Fly-fishing (salt or freshwater), watersports, spearing flounder, collecting pipi's or tuatua's (surf clams), enjoying Tarawera's hot water beach, scuba or free diving.....if there's something you would like to try please don't hesitate to ask!
Try multiple activities in the same day or over a few days? No problem!
We cater for certified scuba-divers, freedivers or just those who wish to snorkel in an idyllic secluded bay and admire the varied marine life. In season, crayfish and scallops are available for the 'hunter-gatherer'.
Spectacular diving is available on the many reefs in the Bay, including the inshore islands Karewa and Motiti. The offshore islands Mayor (Tuhua) and Plate Island, as well as Schooner Rock, also represent great diveing freediving or snorkel locations with different attributes. The Mayor Island (Tuhua) marine reserve also provides some awesome diving and snorkeling.
The 1940’s tug the ‘Taioma’, a 230 ton vessel, was sunk in 2000 at Motiti. It is an awesome wreck dive and home to diverse marine life. The wreck is fully accessible and provides some great photo opportunities.
Inshore half-day dives allow for two dives, offshore trips up to four. We are very happy to do some fishing in any dive 'down time', as required.
Our Senator provides a very stable dive platform. Four divers is a maximum 'comfortable' number.
Note: We regret we do not provide dive gear, though try to carry some essential spares on the day. We have a limited number of dive tanks that can be hired.
A wide variety of seabirds inhabit the Bay of Plenty area and it's offshore islands. Since Mayor Island (Tuhua) became pest free in 2000, it now boasts some spectacular birdlife. It's difficult to sleep beyond dawn at Tuhua, the chorus from the native birds can be so loud. One of our clients slept on the beach and had a kiwi stumble over her sleeping bag in the night!
It has healthy populations of nectar-feeding bellbirds, tūī, and wood pigeons. Other native birds include the morepork and fantail, the kākā (brown parrot), kiwi, grey warbler, waxeye, kingfisher and pied stilt. In summer the shining cuckoo is also seen and heard in good numbers. A marine reserve was created off the northern end of the island in 1993.
Tuhua has also become a safe haven for threatened bird species from the mainland. North Island robins were released in 2003. Pateke (brown teal) and North Island brown kiwi were re-introduced to the island in 2006. All appear to be establishing successful breeding populations. Orange Fronted Parakeets / kākāriki were introduced during in 2010.
The beautiful Tauranga Harbour boasts several dedicated watersports locations, many with spectacular views across the vibrant harbour. These are based at sandy beaches, where anyone not participating in the on-water activities can explore the beach, relax in the sun or enjoy a picnic on what can often be the equivalent of your own private beach.
We are equipped for a day of watersports, where adults and children can try skiing, kneeboarding, or try a variety of the latest 'doughnuts' or 'biscuits', as well as trying 'The Stealth', which provides a safe yet unforgettable ride! Huge fun for all kids, as well as those bigger kids masquarading as adults!
Your skipper enjoys extending those comfort zones...........so be warned!
Note: We have a selection of childrens and adults wetsuits that you may borrow free of charge, just let us know when booking. Our Senator throws up a wake, but please note it is not a purpose built ski/wakeboarding boat!
Without doubt a very memorable place to stay. A 'must-visit' at least once in a lifetime!
Enjoy remote island life 40kms from civilisation! Swim and snorkel in the many bays around Tuhua, hunt for the rare nautilus and janthina shells or admire the obsidian outcrops. There are also many walking tracks around the island that suit all levels of experience. The island is considered 'special' by Maori because of the presence of the obsidian. It is a pest free island which has amazing native bird life and is recorded as one of the biggest pohutukawa (the New Zealand Christmas tree) forests in New Zealand. When these trees are in flower in December and January the island is a spectacular crimson colour.
We can transport up to eight passengers and their gear to Southeast Bay on Tuhua and collect you after your stay.
We can also organise stay-over trips, where you have access to the boat during the day for fishing and diving or you can snorkel those remote bays around the island, all as your whim takes you.
In season we often troll for gamefish on the way out to Tuhua, so you may have the bonus of fresh fish for the BBQ on arrival! There is the option to incorporate fishing or diving on your way out or back from the island, or a boat tour around this spectacular Island.
Tuhua has only basic facilities. For most of the year there is a caretaker on the island. Cabins are available, as are camp sites, all booked via the caretaker, Vickyon +64 7 579 0580. There are toilet facilities and rudimentary showers. A wood fired BBQ is also available for your use, but you will need to provide all your own food, utensils and bedding, etc. Because of the unique pest free environment quarantine rules apply.
We have frequently stayed on Tuhua, so please don't hesitate to call Tony for advice regarding a proposed visit or stay.
The scenic Tauranga Harbour is over 20kms in length and containes many isands, inlets, backwaters and beaches to explore. The majestic Mount Maunganui (Mauao) stands over the eastern, Tauranga entrance. Matakana island extends the entire length of the harbour on the seaward side, from Mount Maunganui at the eastern entrance, to the Bowentown and Waihi Beach entrance at the western end.
There is a busy commercial port in the harbour (Port of Tauranga), and in season cruise ships will be in port, as well as large container vessels and timber transport vessels.
We would be delighted to take you on an informative cruise around the harbour and Mount Maunganui (Mauao). This can be combined with a picnic on board or on Matakana Island if required.