Location Mahuki Island - One of the Broken Islands in the Hauraki Gulf
Duration 12:00 hours
Max Group size 10 max
Meals provided Yes ?
$300 per person
Hosted By: Heleena Tamihana
Tribal affiliation: Ngati Wai
About the Experience
Have you ever dreamed of leaving the rush of city life and escaping to a secluded Island in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever wanted to experience living life off-grid?
Our whanau would like to invite you to come and stay with us on Mahuki - a small Island in the Hauraki Gulf that is nestled between Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier.
Mahuki has been home to my whanau for over 30 years and we are to this day, the only whanau to live here. Mahuki is also home to a Gannet Sanctuary situated just over the hill so guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful Manu during their visit while taking in the stunning open sea views overlooking Little Barrier.
Our experience will also include the opportunity to gather Kaimoana as fishing and diving around Mahuki is always good! You can accompany your catch with fresh produce from the garden and locally produced honey from our hives. We will also provide a delicious kai as well. If you are a keen stargazer, don’t forget a telescope as Great Barrier Island is the only Island in the world to make dark sky sanctuary status. We are one of four dark sky sanctuaries.
There will be an open fire at night that you can cook your catch on if you wanted too and then we could sing waiata and share stories. Feel free to explore the island, swim down at the beach or simply just relax knowing you have an entire island to yourselves (aside from us the hosts)
We cater to both small and large groups, or even solo guests.
You are welcome to book in for a single day trip if you are just wanting to visit the Sanctuary or we welcome you to stay a while to enjoy the island and all it has to offer.
Prices will vary depending on the situation e.g Day trip, over night stay, number of adults and kids etc.
Contact Tākapu Tourism for more details:
Items you will need to bring
We do advise that all of our guests bring Camping gear if you plan on staying, however for solo guests, small groups or guests who require special needs, we do have rooms available in our home and plenty of mattresses if you don’t mind sleeping on the floor. All guests who stay with us will need to bring bedding, towels, their own diving and fishing gear, swimming clothes, walking shoes, water bottles and additional food to get you through your day. No food provided for day visits.
What the host will provide
Water, sunscreen, first aid kit to be used when needed.
Further information from the Host
Children must be supervised at all times! There are no boundary fences on Mahuki, so we do stress that you be careful around cliff edges, beehives and gorse bush. Remember that this is a small island surrounded by water so we advise an adult be with a child when swimming down the beach or if exploring the island. We will of course be there to watch and care for your precious tamariki as well. Please be aware that there are no hospitals on Great Barrier Island but we do have a medical centre available in the case of an injury. If it is considered to be serious and in need of urgent medical attention, you will most likely have to be helicoptered to the nearest hospital. We will have first aid kits available for minor injuries. Please have respect for our Manu and act responsibly around them. You are welcome to walk amongst them or get as close as possible but please refrain from touching, harming or causing stress to our taonga. This is their home, we are just the care takers.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
An experience is refundable if:
There will be a 2.9% admin fee payable for ALL cancellations, this fee is to cover processing and administration costs involved.
Please allow up to 10 days for all refunds to processed. Refunds will be returned to the original credit card used for the booking.
Cancellations related to weather
Hosts plan for changes in the weather and will try to continue the experience as planned, even in bad weather. If severe weather conditions make it unsafe for you and your host to continue as scheduled, the host may adjust the itinerary or reschedule the experience. If the experience is substantially changed or cancelled altogether and cannot be rescheduled, you can contact us to request a refund.
See full conditions of the Cancellation and refund policy