Private Island Cruises • Riverhead Ferry

Island Transfers & Cruises

Book a private day cruise with The Riverhead Ferry to an island in the Hauraki Gulf. It's a great opportunity to see some of Auckland's hidden gems! We also offer return island transfers for school groups, or large groups staying overnight on an island.


Explore the Hauraki Gulf with Riverhead Ferry

This full island day trip can be tailored to suit your requirements. It's perfect for birthday celebrations, engagement parties, hens or stags dos, family get-togethers, spreading the ashes of your loved ones, or company functions. We also do return island transfers for island stays.

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Biosecurity Information

We follow and support the biosecurity requirements set out by the Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation. Before travelling into the Hauraki Gulf with us, please ensure your gear is clean and pest-free. For more information on how to check your gear, click here.

Over time, The Hauraki Gulf has been compromised by pollution and fishing. There are many pest-free islands that are home to protected species, so to help keep the Hauraki Gulf clean and safe for all species, we ask you to follow our biosecurity instructions. Watch the video here.

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  • Look out for cleaning stations

    Look out for cleaning stations at your departure or arrival pier to clean your gear and footwear.

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  • Check your overnight gear

    Any overnight gear e.g. sleeping bags must be checked for pest stowaways.

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  • Check your lunch

    Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/sealed container if you bring it onboard.

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  • Check your bags

    Check your bags for stowaways - rats, mice, argentine ants, or rainbow skinks.

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  • Check your footwear

    Ensure your footwear, clothing, and bags are clean from soil and seeds.

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Pest-free Operator Approved

  • “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