Booking Now: Tour Aotearoa 2020 Cyclists and 2 Day Dargaville Cruises.
Cruise the mighty Kaipara Harbour and Kaipara River aboard our 17m fun
vessel the M.V. Kewpie Too. We offer a range of cruises from three-hour river cruises
to our two-day harbour adventures retracing the routes of historic steamers from a
bygone era and exploring the distant reaches of the Kaipara - the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.
* All prices include GST
* Visit our map page at bottom of page to see exactly where the cruises go.
* Gift vouchers available for all our cruises.
Public Cruises - set advertised dates
Half Day - 5 Hour River & Harbour Cruise (includes 2 hrs ashore @ Shelly Beach)
Two Day Kaipara Adventure Helensville/Pahi to Dargaville and return
Pahi Cruises October 4 hour Cruise Pahi - Ranganui Rail Bridge and return to Pahi
Tour Aotearoa 2020 Cyclists Pouto to Helensville
Club or Group Cruises
3 Hour Riverboat Cruise Departs Parakai, Helensville (Check out our senior Club/Group special prices)
One Day Cruise Helensville to Dargaville or Dargaville- Helensville Groups only ( returning by coach) or cruise
the Kaipara as part of your Northland adventure.
One Day Helensville to Port Albert returning by coach (total duration approx 4.5- 5 hrs)
Port Allbert Cruises - Private charters only Great if travelling into Northland Departing Port Albert return to Port Albert or have your coach meet you at Pahi to continue your journey.
Half Day - Kaipara River and Harbour Cruise to Shelly Beach
Next Sailings 2019-2020 TBA Photo taken from Shelly Beach Cafe
This Cruise departs from Parakai, Helensville and Cruises across the Kaipara Harbour past Shelly Beach to view the expanse of NZ's largest inland waterway, we then return to Shelly Beach and go ashore where you can spend time at "The Jetty " Licensed Cafe' and or, explore this remote beach and settlement before re- boarding our vessel for the
return journey back across the harbour to Parakai.
This Cruise Features:
* Cruise through the Historic Kaipara River & Harbour to Shelly Beach
* Time ashore at Shelly Beach
* Visit " The Jetty" Licensed Cafe' (own expense) or bring your own picnic ashore for the Beach
* Sight many bays and inlets accessible only by boat.
* History, Maori Pa Sites, Birdlife, ecology and nature cruise.
* From the middle of the harbour view, Tapora, Sth Kaipara Heads and Pouto Point, also
sight a couple of large sculptures on Alan Gibbs Sculpture farm.
* Trip Duration 5 hours
* Informative Commentary
* Calm Sheltered Inland Waterways
Cost: Adults - $35.00 per person Children 5-13yrs $15.00 per person 0-4yrs free
Inquire about our special senior citizen Gold Card rates (this cruise only)
Phone 09-420-8466 for bookings or Email: email@example.com
The Two Day Great Kaipara Adventure -
Helensville to Dargaville Photo- Settlement of Tinopai
2019- Nov 23 & 24,
2020- Feb 15 & 16, March 14 & 15, April 4 &5 $295.00 per person
Weekday Special - 2020 March 18&19 $275.00 per person
Retracing the old steamer and sailing ship routes from Helensville to Dargaville through
the historic Kaipara Harbour aboard our comfortable vessel M.V. Kewpie Too.
Day One: We cruise through the little traveled eastern reaches of the Kaipara Harbour
from Helensville past Shelly Beach, South Head, Tinopai to Pahi, where we join our coach for
the short journey across to Dargaville. Our accommodation for the evening is the Northern Wairoa Hotel and the Central Hotel, These old time hotels are clean and comfortable, however not all rooms have ensuite facilites.
If you require Motel accommodation this is available at an extra. $35.00 per person, the Motels are out of the main town centre.
Lunches day one and two, morning/afternoon teas and Dinner Bed and Continental Breakfast is also included on this cruise.
Day Two: We Cruise from Dargaville through the Northern Wairoa River, past Te Kopuru, Ruawai, Kelly's Bay, and many other beautiful Bays and Inlets, where early gum diggers camped before making our way past Pouto Point across the Kaipara Heads before returning to Helensville.
Below Steamship Ruawai departing Helensville c1920
CLICK ON PDF LINK BELOW FOR ITINERARY FOR YOUR CRUISE
Kewpie Too Loading at Pouto
If you are cycling the 2020Tour Aotearoa Trail from Cape Reinga through the Kaipara Harbour, Kaipara Cruises will be operating limited departure dates for the cruise from Pouto Point across the Kaipara Harbour to Parakai, Helensville. This is a 3 hour journey from Pouto Point to Parakai, departure times vary due to the tides.
See below for 2020 public sailings, outside of these dates we can operate these Cruises from Pouto to Helensville on demand on a private charter basis.
