Escape for a day to beautiful Kawau Island, home to a pristine wildlife reserve surrounded by the calm clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
Kawau Island Super Cruise takes you from Sandspit, just a short drive North of Auckland city, to follow the Royal Mail delivery route around Kawau - the longest mail run by watercraft in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is the perfect way to take in the Island's many stunning bays and gain insight into what life is like for the 70 or so permanent residents who call the road-less Island home. Learn about the history of the Island and take in amazing views while your experienced skipper points out significant landmarks and sights of interest.
Watch Gannets and other seabirds on the hunt for their lunch. Don't forget to keep a close eye out for Dolphins, Penguins and other interesting sea creatures that might show up for a visit.
Arriving ashore at Mansion House Bay there is plenty of time to explore your beautiful surroundings. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy, visit the historic Mansion House and stroll through the stunning subtropical gardens alive with native birds such as Tui, Kereru and the cheeky Weka. Proud Peacocks and shy Wallabies call the gardens their home so keep your camera on hand to catch a unique photo opportunity.
Enjoy the numerous walking tracks that beckon you to beautiful beaches. Along the way, discover and explore ancient Maori Pa sites and the ruins of a seashore copper mine once worked by early settlers. Pack your swimwear and some snorkeling gear in summer to explore the crystal clear waters teeming with marine life.
Return Cruise Price:
Please note: The Department of Conservation charges a small fee on the day for entry to the historic Mansion House ($4 adults, $2 Children, Under 5s free)
Departs Sandspit Wharf 10:30 am daily - Returns from Mansion House 2pm
(return trip also available at 4:30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from December 26th until February 28th)
Sandspit Wharf is located approximately 50 minutes drive north of Auckland, via Warkworth. (Or 2 hours drive South from Whangarei)
What to bring:
For an extra $27 per adult and $16 per child you can enjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ cooked and served while we cruise.
Packing a picnic to enjoy on the reserve is a great idea; there are plenty of picnic tables at strategic points throughout the reserve and a free gas BBQ available in Mansion House Bay.
The Mansion House Cafe
The Mansion House Café is open on the island at weekends and most days during the summer season for brunch and lunches.
Important Legal Obligations:
Non-compliance with these rules of the reserve could lead to prosecution
Important: Please arrive 45min prior to sailing at the ticketing office, to allow for ticket processing & arrange parking.
Prices are for a return ticket
All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)