Start your sailing adventure in the Viaduct by visiting the Peter Blake exhibition at Maritime Museum, followed by a seabins analysis and a mussel filtration exercise. Sail to Motuihe Island, learning the fundamentals of boats and safety. Once anchored, take part in a beach clean up and discover the island’s flora and fauna with an educational talk. Next morning, sail to Rotoroa Island and experience the Hauraki Gulf’s newest predator-free sanctuary. Enjoy a guided nature walk with an island ranger, learn about the island’s restoration and fascinating history, followed by a chance to explore the island’s walking trails and museum, and support a community volunteer project. In the morning, take part in a raft building activity before sailing to Auckland, having developed an understanding of how we are all connected to the sea and how our actions impact the health of our environment.
- Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
- Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
- Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.
- Make new friends - This is a group experience so go along prepared to start conversations and make some new friends :-)
- Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
- Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
- Outdoor eating - You can expect to be eating in the outdoors, which means finding a spot on the ground to sit and enjoy your meal - make the most of this ‘el fresco’ experience!
- Permission for photos - If you are taking photos that include other people, always ask them first if they are happy for their photograph to be taken.