2020 DATES AND DEPARTURE TIMES
DATE DAY DEPARTURE POUTO
18 February Tues 1pm
19 Feb Wed 2pm
20 Feb Thurs 3.30pm
21 Feb Friday 4.00pm
22 Feb Sat 7.00am and 5pm
23 Feb Sun 7.00am and 5.30pm
24 Feb Mon 7.00am and 6pm
25 Feb Tues 8.00am and 7pm
26 Feb Wed 8.00am
27 Feb Thurs 9.00am
28 Feb Fri 9.00am
4 Mar Wed 12.30pm
5 Mar Thurs 1.00pm
6 Mar Fri 2.30pm
8 Mar Sat 6.00am and 3.30pm
9 Mar Mon 7.00am and 5.00pm
10 Mar Tues 7.00am and 6.00pm
11 Mar Wed 7.00am and 6.30pm
12 Mar Thurs 7.00pm
COST $50.00 PER PERSON (INCLUDING BIKE AND GEAR) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL,
LIMITED NUMBERS EACH SAILING: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for booking
Helensville 3 hour Riverboat Cruises 2019-20 - on demand for club/group bookings
Weekday Special Senior Group/Club Special $20 per person (not public holidays)
Leaving from Parakai, you will spend a relaxing 3 hours on the Kewpie Too
exploring the tranquil rivers of the Kaipara River Valley. You will view the
sites of early kauri mills and bush camps now long gone while listening
to the informative commentary, and also visit the beautiful bush reserve
on the Kaukapakapa River (tide depending) where young kauri, kowhai
and totara, among others grow sheer from the waters edge along with a
shag colony and other wildlife nesting on the river.
Excellent outing for your family, club or group, (private Charter Minimum 30 pax)
COST ONLY $ 25.00 PER PERSON
CHILDREN 5-13yrs $15.00pp, 0-4 yrs free.
Phone 09-420-8466 for bookings or Email: email@example.com
Please note: All our cruises can be adapted to suit your club or groups.
Packed lunch available for this cruise $10.00per person (group bookings only)
Pahi River Cruises
NEXT SAILINGS 2019: Labour Weekend 26,27,28,29,30,31 October, November 1,2,3, 2019
Join us on a 4 hour voyage discovering the beautiful native bush, Idyllic Bays and the magnificent Kauri of the Otamatea.
We cruise from Pahi through the Arapaoa River and into the Otamatea River, passing places rich in history such as Puriri Point, Batley, and Tanoa, to the historic Ranganui Rail Bridge before returning to Pahi.
M.V. Kewpie Too at Pahi
M.V. KEWPIE TOO IS LICENSED TO CARRY 100 PASSENGERS
AND IS A COMFORTABLE SAFE VESSEL IDEALLY SET OUT
WITH EXCELLENT TOP DECK VIEWING.
This cruise takes place in the totally enclosed, sheltered water of
the Araparoa and Otamatea Rivers – this makes an ideal cruise for even the
most dubious of sailors.
TEA, COFFEE & BISCUITS FOR SALE ON BOARD, B.Y.O. LUNCH
Cost: Adults - $35.00 Children - $15.00
CLICK on the PDF Link above - Pahi Brochure for full itinerary and dates
PORT ALBERT CRUISING 2020- Group Charters only
from Port Albert -Port Albert (4.5 hours)
Port Albert - Pahi, great cruise for inbound tour operators heading into Northland
DEPARTS: Port Albert Wharf 20 mins from Wellsford
Join us on a 4½ hour voyage of discovery exploring the historic inland waterways of the Kaipara Estuary, retracing the old steamer and sailing ship routes though sheltered scenic waterways of times gone by.
This cruise departs from Port Albert through the Oruawharo River to Otamatea River through to the historic Batley Hotel
before returning to Port Albert ~ sheltered estuary waters, this makes an ideal cruise for even the most dubious of sailors.
This cruise features:
Old Kauri Mill Sites
- Maori Pa Sites
- Atiu Creek Regional Farm Park
- Sight Kaipara Heads, Pouto, Northern Wairoa River
- Tinopai and the Otamatea River
- Historic 1860 Batley Hotel
- Historic remote settlements, early bush camps, mill towns
- Many bays and inlets accessible only by boat
- Birdlife, ecology and nature cruise
- Informative commentary Duration 4.5 hrs
COST: Private Bookings, clubs/groups only 2020 Price tba
Click the pdf link for standard Port Albert Cruise itinerary
No Public Easter Cruises for 2020.
Club and group bookings only- Phone for itinerary & bookings
Day Cruise Helensville to Dargaville Club/Groups only
This is a one day voyage of discovery retracing the old steamer and sailing ship routes across 66 nautical miles of sheltered inland waterways from Helensville directly to Dargaville . This enables your group to plan your own itinerary maybe stay and explore Dargaville's attractions before leaving Dargaville the following day ie,Dargaville Museum, Kumera Box,, railcarts etc or have your coach meet you on arrival and return you to your destination, another option, continue on day one or two further into Northland. Paihia, Opononi, Whangarei, Warkworth.
Day Cruise Dargaville to Helensville Club/Groups only
This cruise is the reverse of the above departing from Dargaville by boat to Helensville
Same as above applies, you can extend your own itinerary after the boat cruise ie, return by coach to Dargaville, stay an extra couple of days around Auckland/Helensville before continuing on, or include this cruise as part of a larger tour South.
CRUISE DURATION approx 6 hrs.
Cost for this unique Boat Cruise from $80 per person (boat & lunch only) NB: W e can arrange a coach for you (not included in price)
Phone for more information. 09-420-8466
MAP OF KAIPARA HARBOUR
The Kaipara Harbour is the largest enclosed Harbour in the Southern
For your next group, club or family function, explore the mighty Kaipara aboard our
17 metre vessel Kewpie Too ~ An ideal social club or work function.
For more information phone or email us using the link below
(64) 09 420 8466
0274 970 654
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