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Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Great Mercury Island with Lunch

Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Great Mercury Island with Lunch

From US$ 131.12 per person

Discover the wonders of Great Mercury Island on this full-day boat trip from Whitianga. Spend the day at sea, swim in crystal clear waters, explore beautiful landscapes, see an array of native wildlife, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard, and much more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Croatian, German, English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Sail from Whitianga to Great Mercury Island on a stunning 1928 schooner
  • Explore the volcanic coastline around Mercury Bay and lookout for dolphins, orcas, and whales
  • Jump off the boat into the crystal clear water and swim ashore to walk on the flawless beach of Peach Grove
  • Stroll through the luscious bush to a stunning waterfall and enjoy a dip in the freshwater pool
  • Dine on a delicious lunch on deck with a selection of salad, meat, cheese, bread, and homemade dips and chutneys
Full description
Meet your friendly captain at Whitianga Wharf and board the impressive 63 ft Windborne. The boat, which has been sailing the oceans of the world since 1928 was lovingly rebuilt in 1981 and is bursting with character, charm, strength, and comfort. Once aboard, set sail onto the glistening waters that surround Whitianga and begin the 15 nautical mile journey towards Great Mercury Island, one of the prettiest places on earth. Anchor at Peach Grove and cool off from the heat with a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water. Swim ashore, or catch a ride in the dinghy boat then feel the sand beneath your toes as you stroll along the flawless beach. While at the beach, you can also make use of the boat's snorkel gear and paddle boards. Later, wander through the bush to find a stunning waterfall where you can relax in the freshwater pool. Whatever you choose to do on the island, native parrots are abundant and sure to keep you company. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious lunch of homemade salads, cheese, chutneys, and more onboard the schooner. After lunch, set sail again back towards the mainland and allow the fresh sea breeze to immerse you in the beauty of nature. Snack on tasty nibbles as you lookout for dolphins, orcas, and whales and admire the rock formations and volcanic plaques of Flat Island along the way.
  • Sailing trip on a 1928 schooner with an experienced captain
  • Freshly-brewed coffee and tea along with a croissant, cookies, and fresh fruits
  • Lunch with a healthy selection of salad, meat, cheese, and bread with dips and sauces.
  • Cheese and crackers on the way back to shore
  • Paddle boards and snorkel gear (limited numbers)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cold drinks, beer, or wine (you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Medication for seasickness (please bring your own if you are prone to seasickness)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The boat departs Whitianga Wharf at 8:00 AM. Please arrive before this with time to board.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour is dependent on weather conditions. Please make contact with the local operator the day before the trip regarding the weather forecast
  • If you have a medical condition, are prone to seasickness, or have specific diet requirements, please ensure that you have your medication or food with you
  •  Please inform the local operator of any food allergies or food preferences
Customer reviews

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Very pleasant day sailing. Unfortunately full trip had to be reduced because of sea conditions and we had to take own lunch but we were advised evening before and received credit against our payment but it was a very relaxing day.

January 12, 2022

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