Cruise To Half Moon Bay In Auckland | Riverhead Ferry | Fares & Times

Half Moon Bay Private Cruise

A coastal suburb located on the Tamaki Estuary in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, Half Moon Bay is a well-known marina close to Buckland's Beach. Home to an entire community, it offers delicious restaurants and popular bars to enjoy for a day trip or night out. Beat the traffic and take a leisurely private cruise to Half Moon Bay with Riverhead Ferry!


Best for

Long lunches, dinner and drinks, family and friends day out.  


A 1 hour and 30-minute cruise from Z pier, Westhaven Marina. Time is dependent on what day your trip is.


Go ashore and eat at the many bars and restaurants for 2 hours. Total trip is approximately 5 hours. One-way trips are also available.


Please enquire about your private charter to Half Moon Bay. Prices range from $1,450 - $1,720.


Licensed bar, flushing toilet, Eftpos, sound system, indoor and outdoor seating, dance floor.

Boat capacity

The Riverhead Ferry can comfortably fit up to 49 passengers, but we take a maximum of 30 people. Please get in touch if you have more than this.

If you're wanting to do something a little different, or experience the far east of Auckland, Half Moon Bay is a great place to explore. It's a place that's abundant with seaside restaurants of all types of cuisine, making for an awesome day out or fabulous evening with family and friends. Travelling there by boat will allow you to enjoy yourself without the traffic and hassle of driving back to Auckland central.

The Destination


Where is it?

Half Moon Bay is located south of Buckland’s beach on the Tamaki Estuary.

What can I do?

Go ashore and eat at the many bars or restaurants available. 

How do I book?

Please book your reservation with your chosen bar or restaurant. To book your private charter, please get in touch with us.

What are all the food options?

There is a range of cuisines from Indian, Thai, Asian or European that are classified as cheap eats or fine dining. We recommend Grangers Tap House & Kitchen.

How long should I stay?

Perfect for a fun day or evening out!

The Cruise

What you'll see

You will pass the many coastal suburbs of Auckland such as Mission Bay, St Heliers as well as Browns Island, before heading inland to the Tamaki Estuary. 

Drop-off & pick-up

Your pick up location is Z Pier, Westhaven Marina. Find out how to get to us here.

Onboard the ferry.

Enjoy the enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Waitemata harbour and Hauraki Gulf while relaxing on our indoor and outdoor seating in the back and front of the boat. Please wear soft, comfortable, and supportive shoes — no gumboots, penny heels, and work boots. 

Food and drink.

Enjoy the range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as bar snacks available for purchase. Eftpos available!

Terms & conditions

The date and time are still available to others until the refundable deposit or the total amount is paid. Full payment is due 28 days before the date or paid in full if booking within 28 days before your chosen date. All our cruises are designed with your safety and comfort in mind. In the event of unsafe sea and weather conditions, we may have to cancel the charter in the interests of your safety. If we need to cancel your trip due to bad weather, we will re-schedule your cruise for a new date or offer a full refund. A pre-warning will be provided 3 days before your departure time, but our owner & skipper will make a final call on the day. If you need to cancel the charter due to unforeseen circumstances we can reschedule the charter to an alternative date, but it cannot be refunded. To ensure the safety of our guests, if anyone turns up intoxicated and is not fit for travel, the intoxicated guests will be left behind, or the charter will be cancelled with no refund. BYO alcohol is not permitted on the boat as we have a licensed bar on board. If you bring your own alcohol onto Riverhead Ferry we will have to cancel the charter with no refund. No drugs or illicit substances are permitted onboard any of our charters. Riverhead Ferry is not responsible for loss of personal items, or external costs, e.g., accommodation or restaurant bookings. For group charters, increasing the number of passengers is possible but not changing to a lesser number after four weeks before departure.

  • “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.”
    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

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