Marine Life Tour Choice of Clearyak OR Snorkel - pick-up & return Auckland

From NZD NZ$259.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: PX1MN0

  • Pick up & return drop off- Auckland inner CBD

  • Complimentary cup espresso coffee/tea or small juice

  • Manukau honey tasting at the Honey Centre

  • Explore Matakana village for boutique shopping, art galleries & cafes and a quick stop to feed the eels!

  • Visit Matakana Farmers Market (Saturdays only)

  • Visit the famous Goat Island Marine Reserve

  • Take a Clearyak OR Guided Snorkel experience

  • Fresh NZ Fish and Chips (similar alternates available)

  • Optional stop-offs on the way home: Sawmill Brewery, Charlie's Gelato, Puhoi Pub, taste chocolate at a local chocolaterie, stop for a picture at an 800-year-old Kauri Tree.

  • Your local guide will chat all about the region & NZ's unique ocean life


Our first stop after a scenic 40 minutes travelling north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is the Honey Centre for a freshly roasted coffee (or tea) and the opportunity to taste the local Manuka Honey, known for it's healing properties.  


Then it's onwards to the pretty village of Matakana set amongst rolling vineyards and sandy beaches.   On Saturdays, you will also visit the famous Farmers Market - where you can taste and see the fresh produce, artisan cheeses, olive oil, oysters, view quirky art and meet interesting and friendly locals. 

Catch your breathe as we take a short drive further north to visit Goat Island, New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve protected from all fishing  - this is how the ocean 'used-to-be'.  In this pure environment, 
you will see marine life up-close in their natural habitat either by gently paddling the sheltered reserve in a Clearyak (a 100% clear kayak) or through a fully guided snorkel run by a marine biologist. You are likely to view fish such as snapper, parore, red moki, blue maomao, eagle ray and stingray, maybe even a dolphin or two!

Clearyak experience entails:

  • 1 hour

  • You will be fully assisted into your kayak - think concierge kayaking!

  • Slowly paddle the marine reserve to take in all the marine life beneath you (self-guided, maximum 100 metres from the shore, no need to go far) 

  • Clearyak team member will be out on a paddle-board if you have any questions about the reef & marine life.  

  • Two-person kayaks

  • No kayak experience required

  • One person in each kayak must be able to swim 20+ metres without buoyancy aid & have a moderate level of fitness

  • Minimum age 3 yrs

  • Children under 12 yrs must be accompanied by an adult

  • Weight limit 100kg per person (or 200kg total per Clearyak)

  • Perfect for kids & anyone who doesn't want to get in the sea

  • All equipment provided with a full safety briefing

OR

Guided Snorkel experience entails:

  • 1.5 hours

  • Dedicated Marine Biologist Guide (English speaking) 

  • You will first learn all about NZ’s unique marine life and then you will snorkel New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve.

  • No snorkel experience required

  • Competence in water & moderate level of fitness required

  • Small groups – max 8 per guide

  • Minimum age 14 yrs

  • All equipment provided (wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel) with full safety equipment

  • Homemade beachside treat

  

On our tour of the Matakana region, you will enjoy scenery such as beautiful countryside dipping down to the ocean, stunning beaches and local fishing villages. 

 

Your lunch treat is New Zealand fish! We will visit charming fishing village 'Leigh' for delicious fresh off the boat, fish & chips (alternative lunch options available)

Departs Auckland City daily 8:30 am/returns 5 pm.  

Departs: Various locations within Auckland City (selected accommodation pick-ups and drop-offs also available) 

Bronze Tour - aimed at those not participating in marine adventure and accompanying a silver tour ticket holder 

Tour excludes Cleayak or Snorkel experience

NZD $199 Adult / NZD $119 Child

Silver Tour

Tour includes everything your choice of a either Clearyak or Snorkel Experience

NZD $259 Adult / NZD $165 Child


Please note: Clearyak and Snorkelling are weather and season dependent activities through our marine adventure partners.  If not available on the day due to circumstances outside of our control, an alternative activity will be substituted for that portion of the tour (food & wine tastings/sculpture walk etc).  Full refund if tour cancelled before departure by us.  No refund if cancellations made by guests less than 24 hours prior to departure.  

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