. Kurt was very informative, the food was good and it was a fun day.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sightsee826106 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a great day out with Kurt at the Mokahinau Islands. Such a stunning spot! Kurt is very knowledgeable and spots wildlife miles away!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Happi-Kiwi wrote a review Mar 2020
Morrinsville, New Zealand2 contributions
An awesome day out and not only did we go to Little Barrier but Great Barrier too. The weather wasn't the best but Kurt made it a memorable day in so many ways. From giving us the opportunity to reschedule or even our money back if we preferred because it would be a bit of a rough ride. He was awesome in always checking we were all comfortable, even stopping along the way to do so and once in sheltered bays, those who wished could snorkel, swim, kayak and paddle board. I myself didn't do any of the above because I mainly came along to take photos but my husband had a ball doing all of the above. The scenery is amazing, watching dolphins swim by in the distance to seeing hammerhead sharks and filming stingrays, it was all there to take in. Delicious lunch, yummy muffins and biccies were all provided. Kurt goes out of his way to make sure everyone has a good time. Do I recommend this trip or any other that Kurt may do ? Yes, 100 % without a doubt and if you are even remotely scared of the water, Kurt is your go to person. Once again, thank you for an awesome day out Kurt.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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