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Kewpie Cruises - Scheduled One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

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: Why not make a day of it and discover the island of Matakana with our convenient hop on / hop off service? Enjoy the secluded islands white sandy beaches and take a dip in the calm crystal clear waters. The professional KEWPIE crew can pick you up for the return journey on the next tour.

    We recommend if you want an island stop off to take one of the first two sailings of the day (11am and 12pm). It’s the skippers call on access to the island dependant on current weather conditions and predicted afternoon forecasts. The skipper will advise you of the last pick up of the day.

     

    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 $30.00
    Youth $15.00

    What's included

    • Optional Matakana Island hop on / off service

    Child Friendly

    • This experience welcomes families with children.

    Notes

    • 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. This is an isolated beach with basic toilet facilities. We only drop off passengers at this location when conditions allow and logistics allow. Please consult the skipper and crew when you arrive to confirm if this is an option on the day. It is not part of the cruise but only an option.

    • Children under 12 years – FREE of charge - tickets can be added as you proceed through the checkout. If your experience is canceled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

    Available Bookings from November 01 to November 07

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Fri 1 Nov
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    Thu 7 Nov

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$20.00
    • Youth$15.00

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    • Adult$15.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$30.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$18.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$26.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$26.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$30.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$30.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$30.00
    • Youth$15.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$30.00
    • Youth$15.00

    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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    Matyas from Australia wrote on 24 March 2017

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    Awesome little cruise

    My family and I really enjoyed the Kewpie cruise! Great Views of the Mount and Harbour!

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    Hi Matyas, Thank you so much for your review, what wonderful pictures you took of the Tauranga haurbor, looks like you and your family choose the perfect day to be out at sea. Next time be sure to check out Matakana island and rember kids under 12 are FREE

    Emma from New Zealand wrote on 17 March 2017

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    Great trip with young family!

    The crew of Kewpie couldn't be nicer. They are genuine good people and nothing was too much trouble. From helping us haul our buggy on board, to knowledgeably pointing out places of interest in the harbour. We got off at Matakana Island for an hour which was tranquil and relaxing (if I was doing it again I would take some insect repellent). We were a young family with a 3 and 6 month old. A great trip to do for all the family.

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    Hi Emma, Thanks for leaving a review and mentioning how helpful and knowledgeable the crew were on board while you experianced what Kewpie Cruises has to offer, this is truly great for people of all ages and am pleased that even with your young ones you got to enjoy the experiance without hassle, the photo really shows you enjoyed your day, we hope to see you back on the kewpie again.

    Dave Jackson from Australia wrote on 23 February 2018

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    A good time was had by all.

    Great time on water worth every cent.

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    Kitty from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2017

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    Kewpie Cruises, Tauranga

    Spent a scenic hour cruising round the island and harbour.

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    HI Kitty Thank you for the review. And the photos. If your back this way you could take an hour and stop of on the island...its beautiful

    Michelle Judkins from New Zealand wrote on 24 October 2016

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    Scencery

    Was what we expected and special price was a key factor.

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    Yes the NZ navy was in that day!!! Thanks for sharing the cruise with us.

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