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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.


  • 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: If conditions allow, there is the possibility of visiting the island of Matakana where you can explore secluded islands and take a dip in the crystal clear waters. The professional KEWPIE crew can pick you up for the return journey on the next tour. Please note this service is only possible for earlier trips at 11am or 12pm and is based solely on skippers discretion, subject to wind and weather. It is not part of the cruise, but is only an option if possible.

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 (12 - 16 years old)
Child $0.00 (1x per adult)
Additional Child $5.00 (Under 12 years old)

What's included

  • Optional Matakana Island hop on / off service


  • Departure: Pilot Wharf, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga (base of the mountain).

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Please Note:

    Children under 12 years old: Free Entry

    Condition for Child Pricing: One child under 12 free per direct family member (per adult).

    Extra Children: $5.00 per child.

    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: Please note we only drop off passengers at this location when conditions allow and logistics allow. Island drop off is at skippers discretion subject to wind, weather, and bookings and is only possible on one of the earlier trips at either 11am or 12pm. It is not part of the cruise but only an option if possible.

Available Bookings from March 02 to March 08

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  • Adult$24.00
  • Youth$15.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$15.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$15.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Additional Child$5.00

  • Adult$30.00
  • Youth$15.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Additional Child$5.00

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Lisa Traill from New Zealand wrote on 07 February 2020

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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Tom and crew were very knowledgeable and interesting. We will be back thx for making our NZ day memorable ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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shona from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2020

It's a MUST DO.


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leneg from New Zealand wrote on 06 January 2020

Lovely outing

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

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Renay Berling from New Zealand wrote on 25 January 2021

Disappointing cruise

I went on the cruise yesterday as I was visiting Tauranga with my 2 son's from Auckland .we spent more time circling and waiting just outside the harbor as other bigger vessels we passing by..The Kewpie only went as far as the little white beach to pick up passengers.I spent over 70$ for 3 adults and it wasn't worth it...not sure i will be using them again. A few yrs ago I went on the same cruise and we went much further..more enjoyable and informative then...

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Trina Biddles from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2021

Tour of mount and pilot bay.

It was very nice but thought it might of gone under the harbour bridge so we could of seen the strand. A little expensive but under the current situation maybe prices should be lower to encourage people to use this experience. But on the whole a nice enjoyable hour.

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