Discover New Zealand's Largest Inland Water way

the Mighty Kaipara Harbour.

PH: 09-420-8466

Email:kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz


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    Kaipara 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 all the way to  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.

    Just 55 minutes from downtown Auckland but a world away, with Kaipara Cruises you will discover the beauty of this mystical harbour - lush bush-lined rivers, deserted white sandy beaches and the spectacular West Coast, historic  settlements.

     

    • All prices include GST. 
    • Visit our map page to see exactly where the cruises go.
    • Gift Vouchers available for all our cruises.

     

     

        PUBLIC CRUISES

      1/2 Day  - 5 Hour River & Harbour Cruise  (includes 2 hrs ashore @Shelly Beach )

       Two Day  Kaipara Adventure -  Helensville/Pahi to Dargaville & return

      Tour Aotearoa 2020  - Cyclists Pouto to Helensville


    CLUB OR GROUP CRUISES

     3-hour Riverboat Cruise  - Club and groups only (check out our senior Club/Group cruises)

     One Day Cruise Helensville to Dargaville or Dargaville - Helensville Groups only (returning by coach )

       One Day Helensville to Port Albert -returning by coach (total duration approx     6hrs)

       

     




     2018/19 ~  Weekday  Senior  Group/Club Specials $20 per person:(not public holidays)

    Sailings:  ON DEMAND FOR CLUB/GROUP BOOKINGS

    Leaving from Parakai, you will spend a relaxing three  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 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:     Adults - $25.00  Children - $15.00 (0-4 years free, 5-13 years child rate)

     Phone 09 420 8466 for bookings or Email: kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz

     Please note:  All our cruises can be adapted to suit your club or senior groups, special senior club/group rates apply Mon-Fri. (minimum 30 passengers). Bookings available now -  Phone for departure times.


     


        Next Sailings 2019/20:    TBA

    This Cruise departs from 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" licenced café

    and/or explore this remote beach and settlement before re boarding our vessel for the return journey back across the harbour to Helensville.


    This Cruise Features: 

    •  Cruise through the Historic Kaipara River & Harbour to Shelly Beach
    • Time ashore at Shelly Beach
    • Visit "The Jetty" Licensed  Café or bring your own picnic ashore for the Beach
    • Sight many bays & 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.
    • Trip Duration  5 hrs including time ashore
    • Informative Commentary
    •  Calm Sheltered Inland Waterways

    Inquire about our special senior citizen Gold Card rates (this cruise only)

    Phone 09 420 8466 for bookings or Email: kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz


                                  

    2019 Next  Sailings:  Nov 23 & 24,

    2020- Feb 15 &16, March 14 & 15, April 4 &5   $295.00pp

     WEEKDAY - March 18 &19   $275.00pp


                            

    Retracing the old steamer and sailing ship routes from Helensville to Dargaville

    through the historic Kaipara Harbour aboard our comfortable Vessel MV Kewpie Too.


    Day One: we cruise through the little travelled eastern reaches                             

    of the Kaipara Harbour from Helensville past Shelly Beach,             

    South Head, Tinopai to Pahi.                                                                                       Below: Settlement of Tinopai  


    Day Two: we cruise from Dargaville through the

     Northern Wairoa River, past Ruawai and many other

    beautiful Bays & Inlets before returning to Helensville.                                                   

    This cruise also includes overnight accommodation
    at the Northern Wairoa and/or Central Hotel in Dargaville       

    These old time hotels are clean and comfortable however

    not all rooms have ensuite facilities.

     If you require Motel accommodation this is available at an             

     extra   $35pp.

     

     Below: Steamship Ruawai departing Helensville  c1920                 

    Steamship Ruawai departing 
       Helensville c1920

                 

                                                                                            

                                                                 

                           

       









    TOUR AOTEAROA               BOOKING  NOW

      Kewpie Too Loading at Pouto                                                                           

                                       



     Kaipara Cruises will be operating limited departure dates for the cruise from Pouto Point If you are cycling the Tour Aotearoa Trail

    from Cape Reinga  through the Kaipara Harbour to Helensville.

    This is a 3 hour journey from  Pouto Point to Helensville, departure times will vary due to the tides.

    See below for 2020 public sailings, outside of these dates we can operate the Cruise from Pouto to

     Helensville on  demand on a private charter basis.

     

    2020 DATES AND DEPARTURE TIMES

    DATE                                                 DEPARTURE  POUTO

      18 Feb  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                            8am 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   Friday                         2.30pm

       7  Mar   Sat                              6.00am and 3.30pm   

       8  Mar   Sun                             7.00am and 4.30pm

       9 Mar   Mon                                 7am and 5.00pm

      10 Mar  Tue                              7am and 6.00pm

      11 Mar  Wed                             7am and 6.30pm

      12 Mar  Thurs                           7.00pm

     COST   $50.00 per person (including bike and gear)


     BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. LIMITED NUMBERS EACH SAILING

    EMAIL:   kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz   for booking




     


    CLICK ON PDF LINK BELOW FOR ITINERARY

    2019-20 Orig 2 Day Drl Broch p1.pdf
    2019-20 Orig 2 day Drl Brochure P2 cont.pdf
    2019-20 Orig 2 DAY Hl - Drl 2 Return form.pdf
    2019 ONE DAY PORT ALBERT SPECIAL Cruise Brochure bus,coachdoc.pdf
    2019 Easter Cruises frm Port Albert Itinerary and dates
    Pahi Brochure 2019.pdf




    PORT ALBERT EASTER CRUISING

     from Port Albert -Port Albert (4.5 hours)

     Bookings essential

    DEPARTS: Port Albert Wharf 20 mins from Wellsford

    Join us on a 4˝ 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:     Adult - $35.00       Child - $15.00

    Click the pdf link for Port Albert Easter Cruise itinerary with dates





     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 to Dargaville and returning to Helensville by coach. This enables time for your group to explore Dargaville's attractions before

    leaving Dargaville. (ie, Museum, Kumera Box show, shops etc)

    (return coach direct to your destination can  be arranged, extra charge)

     

      This cruise is the reverse of the above  departing from Dargaville by boat to Helensville and returning by coach to Dargaville.



    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.

    Photos click here to see more

     

    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

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

    Click here to see more

    CLICK ON THE PDF LINK ABOVE FOR FULL ITINERARY & DATES

     

      


    PRIVATE  CHARTERS

      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


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    (64) 09 420 8466
    0274 970 654

    kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz

    Kaipara Cruises, T&G Somers

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    Helensville
    New Zealand