Connect with the waters, the islands and tangata whenua of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour. Not only will you be making a positive impact to this unique environment, but you'll learn more about traditional sustainable practices represented through mātauranga Māori. Our regenerative tourism experience also provides a contribution back to the youth leadership programmes of Sea Cleaners and Piritahi marae. 


  • Seacleaners voyage to Waiheke
  • Help collect plastics from the Hauraki Gulf
  • Powhiri at Piritahi Marae
  • Korero and learning about mātauranga Māori
  • Lunch including produce from Marae gardens
  • Return ferry from Waiheke aboard Fullers


  • Sea Cleaners is a non-profit environmental company dedicated to cleaning plastic and other rubbish from our oceans and waterways.
  • An experience that will connect you with the waters, the islands and the tangata whenua (hosts) of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour. Not only will you be making a positive impact to this unique environment, but you will also be able to take with you the insights and learnings of how the Māori care for the land and the ocean (moana).
  • Your valuable work (or mahi) involves working with the non-profit Sea Cleaners team, collecting plastic from the water and shorelines of the harbour. 
  • Your morning work will conclude at the picturesque Te Hurihi Bay on Waiheke Island, home of the Piritahi marae.
  • Members of the marae will meet you and welcome you onto the marae where you will participate in a powhiri and enjoy lunch (kai) incorporating local fresh produce prepared on the marae.

Details of the experience:


  • Meet at the Sea Cleaners check-in kiosk, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.  A Sea Cleaners representative will discuss the plan for the morning and provide education around the global plastic issue and the affect it is having on our oceans and sea life.  
  • Depart with Sea Cleaners on one of their specially adapted vessels. Spend the morning helping their team collect plastic from selected locations in the harbour


  • Arrive at Te Hurihi Bay on Waiheke Island: Here you will be met by the local hau kāinga who will prepare to welcome you onto the Piritahi marae. Before you say farewell to Sea Cleaners there will be a chance to share thoughts around your work today and the importance of the ocean and of environmental wellbeing. This subject will be developed further as you learn more about mātauranga Māori, the traditional concepts and knowledge that are linked to sustainability.
  • Entering Piritahi marae you will experience a traditional powhiri, followed by lunch in the whare kai. (dining room)


  • Transfer by Potiki Adventures to the Fullers Ferry Terminal
  • Travel by ferry back to Auckland City