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Kewpie Cruises - 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.

    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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    Lisa Traill from New Zealand wrote on 07 February 2020

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    Would go again!

    What a brilliant cruise, we made a day of it by getting off on Matakana Island. What a beautiful place and the beach is paradise! If u walk far enough u have the beach to yourself 👍👍. Tom and crew were very knowledgeable and interesting. We will be back thx for making our NZ day memorable 😊😊😊

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    shona from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2020

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    It's a MUST DO.

    ***

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    Lene from New Zealand wrote on 06 January 2020

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    Lovely outing

    Lovely morning outing. Very informative. Well stocked on drinks if needed. My kids an I loved it.

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    Jaber from Saudi Arabia wrote on 16 December 2019

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    Don’t think twice, just DO it

    Such an amazing activity to do: affordable price, great service, super super friendly staff and beautiful views. Highly recommended A+++++++++

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    From Kewpie Cruises - One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

    Wow thank you Your topping this months lovely review. So happy to hear we have happy customers. The crew really do try and often we go out of our way to accomodate people. It’s nice to have such a beautiful response thanks again so much Have a great NY

    Julie Baptista from United Kingdom wrote on 14 March 2020

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    Great

    Interesting commentary and knowledgeable crew. Interesting to spend time on Matakana Island. All in all a good trip. Well worth the money.

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