Totaranui Scenic Cruise$77.00

  • View the spectacular Split Apple Rock

  • A comprehensive round trip visiting all points of interest along the sparking bays and golden beaches of the Park

  • Your skipper will stop at Tonga or Pinnacle Island to view the seals before dropping you off back at Totaranui

  • Spot the Cormorants that nest in the trees

Board at Totaranui for a scenic cruise to Marahau. Bring your lunch or dine at one of the local cafes. Depart Marahau after lunch and return to Totaranui.

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Totaranui Scenic Cruise Journey

  • 1 Aqua Taxi from Totaranui to Awaroa

    Forest and sea look like they merge on this coastal section. Crossing the large open bay that joins Totaranui and Awaroa you will see what looks like endless long golden beaches.

    Places of interest: Awaroa Beach, Totaranui Beach

  • 2 Aqua Taxi from Awaroa to Onetahuti

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    This stretch of coastline crosses the boundary of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. You will see a lot of interesting eroded granite; take note of the colours caused by iron oxide and granite. Pass the inlet for Shag Harbour mostly accessible by kayak on a high tide. Look out for a huge round boulder similar to split apple rock - (estimated the size of a small house) sitting out on its own in the azure waters.

    Places of interest: Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Island, Awaroa Beach

  • 3 Aqua Taxi from Onetahuti to Bark Bay

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    You are entering the middle of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. You will see Tonga Island prominent in the distance which has one of the largest seal populations in the park. All of our boats hold a marine mammal viewing permit - so we can view all marine life from a distance of 20 metres. We stop at Tonga or Pinnacle Island and spend time viewing the seals

    Places of interest: Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Island

  • 4 Aqua Taxi from Bark Bay to Anchorage

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    This stretch of coastline can only be viewed from the water. You will see lots of interesting rocky outcrops and rock formations. Sandfly Bay and Falls River are beautiful spots. On a high tide (and time dependent) you can go up Falls River and see the people walking across the Swing Bridge.

    Places of interest: Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay

  • 5 Aqua Taxi from Anchorage to Marahau

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    You will pass several off-shore islands which provide a protected habitat for native wildlife. This stretch of water is called the Astrolabe Roadstead named by Dumont Durville. Roadstead was a term early seafarers used to describe safe sheltered waters.

    Places of interest: Aqua Taxi Marahau Base, Split Apple Rock, Marahau, Adele Island, Fisherman Island, Aquapackers Floating Accommodation, Anchorage

  • 6 Aqua Taxi return journey from Marahau to Totaranui

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