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Join us aboard the Manawanui for a 3 day and 2 night exploration of the Bay of Islands Maritime Park. This is a down-to-earth nature cruise off the beaten track with an emphasis on the marine environment and the outdoors.

You'll have plenty of time to experience the natural wonders of the bay - snorkel in crystal clear waters, kayak around uninhabited islands, catch your own fresh seafood or walk on deserted beaches to experience the true magic of this special part of New Zealand.

Ecocruz is designed to let you experience the diversity of the Bay of Islands Maritime Park. The cruise is divided equally between sailing and discovery with a few hours of passage making followed by an exploration of our destination and a good meal. At night we anchor in secluded bays away from the main tourist routes.

We don't have a standard route or itinerary as these are entirely weather dependent. Our...

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... journey will take you to lush, uninhabited islands and rugged, coastal headlands where you will have ample time to go kayaking, snorkelling, walking and fishing.

While all activities are guided you always have the option to explore by yourself or to just sit back and relax. This flexibility allows us to make each trip unique. We enjoy what we do and are happy to share our knowledge of the Bay of Islands and its wildlife, history and culture with you.

For more information on cost, departure times, availability and other queries, please contact us with the booking form (clcik on contact at the top of this page).

Jochen 'John' Zaeschmar - Owner/ operator and qualified Coast and Countryside Ranger

James Ross - Co-onwner/ operator and great chef

Moby (ship's dog) - mascot and bringer of good luck

The Manawanui is a 72 foot (22m), 1981 John Pugh gaff rigged ketch. She is an ocean going cruiser designed for comfort and safety with plenty of room above and below deck.

There are 3 private double cabins (NZ$ 675 pp) and 2 multi-share bunk cabins (NZ$ 595 pp) which sleep 4 each.

We take up to 10 passengers and 3 crew.

Facilities There are two toilets and one shower on board.

Equipment The Manawanui is fully equipped with 6 sea kayaks, wetsuits, snorkelling and fishing gear as well as a 4.1m, 40hp inflatable.

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On the Manawanui in the Bay of Islands

over a year ago : 24th December 2007
We got up early Thursday morning, loaded our pile of gear into the car and drove down to the wharf at Paihia with a fellow connected to our sailing tour. We had booked a three day, two night ecocruz...

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over a year ago : 23rd December 2007
Hello we zijn terug van onze langverwachte cruise in de Bay of Islands (Paihia). Een trip waarin de oceaan de rode draad was. Met de lentezon erop leken de kleuren van de oceaan nog een pak helderder, blauw, groen, turkoois met momenten...

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