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Kawau Island Super Cruise - Royal Mail Run Return Cruise

Escape for a day to beautiful Kawau Island on a stunning scenic cruise and discover a pristine wildlife reserve surrounded by the calm clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf...

Highlights

  • Take in spectacular views Kawau Island's Bays from a unique perspective
  • Spot main landmarks and learn all about the Island's history from your skipper
  • Look out for dolphins, penguins and other interesting sea creatures
  • Visit the Mansion House and explore the surrounding gardens and walking tracks
  • Discover fascinating local cultural and historic sites
  • A fantastic idea for all ages!

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.


Adult $88.00
Child $44.00

Location

  • Departs Sandspit Wharf 10:30 am daily - Returns from Mansion House 2pm. Sandspit Wharf is located approximately 50 minutes drive north of Auckland, via Warkworth. (Or 2 hours drive South from Whangarei).

Notes

  • 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) Please check with Department of Conservation for opening hours of the Museum and track maintenance www.doc.govt.nz or phone (09) 422 8882 (We have 2 tracks closed at the moment but tracks to Lookout, Coppermine, School House bay and Lady's bay are open).
  • Child Age 5 - 15 years. Infant 0 - 4 years are free of charge.

    Prices are for a return ticket.

    Onboard BBQ: For an extra $27 per adult and $16 per child you can enjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ cooked and served while we cruise.

    Picnicking: 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 ***Closed May through to October ***

    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:

  • The reserve has no rubbish disposal facilities so you will need to take all rubbish you bring onto the island back with you
  • To protect the unique wildlife on Kawau Island there are strictly no Dogs or animals of any kind allowed
  • Fire Ban - the lighting of fires is prohibited on the island
  • No Camping in the reserve
  • No removing or disturbing artifacts or other historical remains
  • Non-compliance with these rules of the reserve could lead to prosecution

Available Bookings from August 11 to August 17

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$70.00
  • Child$44.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$44.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$44.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$44.00
  • Child$44.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$58.00
  • Child$44.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$88.00
  • Child$44.00

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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Judy from New Zealand wrote on 20 July 2020

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Prefect winter adventure

Took the city kids to the sea and an adventure on an island . Great day out

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Haylee from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

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Not the boats fault

I cannot fault the boat company at all. But I can fault DOC. We turn up at the island to the museum being closed, the cafe closed, and no way to use the two bbqs there. The electric one was disconnected and the gas one had no bottle attached. We walked around all day with uncooked meat in our bag. Lucky we packed chips so had sandwiches instead. Really let down by that. The boat offers a bbq lunch but as we read there were bbqs on the island we didnt take advantage of this but wish we did. I've rated the experience great as it was nothing the provider could have done the issues are with DOC which was highly disappointing. Make sure you get your facts sorted before you go or you could end up like us. Would of booked the onboard lunch if we knew. Hindsight!

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Pascal from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2020

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Great day trip to explore Kawau

Very interesting and comfortable ride in the mail ferry. Make sure to book the bbq lunch and do one of the trails.

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Zakal Shah from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2020

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Not as promised

Island itself is good, but the cruise ride was promised to be a a proper cruise with tea/cofee on board not a small ferry for luggage drop offs.

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Eugene from New Zealand wrote on 17 July 2020

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Excellent trip

The trip out to Kawau Island was informative and we were made to feel very welcome. I will definitely recommend the Mail Run Cruise to anybody who enjoys a day out.

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