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Kewpie Cruises - One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

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Step aboard the iconic KEWPIE for an incredible scenic cruise over the beautiful waters of Tauranga Harbour.

Step aboard the iconic KEWPIE for an incredible scenic cruise over the beautiful waters of Tauranga Harbour.

Highlights

  • Stunning scenic cruise through Tauranga's inner harbour departing hourly from the historical Pilot Wharf
  • Discover the Statue of Tangaroa - God of the Sea in Maori culture
  • Possibility to see the region's seasonal marine wildlife including blue penguins, sea birds and NZ fur seals!
  • Check out the cargo and container ships or visiting cruise ships
  • Includes a Hop-on hop-off Matakana Island beach visit

This popular and relaxing cruise journeys through the beautiful inner harbour of Tauranga with the Grand Kaimai range and Mount Maunganui as a stunning backdrop.

The KEWPIE has two cruise decks and plenty of room to soak up the amazing views. It also boasts a fully licensed lounge bar and bar snacks are also available.

Scenic highlights of this great value cruise include:

The Statue of Tangaroa guarding the harbour entrance

A diversity of landscapes from untouched white sandy beaches, lush green forests, islands and small village settlements, contrasted by the massive highly developed port infrastructure

Occasionally you may see some seasonal wildlife on your cruise like blue penguins, sea birds or NZ fur seals

Matakana Island Hop on / Hop off: If conditions allow, there is the possibility of visiting the island of Matakana where you can explore secluded islands and take a dip in the crystal clear waters. The professional KEWPIE crew can pick you up for the return journey on the next tour. Please note this service is only possible for earlier trips at 11am or 12pm and is based solely on skippers discretion, subject to wind and weather. It is not part of the cruise, but is only an option if possible.

Departure Point: Pilot wharf (base of the mountain). Take a leisurely stroll along Pilot Bay esplanade to the base of the Mountain (Mauao). Walk 100 metres along the base track.

Departures Times:

Daily: December to April 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00pm.

School holidays: 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00pm.

Weekends: May to June & October to November 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00pm.

Adult $40.00
Youth $20.00 (12 - 16 years old)
Child $0.00 (1x per adult)
Additional Child $5.00 (Under 12 years old)

What's included

  • Optional Matakana Island hop on / off service

Location

  • Departure: Pilot Wharf
  • Mt Maunganui
  • Tauranga (base of the mountain).

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Please Note:

    Children under 12 years old: Free Entry

    Condition for Child Pricing: One child under 12 free per direct family member (per adult).

    Extra Children: $5.00 per child.

    Guidelines for visiting Matakana Island: Part of our service is the opportunity to visit Matakana island but any obligation on part of Kewpie Cruises to provide this part of the service in no way changes the value of the ticket.

    - This is strictly a beach visit only, no entering the forest under any circumstances (this is private forestry).

    - No fires are to be lit on the island.

    - Toilets available onboard the vessel, or at the end of the wharf.

    - Collect any rubbish you see, and bring all your rubbish back with you (keep our beaches clean!)

    Access To Matakana Island: Please note we only drop off passengers at this location when conditions allow and logistics allow. Island drop off is at skippers discretion subject to wind, weather, and bookings and is only possible on one of the earlier trips at either 11am or 12pm. It is not part of the cruise but only an option if possible.

Available Bookings from 4 Mar to 17 Mar 2024

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  • Adult$40.00
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$27.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$40.00
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$27.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$40.00
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$27.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$40.00
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$27.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$35.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$35.00
  • Youth$20.00
  • Child Free
  • Additional Child$5.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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282 reviews

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Alice Wee from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2022

Scenic harbour cruise

Highly recommend plp to join this cruise, it was fun and exciting, my family had enjoy it very much. Had put in recommendations for other friends to take up this activity, the captain of the boat know what they are doing. They controlled the boat well. The lady is very friendly and helpful. Came and ask if we need help to take family photos as she offer to help us..very kind and helpful plp..views are absolutely fantastic and stunning. Below are the pictures I had taken..

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From Kewpie Cruises - One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review and recommending us. Really nice to hear you enjoyed it, we try our best to make sure everyone has a lovely memorable experience.

craiga6 from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2023

boat ride

Great fun short boat ride, lots of information shared by the captain during the experience.

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Eldre Buys from New Zealand wrote on 03 March 2024

Lovely experience!

The staff were amazing and the scenes were just spectacular. A definite must see when coming to the Mount.

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Thanks so much, Eldre! Happy to have had you on board and create a nice memory for you 😊 Amy

shayne69 from New Zealand wrote on 14 November 2022

Average Harbour cruise.

We found directions a bit vague so we rang up a basically told that if we didn't make it by 12:05 they were leaving so that put us under some pressure to find the jetty, try to find a carpark and run to get there. Luck we got there with 2 mins to spare. Mum and daughter got there a bit late and they had only just about to leave and were told too late the boat leaving and only a metre or so from the jetty. The look on their faces of disbelief, I felt gutted inside for them. I can't see why they couldn't of spent 1 minute to let them on, another couple were also shocked by this. The trip was pretty basic and only did a small circut of the Harbour, I expected a bit more really. As a whole this was pretty average.

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Ouch thanks for the scathing review , thats what I get for waiting for people. Im sorry but it clearly says 12pm but I said I'd wait an extra 5 minutes. I know a ferry, bus, plane or ttrain wouldn't be so kind as to give you an extra time. We waited till 12.07pm for the mother and daughter , I can't win as I have people on the boat who are on time and I'll get complaints if I make them wait and then I'm under pressure as I have a schedule. I even offered they can come another not like I wanted to leave them befind. What you don't realize as Im sure you will have never driven a large boat is that when the ropes are off and the wind is blowing you off the wharf its not that simple to tie up again you'll have to do a loop to get back in . It'll add another 5 if not 10 minutes on to the trip. Basic trip REALLY not sure what more you could expect for an hours cruise in a restored iconic old boat maybe I should fit it out with a couple of V8 turbos. Informative commentary along the way, a fur seal at Tangaroas feet which we slowed to look at , close up beauty of Matakana Island , a brief pick up at Matakana , tugs in action, close up look at the ships that were in Port.

manideep from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2024

Beautiful Cruise Ride

Beautiful island views and Tauranga coast views experience.

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From Kewpie Cruises - One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

We are happy that we could offer you a great experience with many beautiful views! Would love to see you again :) Amy

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