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Island Passage - New Zealand
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Best Seasons

October - April

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Excellent trip for couples. The fishing enthusiast and those that prefer adventurous land activities.

Island Passage - New Zealand

Based in downtown Auckland at Princes Wharf, “Island Passage” a 42 metre luxury vessel, offers extended cruises around the “Hauraki; Gulf Marine Park”.

Cruising aboard “Island Passage” with its state of the art design, stylish interior and a full range of sporting facilities, means you can create a holiday that suits your needs.

Passengers will be able to take a fishing trip from the tender boats or a picnic ashore. Bush walks and expeditions from the ship by helicopter or boat are all daily activities, or they may choose to relax with a good book in the library or laze in a steamer deckchair in the sun.

Evenings are a highlight of small ship cruising where the mood changes onboard to sunset cocktails, white linen dining and personal service as you enjoy excellent Pacific Cuisine by the onboard chef. Stunning scenery will be enjoyed as “Island Passage’ moors in the picturesque quiet bays of the Hauraki Gulf.

There is accommodation onboard for 22 passengers. The ten spacious cabins with rich timber panelling and Rose & Heather furniture are all fitted with video, audio, TV and are air-conditioned, most with doors opening to the outer deck. Each cabin has its own en-suite. The ship will be occupied with six full time crew: Skipper, 1st Mate, Chief Engineer, Chef and two hospitality staff.

The Region

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – The Islands of our Escape. Established in 1967 to preserve some 47 islands, it was the first maritime park in New Zealand. One of the park’s main aims is to retain many of the islands in their natural state, protecting the unspoiled and often rare vegetation, providing a haven for the myriad of animal and bird life which lives and breeds on them.

A paradise of scenic contrasts, the Park includes islands, headlands and coastline scattered over thirteen, 600 square kilometres of Pacific Ocean, ranging from the small outlying Cuvier Island in the east to the well loved Rangitoto Island extinct volcano towering above the inner gulf waters.

The Ship

The “Island Passage” is a large ship. At 42 metres (138 feet) in length she boasts a restaurant, satellite TV, several sport-fishing boats with Shimano gear, a library, a fantastic indoor/outdoor bar and luxurious en-suite cabins for 24 guests. Limited laundry facilities are available at a small cost. We carry a 6-seater twin engine Squirrel helicopter onboard to offer flexibility and added convenience.

All suites and cabins have a selection of new release and classic movies available at no cost. There is also a huge music selection available in each cabin at no extra cost.

Satellite TV is available in the Bridge Deck Suites. It is also available in the main saloon on a 42” Phillips wide screen Plasma TV and one additional screen is located in the library. A Bose lifestyle system 28 provides music throughout the saloon and to the aft deck.

Cuisine on the “Island Passage” is designed to be a delectable experience. Fresh produce and Pacific inspired flavours are essential ingredients. The Chefs are more than happy to prepare any special dishes. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so that we can try and accommodate your needs.

Cabins – there are 10 spacious cabins with rich timber panelling and hand made Kauri furniture. All are fitted with DVD, Audio, TV and are individually air conditioned. Each cabin has its own private en-suite and is serviced daily.

Cape Class – (Suites 1 + 2) These two large superior suites are located on the private bridge deck, which also accommodates the Captain’s Cabin, has doors opening directly onto the deck, extra large en-suites and stunning views from the large picture windows.

Island Class – (Cabins 3,4,5,6) These four large cabins are located on the promenade deck which contains the main dining room, saloon, bar and the outdoor entertainment areas. The extra large Owners Cabin is located on this deck for those wishing for that extra space. All cabins have doors opening directly onto the deck, large en-suites and wide views from the picture windows. Our wheelchair cabin is on this deck for same level access to the essential areas on the ship.

Channel Class – (Cabins 7,8,9,10) These four large cabins are located on the main deck. Each has two portholes with a nautical theme. All have large en-suites and offer very generous cabin space at reasonable rates. The library is also located on this deck.

Fishing & Equipment

Snapper is the most common species caught in this area. The average size fish are around 2-3 kg. but the really big specimens getup to 15 kg.

Yellowtail Kingfish is also very common to this area. They can be caught all year round with summer being the best time to target Kingfish. Ten kilo fish are the average with the larger fish being quite common.

Trevally, Kahawai are just a couple of many other species caught in this area.

Shimano tackle ranging from 10 to 37 Kg is all supplied. As far as fishing vessels, the fleet consists of a 7.2 metre sportfisher, 2 x 6.1 metre centre consoles plus 2 x 4.6 metre aluminium craft.


6 day / 5 night example

From AUD$2750 per person triple share
To AUD$3650 per person twin share

There are 4 different cabin Classes

*We have 3 types of trips on this vessel in New Zealand waters. Snapper Escape, Kingfish Escape and a Fishing/Non-Fishing couples trip. The vessel will also be available from May to October in the Vanuatu region.


* all meals - chef prepared
* five nights accommodation onboard "Island Passage"
* tackle supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis
* 4 days guided fishing
* use of fishing tenders
* premium wine, beer, liquor, juice, water
* exclusive shore charters
* kayaking and small boat expeditions
* onboard expedition leader
* helicopter transfers and scenic flights where stated in itinerary

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