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The Red Boats Riverhead Cruise

Join The Red Boats for a relaxing cruise through Auckland's upper Waitemata Harbour to the award winning Historic Riverhead Tavern.

Departing from Westhaven Marina in downtown Auckland you soon leave the city in you're wake as the cruise takes you under the Auckland Harbour Bridge towards the unchartered waters of the upper harbour estuary. Along the way you'll pass scenic points of interest and landmarks including the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Kauri Point and Herald Island.

Continuing on the cruise passes Riverlea, Brighams Creek, and Harkins Point tracing the footsteps of the early traders and scows that once negotiated these waters.

After 90 minutes of relaxed cruising, and taking in the sites with informative commentary along the way you arrive at the historic Riverhead Tavern.

At around 150 years old the Riverhead Tavern is one of the oldest and most prestigious taverns in New Zealand, rich in history and more popular than ever there are a multitude of options to enjoy here from fantastic à la carte dining at The Landing Restaurant, to simple pub fare and a cold beer in the sun at the Portage Sports Bar. After a couple of hours relaxing at the tavern it's time to board the vessel again for the return trip to Auckland. Enjoy a drink from the onboard cash bar, take in the sights and play a tune on the juke box there's still plenty of time to relax and enjoy life on the return journey.


Price:

  • $35 Adult
  • $15 Child

Note: Price includes the Cruise Only. Dining at Riverhead Tavern is separate, as are drinks from the cash bar onboard the boat.


Departures:

The Riverhead Cruise departures are based around tidal access to the upper Waitemata harbour (normally working 2 hours either side of high tide). Please note that the times below on the inventory grid are indicative only and you must contact the operator after booking to confirm the exact departure time.

Important Information:

  • Reservations Essential
  • You will be sent full contact details for the Riverhead Tavern in your booking confirmation so that you can also book the dining option you would like ahead of time.

Location: The Red Boats Riverhead Cruise departs from Pier Z, Westhaven Marina, downtown Auckland.


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Chris from Australia wrote on 16 April 2019

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Great day trip

If your looking for a relaxing boat trip would highly recommend this trip. Great commentary and insight into the river history. Was surprised boat had locals taking the trip for the first time, who were excited to see the river in a different perspective. The pub we visited considers themselves a gastro pub so if you are eating there be prepared to pay for average food. But please do the cruise you won’t regret it.

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Jasmine from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2018

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Great day out

We really loved our time on the cruise, the staff were friendly and we learnt so much about the local area. I think the time at the Riverhead was a bit too long at around 3 hours but it wouldn’t stop me from doing the cruise again😊

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Mark Claydon from New Zealand wrote on 26 January 2017

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Riverhead Cruise

Outstanding tour and crew , want to go again already

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Mark from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2020

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Most awesomest day

What a great trip , boat , scenery , crew and pub meal on a stunning day, my son and I had the best day ever

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From The Red Boats Riverhead Cruise

Hi Mark, Super glad you had a great day out with your son on our Riverhead Cruiser, hope to see you back for another great Red Boats experience.

Maxine from New Zealand wrote on 23 September 2019

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Red boats Riverhead boat cruise

Friendly, efficient and an interesting commentary. Great trip I would totally recommend!

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