Auckland: Scenic Boat Cruise to the Riverhead Tavern

Auckland: Scenic Boat Cruise to the Riverhead Tavern

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Take a day trip to The Riverhead, an iconic tavern. Cruise through the upper Waitematā Harbour, stop for a delicious lunch, and marvel at the river views. Enjoy full commentary throughout the cruise, and stay refreshed at the licensed bar onboard.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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  • Take a scenic cruise to The Riverhead, an award-winning, historic tavern
  • Cruise under Auckland’s Harbour Bridge
  • Admire the scenery as you pass the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Kauri Point, and more
  • Relish a meal and drinks at The Riverhead
  • Benefit from full commentary throughout the cruise and a licensed bar onboard
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Depart from Westhaven Marina, Auckland, and leave the city behind as you cruise into the sheltered, untouched waters of the upper Waitematā Harbour. Pass under Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, then cruise past the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Kauri Point, and Herald Island into the Upper Harbour estuary. As you go, enjoy the informative onboard commentary and a few drinks from the bar (at your own expense). Next, continue on past Riverlea, Brigham’s Creek, and Harkins Point. After 1.5 hours of cruising, arrive at The Riverhead, an award-winning, historic tavern. There, head ashore and savor a fantastic meal and drinks (at your own expense) in one of the oldest and most prestigious riverside taverns in New Zealand. After a couple of hours of fine dining and waterside scenery, hop aboard the vessel again. Soak up the spectacular scenery of Auckland’s Upper Harbour as you head back to the city.
  • Return boat cruise
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The boat departs from Pier Z of the Westhaven Marina. There is a pay and display parking lot where you can leave your car. Look for a red and white boat. Please arrive for boarding 15 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You will climb 55 steps to reach The Riverhead
  • Bookings are essential at The Riverhead if you wish to enjoy a meal
  • Sailings are tidal and subject to change
  • A minimum of 15 passengers is required for the cruise to depart
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Fantastic boat trip with great commentary on the way up the to riverhead. Would highly recommend

May 9, 2021

May 17, 2021

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