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Darryl's Dinner Cruise Paihia

The ultimate in kiwi hospitality. Join Darryl and his crew for an extra special dinner cruise in the pristine Bay If Islands.

Step aboard the custom made Ratanui for an extra special dinner cruise in the stunning Bay Of Islands.

Departing from Paihia, the 2.5hr cruise sets off on the bay towards Waitangi, the birthplace of the nation. Savour the selection of breads and dips accompanied by prawns and muscles served to you as you cruise along the river.

As you journey up the estuary of the Waitangi River, enjoy a beverage from the boats fully licensed bar, taking in the scenery and wildlife such as the shag's perching in the mangroves.

As you approach Haruru Falls, you will be captivated by the breathtaking horseshoe shaped waterfall which will be the setting for your delicious meal.

Choose from the following mouth watering meals:

  • BBQ T-Bone Steak - Seasoned with garlic and chef's own steak spice, cooked to your preference.
  • Steamed NZ Fish- Steamed fish lightly seasoned and served with greek yoghurt, ginger and garlic.
  • New Zealand Lamb - Lightly seasoned Tuscan style.
  • Vegetarian meals available on request
  • All dishes are served with locally grown gourmet potatoes, kumera or peru peru and freshly made salads.

    As Darryl himself puts it 'We like to keep it kiwi, we want to have fun first, that's most important, we like to have an introduction first to get people mingling and talking and that's what New Zealand's all about'.

    So for the ultimate in kiwi hospitality, join Darryl on his extra special dinner cruise set in tranquil scenery, abundant wildlife and historical significance.


    Minimum numbers apply

    Adult $109.00
    Child $42.00


    • Marsden Rd, Pahia, Bay of Islands


    • Departure: Approximately 5:30 pm from Paihia Wharf, Marsden Rd, Pahia, Bay of Islands. Exact times confirmed on booking depending on tides
    • Children under 5 are free

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    Sara Williscroft from New Zealand wrote on 19 February 2020

    Valentines Day Cruise

    Awesome crew, really great local knowledge and the boat is beautiful and relaxed! Ice breaker may not be for everyone but it certainly got a lot of people talking. Sociable more than romantic but we had a great time - thanks!

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    garys6 from New Zealand wrote on 01 January 2020

    Daryl's dinner cruise

    Great dinner cruise, nice easy sail down the Waitangi river. Food was excellent choice of steak, lamb or fish. Byo (hide in your bag) or licensed. Would recommend for adults and children. Captain is a hoot and you can all introduce yourselves to get to know every one. Great fun!

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    From Darryl's Dinner Cruise Paihia

    Hi Gary, Thanks so much for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed our cruise! We do have a BYO licence for wine so no need to hide it in your bag next time :) We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in the Bay of Islands and that we see you on board again sometime. Happy new Year from the team at Darryl's Dinner Cruise.

    Nyasha Zinhu from New Zealand wrote on 15 March 2019

    Fantastic experience

    Thoroughly enjoyed our evening as couples, great service and great food. Shaun was just awesome, kept everyone entertained. Really had a great night, would highly recommend.

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    Margaret Jeffs from New Zealand wrote on 05 March 2019

    Valentines Dinner Delight

    We had a wonderful time on board Daryl's Dinner Cruise. The crew made us all welcome as we all introduced ourselves, our meal was delicious and cooked as requested.It was great viewing the falls from the water and the crew spent time taking photos of those who wanted them.The night came to an end as we disembarked and were offered a delicious icecream that was very enjoyable on the balmy evening.

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    Steve Thompson from Australia wrote on 03 March 2019

    Great night

    A definite highlight of our trip to Bay of Islands. Great food and great experience and a lot of fun to boot.

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    From Darryl's Dinner Cruise Paihia

    Hi Steve, Thanks so much for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! Many thanks, Kind regards Shelley


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