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The Islands of the Hauraki Gulf May 13 2024 Expedition Cruising

Auckland, New Zealand
  • Event date: 13/05/2024
  • Event end: 25/05/2024
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Islands of the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand / 300 Nm / 13 Days / Cat 3 Expedition

This expedition explores 15 islands of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park that covers 12,000 square kilometres of the precious gulf that merges with the Pacific Ocean north-east of Auckland. This is an explorers expedition that takes in islands, beaches, hikes, sea life, fishing and the stunning island jewels of the world-famous – Hauraki Gulf.

On this expedition we will visit and explore up to 13 islands with 30+ potential anchorages and stopovers en-route from Opua to Great Barrier Island to The Viaduct in Auckland;

  • Rangitoto Island
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Little Barrier Island
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Slipper Island
  • Great Mercury Island
  • Waiheke Island
  • Motuhie Island
  • Kawau Island
  • Elephant Island
  • Motutapu Island
  • Moturekareka Island
  • Rotoroa Island
  • Goat Island
  • Mokohinau Islands

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park covers an area of more than 1.2 million hectares. There are more than 50 islands within the gulf, many of which are public conservation lands. The islands and beaches are simply stunning. The gulf has islands that are incredibly different in every sense, from wineries and cafes to the rugged wild beaches that face eastward across the Pacific toward the USA several thousands of miles away.

This expedition combines sailing, cruising, exploring, relaxing and discovering numerous unique places that very few people would ever  have an opportunity to go to in their lifetimes.

Boundaries of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and locations of main island groups
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

Private Cabin 3 Berth 19575 AUD $

Single Berth 7250 AUD $

Islands of the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand / 300 Nm / 13 May – 25 May 2024 / 13 Days / Cat 3 Expedition

You can fly directly into Auckland on the 12th of May 2024 or early on the 13th. Our crew will officially assemble at 10am on the 13th of December at The Viaduct Harbour in Auckland and we will aim to depart as soon as we complete the yacht familiarisation and safety training process and head for our first of our island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard on the night of the 12th of May, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 12th , you will need to arrange accommodation ashore.

Exploring the Hauraki Gulf

The goal is to circumnavigate the Hauraki Gulf, stopping at numerous scenic bays, anchorages and islands en route, while managing around the weather to ensure a comfortable and safe expedition. This may include waiting for bad weather to pass while safely anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, inner sound, harbour or anchorage.

The coastlines you will encounter include some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Auckland Harbour and sailing in an anti-clockwise direction to Rangitoto Island, Motuhie Island and Waiheke Island for a winery luncheon, then east to Te Kouma and north to Port Jackson at the northern end of the Coromandel Penninsula, then south to Whitianga, east to Great Mercury Island, before heading north again to the wild coast of Great Barrier Island, 40nm NE of Auckland, before heading onto the isolated Mokohinau Islands for some great fishing.

Then we’ll sail south again toward Little Barrier Island and the next stop is Bon Accord Harbour at Kawau Island to visit Mansion House, the former home of New Zealand’s Governor. We’ll visit the large ship wreck still visible above sea level on the treacherous shores of Moturekareka Island before heading to Tiritiri Matangi island, home of the lighthouse at the northern end of Auckland’s shipping channel entrance and built out of large steel rings forged in London in 1864, then shipped to New Zealand for assembly on the island’s cliff top. After departing Tiri, we’ll go in search of the elusive Elephant Island, with a rocky bay so small there’s only room for 3-4 vessels. Our plan is to return to The Viaduct Harbour by 2pm on the 25th of May 2024 and you can plan to depart out of Auckland Airport (a 30 minute car ride from the marina) later the same day.

Here’s What You Will Experience Onboard

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather).

  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.

  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to destination.

  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s.

  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication.

  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures.

  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions.

  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard.

  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications / customs and sail/motor arrival plan.

Activities Included

  • Exploring ashore

  • Snorkeling

  • Swimming

  • Hot springs

  • Kayaking

  • Stand-up paddle boarding

  • Fishing

Tips to visit the Hauraki Gulf

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is the region’s economic development agency and an Auckland Council-controlled organisation. Their programmes help make Auckland a desirable place to live, work, visit, invest and do business. They created a wonderful website with lots of information about discovering Auckland and surroundings like the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Auckland and on various stopovers islands and ports
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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Program 2024 - 13 May

Islands of the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand / 300 Nm / 13 May – 25 May 2024 / 13 Days / Cat 3 Expedition

You can fly directly into Auckland on the 12th of May 2024 or early on the 13th. Our crew will officially assemble at 10am on the 13th of December at The Viaduct Harbour in Auckland and we will aim to depart as soon as we complete the yacht familiarisation and safety training process and head for our first of our island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard on the night of the 12th of May, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 12th , you will need to arrange accommodation ashore.

Exploring the Hauraki Gulf

The goal is to circumnavigate the Hauraki Gulf, stopping at numerous scenic bays, anchorages and islands en route, while managing around the weather to ensure a comfortable and safe expedition. This may include waiting for bad weather to pass while safely anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, inner sound, harbour or anchorage.

The coastlines you will encounter include some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Auckland Harbour and sailing in an anti-clockwise direction to Rangitoto Island, Motuhie Island and Waiheke Island for a winery luncheon, then east to Te Kouma and north to Port Jackson at the northern end of the Coromandel Penninsula, then south to Whitianga, east to Great Mercury Island, before heading north again to the wild coast of Great Barrier Island, 40nm NE of Auckland, before heading onto the isolated Mokohinau Islands for some great fishing.

Then we’ll sail south again toward Little Barrier Island and the next stop is Bon Accord Harbour at Kawau Island to visit Mansion House, the former home of New Zealand’s Governor. We’ll visit the large ship wreck still visible above sea level on the treacherous shores of Moturekareka Island before heading to Tiritiri Matangi island, home of the lighthouse at the northern end of Auckland’s shipping channel entrance and built out of large steel rings forged in London in 1864, then shipped to New Zealand for assembly on the island’s cliff top. After departing Tiri, we’ll go in search of the elusive Elephant Island, with a rocky bay so small there’s only room for 3-4 vessels. Our plan is to return to The Viaduct Harbour by 2pm on the 25th of May 2024 and you can plan to depart out of Auckland Airport (a 30 minute car ride from the marina) later the same day.

Here’s What You Will Experience Onboard

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather).

  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.

  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to destination.

  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s.

  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication.

  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures.

  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions.

  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard.

  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications / customs and sail/motor arrival plan.

Activities Included

  • Exploring ashore

  • Snorkeling

  • Swimming

  • Hot springs

  • Kayaking

  • Stand-up paddle boarding

  • Fishing

Tips

Tips to visit the Hauraki Gulf

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is the region’s economic development agency and an Auckland Council-controlled organisation. Their programmes help make Auckland a desirable place to live, work, visit, invest and do business. They created a wonderful website with lots of information about discovering Auckland and surroundings like the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Auckland and on various stopovers islands and ports
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.
Exclusions

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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