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Charter Boat Cruises in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf

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Riverhead Ferry is Auckland's best private and shared charter boat company!

We are passionate about providing you with a unique and genuine Auckland boat charter experience. Our historic 45ft boat has been taking large groups of people up to the uncharted waterways of The Riverhead, and to the islands of the gulf for over 15 years.

We offer New Year cruises from Auckland, a New Zealand river cruise up to the Riverhead Tavern, as well as charter boat experiences for a corporate cruise Auckland, birthday parties, weddings, harbour cruises, family outings, or any reason to party and celebrate on the water!

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Riverhead Ferry Party Boat Cruise

Private Party Boat Cruise

Book one of our incredible Auckland private boat charters and celebrate any occasion surrounded by the beautiful Hauraki Gulf! Bring your friends and family, your own catering free of charge, and make the Riverhead Ferry your party venue.

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The Riverhead Tavern Cruise

Introducing one of New Zealand's top river cruises. Cruise inland as far as possible to the historically unchartered waterways of The Riverhead, New Zealand's oldest riverside tavern. Private charters are also available.

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Hobsonville Point Cruise

Cruise right under the Harbour Bridge to this beautiful peninsula filled with bars and restaurants, walkways, and home to Auckland's Catalina Bay Farmers Market. We offer private or public charters to Hobsonville Point so you can eat, drink, explore and soak in the incredible views of Auckland's Harbour. Perfect for a special occasion, or a day and night out with family and friends!

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Island Transfers & Cruises

Book a private charter with The Riverhead Ferry to an island in the Hauraki Gulf. We also offer return island transfers for school groups, or large groups staying overnight on an island.

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Boat Charters in Auckland

At Riverhead Ferry, we are dedicated to providing you with memorable boat charters exploring the waterways of Auckland's spectacular harbour. On our original and traditional motor vessel, you will experience New Zealand history, unique scenery, witness the wonders of nature, and enjoy some of the most innovative and delicious cuisines Auckland city has to offer.

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  • “Went out yesterday (our second trip) with Holger and Hannah to watch the Prada Cup racing. Once again fantastic and friendly; an entertaining day out. They both go out of their way to ensure you are well looked after. I have also been on the Riverhead pub trip and again have nothing but praise for these guys. Highly recommend this trip and these great people. They really add something special to a great day out, 10/10.”
    Fantastic
    Keith W
  • “Wow, what a perfect day. Captain Holger and Mate Harry offer the experience of a lifetime. The classic vessel is in tip-top shape and is beautiful. Capt. Holger is knowledgeable, charming and engaging. Harry was our helmsman and maneuvered the vessel like he has been doing this all his life. The scenery and weather helped in making our voyage memorable. The topography and landscape of the secluded coves and beaches are beautiful beyond words. Wow - the only superlative I can think of. Thank you Captain for giving my family a wonderful adventure and one of the best experiences during our visit to New Zealand.”
    Wow – A Perfect Day
    Anne D
  • “What a great day out. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the boat ride so much, but it was a real highlight. If you’ve never been up the harbour to Riverhead you really must. So beautiful meandering up there, and also getting a different perspective of the CBD was good! The boat was delightful and the captain very welcoming. Highly recommend as a must-do.”
    Best Day Out in Auckland
    Michelle Behrens
  • The communication from Riverhead Ferry was excellent - confirming booking and keeping us up to date. We were greeted by the Captain who is a very friendly, very knowledgeable and very capable driver. He went around all his passengers making sure we were all happy. Other boats can be so crowded with no shelter - Riverhead Ferry offered inside and outside seating with shelter from the sun. 5 STARS – Thank you for a very memorable day.
    Fantastic, Friendly, and Extremely Enjoyable
    Lisa
  • Highly recommend. Fantastic service and commentary. Well stocked bar and the potato chips were a nice treat. Thank you for a wonderful day.
    Great Family/Group Day Out
    Erica G
  • We had a fantastic trip to the Riverhead Tavern with friends yesterday. Great commentary and humour from Captain Holger and professional, caring crew Zoe. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting a great day out on the water.
    Great Experience
    Lyn
  • Holger, the captain, is a legend! We had such a great afternoon sailing up to the Riverhead Tavern. The weather wasn’t fully on our side but luckily most of the boat is under cover. You can play your own music and buy drinks from the bar on board! 10/10 would recommend, such a fun activity with a group of friends.
    Such a Fun Activity with Friends
    Millie Johnson
  • Amazing experience with wonderful attentive staff! The views on both the journey there and back were beautiful and the staff bent over backwards to assist us, including dimming the lights and putting on fairy lights for the night cruise back and also allowing us to play our own music through the speakers. We couldn’t have had a more perfect evening, thank you very much. 
    The Best Experience
    Catherine Smyth
  • We privately booked the Riverhead Ferry up to the Riverhead Tavern on Saturday with 40 of our friends for an early Christmas get together and it was incredible — such a fun day/evening out! On the way home on the boat, the sun was going down, the fairy lights came on, and we cruised under the harbour bridge that had a light show! 100% recommend privately hiring the Riverhead Ferry for a party, its epic!
    Epic for Groups of Friends!
    Lauren Baker
  • We had a fantastic trip last Thursday. Awesome friendly crew and a super relaxing boat trip. We all loved it. I cannot wait to do it all again with hubby & the kids.
    What a Fantastic Trip!
    Sarah Price

Our promise

The Riverhead Ferry crew are highly skilled and committed. For more than 15 years we have been taking large groups of people up to the The Riverhead Tavern and for boat charters around the Hauraki Gulf. At Riverhead Ferry, we aim to satisfy your expectations in terms of service and quality, and will continue to provide comfortable and memorable New Zealand charter boat cruises in Auckland's much-loved waterways for people of all ages.

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