Half Day Sightseeing (Catering extra per person if required)

* Under the Covid Protection Framework we will require all passengers to show a Vaccine Passport prior to boarding*

Let us hook you up with the ultimate Great Barrier Island adventure. Our sightseeing charters are your key to the breathtaking views and pristine waters around Great Barrier Island on the edge of the Hauraki Gulf. We offer a family friendly vessel with clean toilet and galley facilities for your fun day out on the water. We can provide a stand up paddle board and kayak for on water fun and take you and your family to unforgettable locations for a fantastic day. Catering available or BYO food and drink

Exclusive use of the vessel for 4 to 5 hours
Up to 20 passengers
Family friendly
Tea and coffee included.
Use of SUP and Kayak

$975 for up to 20 people (Cost is for whole vessel) plus catering per person if required



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Your Skipper - Chris Ollivier - Hooked on Barrier

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 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, Tea and coffee facilities, with seating for 8 people inside the cabin plus seating on the aft deck.

The fibre-glass, 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. A 20% deposit is required to confirm your booking. Payment of the remainder of the charter or fishing trip cost is due 7 days prior to departure. Payments can be made by direct payment to our bank account or by credit card online. 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 BY US. 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. COVID 19 – If travel is prevented due to COVID 19 restrictions imposed by the NZ Government we will offer a reschedule date, a credit for a future booking or a full refund.

CANCELLATIONS BY YOU. Bookings are not secured unless payment of a deposit (20%) or full charter amount is made. Final payment of amount due must be made 7 days prior to charter date. If you cancel 30 days prior to booking full refund will be made. Cancel between 30 and 7 days prior to the booking deposit is not refundable unless we are able to fill that charter date with an equivalent booking. Cancellation 7 days or less you are liable for the full charter amount. We recommend that you obtain appropriate travel insurance.

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 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

If we cancel the trip because of weather conditions we offer you a chance to reschedule your trip or a full refund if that isn’t possible (please see Terms & Conditions)

Sorry, under the NZ Sale of liquor Act 2012 we are not licensed for alcohol consumption including BYO.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Casual fishing trips generally depart at 08:30am, 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.

Unless we have made special arrangements with you the trips depart from Whangaparapara Wharf, Great Barrier Island.