*** Please note that this experience is currently unavailable due to the New Zealand Sailing Trust focusing on their youth development programmes. We hope that the experience will resume from November 2022. ***
Throw the lines and leave the city buzz behind. Embark on a sustainable and unique travel experience. Stay in a tranquil bay for the night and let the gentle lapping of the water lull you to sleep. Where will the winds blow you on this nautical journey?
Day One: Meet our friendly crew, stow your bags and get to know your home for the next few days. We will escort you to the NZ Maritime Museum for a tour and in-depth discussion about the Blake exhibition. Return to these iconic vessels with new lenses and a renewed respect for what Sir Peter Blake achieved with these yachts that you are about to sail on. Peter Blake was an environmentalist and we would like to share throughout this experience pockets of great work that are happening in our ‘backyard’ – the Hauraki Gulf. We’ll start with a demonstration
of what the Seabins are and the role they play in the Viaduct. We will be back on board about midday for the essential safety briefing and enjoy lunch as we depart the Viaduct. We will sail to Motuihe Island, nestle into a calm bay and set the anchor for the afternoon and most likely the night. Step ashore on a sandy beach where we will be met by Motuihe Island Trust to share with you the history of the island and explain what is being done there now with the option of a beach clean before a BBQ on the beach. We have a wonderful documentary to share in the evening
outlining the sailing career of Sir Peter Blake, called ‘Blakey’ or One Outstanding.
Day Two: Wake to the sound of nature and the ripple of the water lapping against the hull. Get up! there is an exciting new day to begin. Pull up the anchor and explore the stunning coastline of Waiheke Island – keep an eye out for vineyards or olive groves and inspect holiday homes as we sail down the coast to the more remote parts of the island. Sail for about 2-3 hours to the distant ‘bottom end’ of Waiheke Island. Go ashore at a local winery and taste some of their renowned wines -the setting is just to die for. Watch the sun go down here or move to another nearby bay to settle in for the night. We have another documentary to watch or just sit on deck and soak up the surroundings while reflecting on your day and anticipating what tomorrow will bring.
Day Three: Upon rising and after a good breakfast we will head to nearby Rotoroa Island. This tranquil island is owned by the Salvation Army and in 1960s was a rehabilitation centre for drug and alcohol addicts post war. Learn about the restoration project that has taken place to make this a pest free island and encourage NZ bird life to return. Visit the museum, walk in the bush or on the beaches or simply potter around the Heritage village. Enjoy an early lunch before departing. Get the heart pumping and experience the exhilaration of the water gushing along the rails as we head back to ‘the big smoke’ of Auckland city and if time allows, sail under Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge. Disembarking approximately 3.00pm