faqs

Are bookings required?

Yes bookings are necessary.

How many people can you take

We can take up to 10 passengers.

Can we book the whole boat to ourselves

Yes please enquire with your numbers for exclusive use pricing.

What type of boat is it?

Our twin engine Protector is 8.5m long with a hard-top cabin. We have chosen her for the same manoeuvrability, durability and seagoing qualities favoured by Coastguard and Americas Cup sailing teams. Large inflated RHIB pontoons provide a cushioned ride for the tough fibreglass hull.

Where do we meet?

All excursions start and return to Matiatia wharf. On charter we can meet you in Auckland City, or on Waiheke Island’s Kennedy Point, or Orapiu wharf's.

Is there a bathroom on-board?

We recommend you use the wharf bathrooms before we depart. Yes we have a marine toilet than can be curtained off for privacy.

What are the weather guidelines

As with all outdoor adventures good weather and calm seas are our favourite. The island usually has a sheltered side so we adjust the excursion for the expected conditions. Even if you hear a poor forecast we encourage you to phone us as local conditions can be different.

Do you still go when the sea is rough?

The more robust conditions can be the most exciting providing great photo opportunities. The skipper will always assess the conditions with a safety first approach and his/her decision is final.

Will we get wet?

Our boat has both open and covered area’s so you can choose to feel the spray in your hair or shelter in comfort. Snorkelling and swimming ashore are another matter.

Do you provide food?

We provide a light snack and water with our ‘Takapu’ excursions. Our chartered day trips have fully catered food options and the Sea and Safari option has a yummy lunch included.

Can we go swimming?

Yes, the sea temperature around Waiheke varies slightly through-out the year with February usually the warmest. There are a number of beautiful coves for swimming and diving from the boat or exploring ashore. Snorkelling is a favourite too.