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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.


Available Bookings from July 23 to July 29

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Joyce Calley from Australia wrote on 19 March 2016

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Auckland harbour

Interesting relaxing day out on the harbour, Riverhead tavern has lots of history and lunch was very good.

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Graham from New Zealand wrote on 26 June 2017

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Trip for locals and tourists

We found the staff friendly and helpful. There was complimentary nibbles and reasonably priced drinks on board. There was a commentary on the way, which was very interesting. The boat ambles its way up the upper harbour to the Riverside Tavern, where we had a very nice dinner, then a pleasant journey back; seeing the lights of Auckland on the way back. As an local we had never seen the upper harbour from the water, so highly recommend this trip.

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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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Theresa Fourie from New Zealand wrote on 28 January 2017

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Lovely boat trip

Definately recommend this trip to see the Upper Harbour area from the water

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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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