Cruise and Platter Experience


As a Clinical Nutritionist and Counsellor, Debbie has a love for healthy living, food, nature, the outdoors and fishing.  Relocating to Whitianga has now provided the opportunity to share her passion of food and healthy lifestyle choices within the beautiful Mercury Bay.

Being on the ocean is therapeutic and there is no better location than the islands around Whitianga. Mike is an experienced Skipper and works within the Mercury Islands most days. He knows the beautiful spots to take you cruising aboard his launch ON ICE. So all you need to do is get comfortable, take in the view and enjoy the gourmet platters with family, friends or work colleagues.



The Mercury Islands are a top destination and are renowned for the gorgeous bays and beaches with beautiful clear water – its simply breath-taking.  Being on the ocean is therapeutic but it is also fun. 

You can book the entire boat for you and 9 guests to enjoy or book your tickets individual tickets now and we will connect you with others aboard ON ICE.   

Mike and Debbie will welcome you aboard and take you cruising for 2.5 hours.  Just sit back enjoy the scenery, company and the gourmet platters that Debbie has prepared.

Debbie Buddle – Nutritionist/Counsellor

Debbie is passionate about food and creates amazing platters from local and fresh ingredients. It may even include freshly caught fish and crayfish when possible.

Mike Hanham – ON ICE

Mike is a local expert when it comes to fishing and an experienced Skipper. He has extensive knowledge of the surrounding Mercury Islands.  Mike is dedicated to ensuring that your experience on his launch (ON ICE) is fun and memorable.

 VENUE:  ON ICE leaving Whitianga Marina

Experience requires 10 people to depart

TOTAL COST: $299 per person (max 10 people)

What you  may need to bring

  • personal items such as medication / food and drink preferences
  • warm clothing
  • sunscreen
  • camera

Special Conditions


  • The Cruise and Platter experience is weather permitting.  Should mother nature make it unfavourable for us to spend the day on the water then the event will be rebooked for the next available day.

Food Allergies and intolerances

  • Please be mindful if you have food allergies or intolerances that you will need to advise at time of booking and include in booking form.  Whilst Debbie will try her best to make changes to the platters to accomodate, it may not be possible at times.

Other Conditions

  • No smoking 
  • No animals
  • Trip will only go ahead with 10 people.  If people cancel this may affect the charter.  Therefore the charter will be postponed until the numbers are met


  • Please be mindful when cancelling that this may affect the charter proceeding on the day due to numbers.
  • Full refunds are provided should COVID lockdowns prevent charter from proceeding
  • Full refund is provided up to 21 days prior to charter
  • Cancellation within 21 days of charter $150 fee applies and balance is refunded
  • Cancellation within 14 days of charter – no refund applies
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