Special charter cruises taking in the newest ferry terminals in the North Shore and Upper Harbour will be one of the highlights of EcoFest – the festival celebrating environmental action and sustainable living throughout March.
EcoFest Harbour Cruises will depart from Northcote, Beach Haven and Hobsonville navigating the inner harbour and beyond, while passengers learn about the vital work of agencies dedicated to keeping our waterways clean and improving habitat for both people and marine life. Representatives from coastal clean-up champions Sea Cleaners, and the Whale & Dolphin Safari based at Viaduct Harbour, will be on board to speak about their work.
The two sailings, which last for three hours, take place on Saturday 16 March at 10am and 1.30pm. Tickets cost $35 each and bookings can be made online:
or by phoning (09) 482 1172 (limit 70 passengers per vessel).
These unique eco-cruises have been organised by Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, EcoFest co-ordinators, in an effort to showcase the work being done to minimise pollution and protect marine life along our harbour coastlines.
“These will be truly eye-opening journeys, not just in terms of the value of the work being done and the enormity of the task, but also as opportunities to simply discover more about our beautiful coastline and some of the marine life that exists in and around it whose survival and wellbeing is interconnected with our own” says EcoFest Manager Louisa Chase. “With the opening of the new ferry terminals at Beach Haven and Hobsonville we are able to offer a glimpse of the bigger picture around our waterways and provide a really enjoyable day out too.”
Sea Cleaners, operating through the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up Trust, have so far removed and disposed of over 3.1 million litres of marine debris from the sea around Auckland in their vessel The Phil Warren, recycling the rubbish whenever possible.
Auckland’s Whale & Dolphin Safari, part of Explore NZ, provide popular excursions into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park from central Auckland focussing on marine mammal sightings, research and conservation. A member of the Sustainable Business Network and recipients of a Gold Enviro Award, Explore NZ is dedicated to sustainability and minimising its impact on the environment.
EcoFest is supported by Auckland Council with sponsorship from the North Shore Times and the North Harbour News. The festival is packed with scores of eco-events and activities happening all around the North Shore up to Orewa throughout March. To find out more visit www.ecofest.org.nz