Port Fitzroy harbour explorer cruise (with on-board lunch included)

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If it’s a little too windy out on the coast you can still enjoy a great cruise within the beautifully sheltered Port FitzRoy Harbour. Make a day of it and incorporate a visit to ‘Glenfern Sanctuary’ – the Barrier’s amazing bird lovers wonderland. If the tide’s right, we can also visit ‘Barrier Gold’ for a fascinating insight to Manuka and Kanuka oil distillation.
We’ll find a nice sheltered spot for your on-board lunch and explore the far reaches of this spectacular harbour paradise.

  • Departs by arrangement from Port FitzRoy Wharf or Glenfern Sanctuary
  • BBQ Lunch on board – please advise special dietary requirements
  • $165.00 per adult –  $83.00 per child (5 to 15)
  • Minimum 4 adults, Maximum 12 persons
  • Subject to suitable weather conditions
  • Bring swimming suits, towels, sunscreen, jacket, camera

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Your Skipper - Chris Ollivier - Hooked on Barrier.

Your Skipper

Chris Ollivier is the owner and also your skipper for all sightseeing and fishing charters. Chris is a fully qualified Skipper (NZ Coastal Master) and has been the master of a range of vessels including Spirit Of Adventure, Spirit of New Zealand and numerous ferries including the Kestrel (double ended Auckland harbour ferry). He has 30 years of international and New Zealand seagoing experience and has been operating charters on the Barrier since 2006.

Chris loves the unspoiled nature of the coastline around his island home, where, apart from the Christmas period, there are few other boats around.

His local knowledge, extensive experience and friendly nature make him your best choice of a Great Barrier guide.

Sundancer - Hooked on BarrierSundancer - Hooked on Barrier - Great Barrier Island NZ


Sundancer is an 11.2 metre ex-fishing boat, modified for charters. It comfortably fits groups of up to 12 people fishing on the deck, or 20 people sightseeing. For your convenience, there is an on-board toilet, BBQ, oven and stove, with seating for 8 people inside the cabin.

The fibreglass, Marlborough 38 design boat has a service speed of 8 knots, and is built to Maritime NZ standards to safely handle heavy weather.

Sundancer is set up and licenced for day charters only (no sleeping facilities on board) and is only available with the skipper (no bare boat charters).

All charters depart from Whangaparapara wharf, unless otherwise arranged.

Terms and Conditions


Casual fishing trips are sold on a per person basis, limited to 12 people on any trip. Boat rods set up for snapper fishing and frozen baits available for extra charge. Minimum numbers apply and sailings are subject to suitable weather conditions.
DEPARTURE.    From Whangaparapara Wharf at specified time
DURATION.      4-5 hours
INCLUDES        Tea & Coffee
BRING             Rods and bait. (We hire rods set up for snapper fishing and supply bait for additional charge). Warm clothes/wind breaker, sunscreen, hat, snack food and drinks (BBQ facilities on board)

General terms and conditions also apply, see below.

The vessel can be chartered for half day or full day or multiple day trips. Charges are based on exclusive use of the vessel operated by the skipper. The charterer can choose the activities undertaken during the day subject to the capability of the vessel and safety of those onboard.

Half day trips are 4 – 5 hours in duration and start / finish time may be restricted by other bookings on the same day otherwise by agreement.  We endeavour to manage trip times to match best fishing conditions when possible.

Full day trips are 8 – 10 hours in duration with start and finish times by agreement. We are happy to do multiple days but the vessel is not licensed for overnight trips.

The vessel is licensed to carry 20 persons plus the skipper, however we recommend a maximum of 12 persons fishing or diving to provide the best experience for your group.  Sightseeing groups of up to 20 are comfortable on the vessel. For larger groups we work with other charter operators and split the numbers across the vessels chartered.

From Whangaparapara Wharf at specified time unless otherwise agreed. We will pick up and drop off from other Great Barrier Island harbours (Tryphena or Fitzroy) but additional charges may apply.

WE SUPPLY.    Tea & Coffee.

Rods and bait. (We hire rods set up for snapper fishing and supply bait for additional charge – see current published rates). Warm clothes/wind breaker, sunscreen, hat, snack food and drinks.

There is a galley and BBQ facilities on board. We will do catering according to your requirements and budget if pre-ordered.



BOOKING AND PAYMENT.   Bookings can be made by phone or email. A 20% deposit is required to confirm your booking. Payment of the remainder of the charter or fishing trip cost is due prior to departure. Payments can be made by direct payment to our bank account or by credit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

SAFETY.  You must follow the skippers instructions at all times while onboard. You will be advised of location and use of safety equipment and any hazards that exist on the vessel. You will also be advised of unsafe practices (such as sitting on the rail)  and  you should refrain from acting in an unsafe or reckless manner while onboard.  Our primary concern is for your safety, and you must comply with any instructions from the skipper immediately and without argument. This includes donning life jackets when asked to due to unsafe weather conditions.

CANCELLATIONS.  All departures are subject to weather. Cancellation is at the sole discretion of the vessel’s skipper. In the event of a cancellation before the start of the trip  due to weather conditions all passengers are entitled to a full refund if they cannot reschedule to an alternative date.

ALCOHOL & SMOKING.  We are not licenced under  the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and alcohol is not permitted. We have no issue with smoking  (on deck only) except when interfering with the safety, or the comfort of other  passengers.

DAMAGE.   You must pay for any damage you cause to the boat or its fittings, or any rods and reels that you damage or lose overboard, even if accidentally.

You are not liable for any normal wear and tear or gear failures, such as reels jamming or rods breaking when the rod to line angle is greater than 90 degrees. Rods do occasionally break when used improperly, and we can advise you on this if you are unsure, so please just ask.
(We have not had to charge anyone for damage to rods or the vessel as yet and the vessel is a working boat and does not damage easily.)

We look forward to taking you on an enjoyable and rewarding charter.

Chris Ollivier (Owner / Skipper)
Hooked on Barrier Ltd

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring alcohol on board?2020-02-03T11:38:39+13:00


  • Sorry, under the NZ Sale of liquor Act 2012 we are not licensed for alcohol consumption including BYO.
What do we bring?2020-02-03T11:40:28+13:00


  • Bring sun and wind protection, food if you need more than coffee or tea and biscuits.
  • If you haven’t booked rod and bait you need to bring your own.
  • Something to take your catch home in (small chilly bin or similar).


  • Bring swimming gear and towel, camera, sun and wind protection.


How long are the trips?2020-02-03T11:40:37+13:00


  • Half day charters, Casual fishing trips and sightseeing trips are from 4-5 hours in duration.
  • Full day bookings are from 8 to 10 hours.
What time do the trips depart?2020-02-03T11:40:44+13:00


  • Casual fishing trip generally depart at 08:30, variation on this will be advised prior to the trip.
  • West Coast Sightseeing trips depart at 10:00 am.
  • For all trips we recommend you are there 15 minutes prior to departure.
Where do we depart from?2020-02-03T11:40:21+13:00
  • Unless we have made special arrangements with you the trips depart from Whangaparapara Wharf, Great Barrier Island.

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