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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    OKING   NOW:  ONE DAY PORT ALBERT AND TWO DAY DARGAVILLE CRUISES.

    Kaipara Cruises

    (CLICK ON PDF BELOW FOR FULL ITINERARIES/BROCHURES )
                                         

    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 45 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.

     

     

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

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

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

       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)

         Pahi River Cruise  -   4 hrs departs Pahi (October)

        Port Albert Easter Special 4.5 hours   departs Port Albert  (April)




     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 2018/19:   2018 Dec Sat 1st, Sun 2nd,  Daily from Dec 28 to Jan 13 2019

      2019 Auckland Anniversary Weekend  Jan 26,27,28,29, Feb 2,3,4, Waitanig Day 5th, 9 &10th.

    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


    Saturday 2nd March depart Helensville to Port Albert by boat returning to Helensville by coach 

    Sunday 3rd March  - Coach Helensville to Port Albert,  return to Helensville from Port Albert by boat.

     This Cruise retraces the journeys of the early Albertlanders of Port Albert, rich in history,  very informative.  Duration 6 hrs (boat & coach)

     FEATURES

    Old Kauri Mill Sites, Maori Pa Sites,  Shelly Beach,

     Atiu Creek Regional Farm Park,Sight Kaipara Heads & Pouto Point,

    Historic Churches, and much more...........

     

    COST   Adults  $55  Child $30  BYO Lunch

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, Email: kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz or phone 09-420-8466

     

     Click the pdf One Day Port Albert  Special for full itinerary 

    Click One Day Port Albert Return Booking form below.


     

     

                                                                                  

     2018/19 Next Sailings: Weekends :  $290.00 pp   -   2018 Nov 17/18 ,  Feb 2019.  16/17,

                                                            March 16/17 , 30/31,  April 13/14.

                                              Weekday Special :    $269.00 pp  -   Feb  2019 28/29    

    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.


    Day Two: we cruise from Dargaville through the Northern Wairoa River, past Ruawai,

    Ruawai departing Helensville 
      c1920's for Dargaville

    and many 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.

                                                                                                                         

          Ruawai departing Helensville for Dargaville c 1920's           

                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                 



    CLICK ON PDF LINKS BELOW FOR ITINERARY AND BOOKING FORMS



    2018 19 Orig P1 2 DAY DRL Broch.pdf
    2018 19 Orig 2 DAY DRL Brochure P2 cont.pdf
    2018 19 Booking Form for Two Day Dargaville Tourspdf.pdf
    2019 ONE DAY PORT ALBERT SPECIAL Cruise Brochure bus,coachdoc.pdf
    2019 ONE DAY PORT ALBERT SPECIAL TOUR RETURN FORM.pdf
    2019 Easter Cruises frm Port Albert Itinerary and dates
    Pahi Labour Weekend Cruise itinerary & dates 2018pdf.pdf




    PORT ALBERT EASTER CRUISING 2019

     from Port Albert -Port Albert (4.5 hours)

     Friday 19th April to Sunday 28th April.

     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  2018: SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER DAILY UNTIL SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER

    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

    Click here to see more

    CLICK 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
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    kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz

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    New Zealand