Our first project, Manaaki Moana, is a partnership between environmental non-profit, Sea Cleaners and Pōtiki Adventures. An experience that will connect visitors with the waters, the islands and the hau kainga (hosts) of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour. Not only will our guests be making a positive impact to this unique environment, but they will also be able to take with them the insights and learnings of how the Māori care for the land and the ocean (mātauranga Māori).


Manaaki Moana 
(Caring for the Ocean)

sample itinerary

Arrive Auckland.


Transfer by Pōtiki  Adventures to the Fullers Ferry Terminal.


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).


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.  


Meet at the Sea Cleaners check-in kiosk, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. Sea Cleaners is a non-profit environmental company dedicated to cleaning plastic and other rubbish from our oceans and water ways. A Sea Cleaners represented 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.   


Travel by ferry back to Auckland City.