Express yourself

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This summer, if you find yourself wishing you could get out on the sea, visit the islands and go fishing, but you don’t own a boat, the answer has arrived in the form of Hauraki Express.

With three modern, high-spec boats in its fleet, Hauraki Express offers everything you need in water taxi services, day trips, fishing charters, and more. Holly Thomas, Manager of Hauraki Express is preparing package trips for this summer that are designed to appeal to weekenders, holiday makers, commuters, explorers and fishing fans.

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“We can pick up guests from Sandspit or Omaha, take them over to Kawau to dine at Bon Accord Bar & Bistro or Kawau Beach House, and return home again, all for one easy package price,” Holly says.

“Not drink-driving worries so you can just make the most of your night out.”

Families or groups of friends might prefer a trip to a secluded bay to enjoy a picnic, watch for dolphins, swim, relax and have fun. Others will be interested in the new fishing charters with an emphasis on enjoying the experience of being out on the ocean for the day.

“Dad and George know the Gulf inside out so they can find the fish! And then you can anchor up in a bay and cook it for lunch or take it home for dinner.” 

It’s a family-run business; father Peter, son George and daughter Holly. The result of a life-long passion for boating, sailing, fishing, and just making the most of what the Hauraki Gulf has to offer. Skipper Nick Jones, who doubles as a lawyer in the city, ably assists the family.

Hauraki Express has found a niche with day-trip explorers who use the service to visit the islands of the Gulf for walking, kayaking, bird watching, biking and even golfing adventures.

“We pride ourselves on our new, beautiful boats that are a pleasure to be aboard,” Holly explains. “You are riding in style. They’re fast, convenient and there are no set schedules. We go when and where the clients want to go.”

The only restriction is a minimum of five passengers but Holly can match you up with other groups if necessary. The new boat can take up to 16 passengers, depending on the travel time, and they can team boats up for bigger parties.

“We also offer a water taxi service from Auckland so you can come up for the weekend or the holidays, and skip all the traffic!” Holly said. 

“It only takes one hour and 15 minutes to Kawau, and you can sit back and have a drink while we do the driving. It’s a special way to travel.”

Long-term, Hauraki Express is looking to add more boats and skippers, tap into more lodges and restaurants, and offer more packages.

Make sure you enjoy the full Hauraki Gulf experience this summer. Visit the Hauraki Express website and choose a package to fit your taste, or just get in touch and design your ideal ocean voyage.

www.haurakiexpress.co.nz

FeatureBianca Howlett