Full-day adventure, including return transport and lunch, to the beautiful Matakana District, a scenic 50 minutes drive north of Auckland. A relaxed pace fully guided snorkel lesson, ideal for beginners and refreshers. Enjoy stunningly clear waters where you’ll see a variety of fish swimming at Goat Island Marine Reserve, a pristine natural marine environment. We also take you to visit the famous farmers markets (Saturdays), see beautiful countryside, stunning beaches and local fishing villages. With an abundance of breathtaking views, there are photo opportunities around every corner. We will show you all the best spots in this lovely region on our small group tours. It’s a valued packed and full of variety day out of the city centre and into the great kiwi outdoors. Snorkel lesson, morning coffee/juice and fresh fish & chips (or burger if you prefer) lunch is included for all Snorkel Marine Life Tours.
What You'll Get
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Stop At: Tour Shop, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Our day begins with your pick-up from your Auckland CBD City hotel or accommodation.
Heading north we pass over the spectacular Harbour Bridge with its view of two inner harbours and the thousands of sailing vessels that give us the nickname "City of Sails". Admire the scenery as it unfolds in front of you and take in the majestic sight of Rangitoto Volcano in the near distance.
Enjoy the journey as we continue to travel through pretty seaside villages. Our first stop at an impressive coastal lookout is an ideal opportunity to take some great photos.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Honey Centre, Corner of State Highway One & Perry Road, Warkworth, Auckland 0983 New Zealand
Calling into the Honey Centre is a must-do popular on all our tours. Try this area's Manuka Honey, famous for its unique healing properties, or taste exotic blendings such as blueberry honey. Maybe sample a mead drink, something quite different!
Have a browse in the gift shop where you will find a great range of honey related products including candles, jewellery & skincare.
It's here we get our freshly made espresso coffee, before we move on to the village of Matakana to explore more of this region.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Matakana Village Farmers' Market, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand
On Saturdays, we call into the fantastic local farmers market where you can sample your way around with free tastings of the local wine, chocolate, honey, cheeses, pickles, dipping sauces & more here.
Friendly locals and live entertainment make for a bustling scene. Set amongst the quaint village shopping square, discover boutiques selling books, candles and designer clothes.
This is also the village to spot the prettiest public toilets in NZ. Described as functional art, they are certainly amongst the most photographed restrooms in the world!
We haven't got long here so make the most of the time, perhaps grab a small bite to eat from one of the many food stalls to keep you going until your late lunch of fish and chips.
* You may wish to bring a small amount of cash for purchases as some of the stallholders do not accept credit cards.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Goat Island Marine Reserve, Goat Island Road Leigh, Warkworth, Auckland New Zealand
Connect with marine nature and the underwater world by experiencing a 2-hour beginner's instruction and snorkel lesson in the stunningly clear waters of Goat Island Marine Reserve.
See schools of fish up close, explore a kelp forest and be instructed by a passionate marine biologist in this small, and fully-guided snorkel tour group. (Max 8 snorkellers to 1 instructor).
All equipment is provided including;
Mask, Snorkel & fins
Flotation device for those requiring additional water confidence
In this relaxed pace lesson, expect to spend approximately 45 minutes to 1 one hour in the water, be taught in-water skills and safety and learn all about this unique marine environment from a specialist instructor.
Ideal for small groups, families (children 14 years and above) and those who just want a refresher course. In fact, this is for anybody wanting to see the best spots in the reserve and have an interactive adventure.
Towel, change of clothes, sunscreen recommended.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Leigh, Leigh, North Island
After a full morning of activity, it's time for lunch. And nothing is more kiwi than fish & chips! Tuck into your locally caught, sustainable fish and chips lunch to be enjoyed beachside.
(For those who prefer the fish meal can be replaced with other options, such as a hamburger or similar. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can cater for you.)
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Parry Kauri Park, Turdor Collins Drive, Warkworth, Auckland New Zealand
After lunch, we begin to make our way slowly back into the city. But first, we will stop and visit a majestic 800-year-old Kauri tree, followed by a short & easy boardwalk through NZ native forest.
Then, if time permits, we have the option of various stop-offs including small-batch craft ale makers Sawmill Brewery, or we call into Oysters Matakana, or grab an ice-cream from Charlies Gelato. There's even a cheese factory nestled in a historic Bohemian village to discover. (Optional stop-offs food and drink purchase are for own expense).
Your full action-packed day finishes with your arrival back at your pick-up point by 5pm where we say a fond farewell and kia mihi (thank you) for your safe travels onwards.
Duration: 2 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum numbers may be required for this tour to run.
- Minimum age is 14 years of age for a child. One adult must accompany child.
- Snorkelling is a weather dependent. Please bring a towel and possibly a change of clothes.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
- 2 Hour Snorkelling lesson with all equipment hire provided
- Fresh fish lunch or similiar option i.e. hamburger
- Local Guide/Driver
- Morning tea or coffee
- Free pickup & return from inner city Auckland accommodation.
- Additional Food & Drink items not listed - own expense
- Alcoholic Beverages
Traveler pickup is offered
Default Pickup is 280 Queen Street, Auckland (outside JB-Hi Fi) or inner city Auckland hotels & backpackers by arrangement. Please enquire at time of booking. Confirmations & exact pick-up times will be sent once finalised.
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