COVID-19 - Explore Group is committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff. We ask you to please contact us and stay home if you are feeling unwell, are a positive case or a household contact. Masks are required in all indoor settings unless you are seated for the purpose of eating/dining. Hand sanitiser is available at all ticket offices and on our vessels. Please adhere to any instructions provided by our crew. For more information and ongoing government updates please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/

Book Now

Destination

Experiences

  • America's Cup Sailing Experience
  • Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • Auckland Harbour Sailing
  • Ocean Adventure
  • Otehei Bay Ferry
  • Discover the Bay
  • Two Night Hauraki Gulf Weekend on the Water
  • Three Night Hauraki Gulf Discovery
  • Five Night Hauraki Gulf Expedition
  • Tikapa Moana - Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Cruise
  • Explore Motutapu Island
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island Ferry

Departure date

Group Size

Got a promo code?

Matariki Dawn Cruise

Matariki Dawn Cruise

Matariki Dawn Cruise from Paihia
Price
$99 Adult
Adults 16 years and over
$42.50 Child
Children 5 - 15 years
Matariki Dawn Cruise from Russell
Price
$99 Adult
Adults 16 years and over
$42.50 Child
Children 5 - 15 years

Head out into the inner islands of the bay to experience Matariki rising! Matariki, also known as Pleiades, is a cluster of stars which is visible in the Eastern sky from mid-Winter.

Iwi in parts of our Far North rohe (region) celebrate Puanga, which is the star Rigel in the Orion constellation, as it was difficult to see Matariki from their locality. Traditionally the reappearance of Puanga followed by Matariki heralded the Maori New Year.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Matariki in the Bay of Islands. Our on-board guide and tohunga will explain the science and the traditions behind this significant event in Aotearoa, what it means to Te Ao Maori and how to identify Puanga and the Matariki cluster rising in the Eastern sky.

After time out on the water, the boat will head to the stunning Urupukapuka Island where you will enjoy a delicious light breakfast at Otehei Bay.

The boat will depart Otehei Bay at 8.30am and arrive back at Russell / Paihia at approximately 9.15am. If you would like to extend your time on the island, there is an option of returning on a later ferry at 1.45pm. 

Includes:

  • Cruise through the inner islands of the Bay
  • Island stop at Urupukapuka Island
  • On board guide / Tohunga
  • Complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate on board
  • A light breakfast (continental or bacon & eggs) at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. An option for a bigger breakfast  is available for an additional $10 per person
  1. Home
  2. Otehei Bay
  3. Special Events
  4. Matariki Dawn Cruise