Waiheke Island • Riverhead Ferry
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Waiheke Island Cruise

Take a private cruise to an island paradise full of world-class vineyards, pristine beaches, dramatic landscapes, art, and outdoor activities.

Best for

Beach trips, day parties, weddings, hens & stag dos, vineyards, shopping, culture, family day trips.


1 hour 30 minutes on the boat each way, and spend 4 hours on the island. Total trip is 7 hours.


Depart Z Pier at 10am, returning from Auckland from Matiatia Wharf at 3.30pm. Arrive home approximately 5pm.


The price depends on numbers and requirements. Enquire to book! Private charters only.


Licensed bar, flushing toilet, eftpos, AUX sound system, indoor and outdoor seating.

Boat capacity

The Riverhead Ferry can comfortably fit 49 passengers.

Waiheke Island offers 92kms of beautiful beaches, picturesque coast walks along clifftops, famous vineyards, seaside suburbs, and many cultural activities. Waiheke has been rated one of the top island escapes in the world and is considered Auckland's best day out. There is something for everyone in this Hauraki Gulf jewel.

The Destination


Where is it?

Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is 17.7km from downtown Auckland to the port of Matiatia at the western end of the island.

What can I do?

Vineyards with world-class wine and food, shopping, beaches and walking tracks.

How do I get around?

Hire a car, get on the Hop-on Hop-off bus which meets Matiatia Wharf every 30 minutes during summer, catch a bus, or we can organise you a shuttle/taxi at your expense.

What do I need?

Sun protection, light rain jacket, good walking shoes, swimming gear, water bottle. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to have lunch at, or stock up if you are going on a hike.

How long should I stay?

Makes a perfect day trip, but you can also stay in the many beautiful accommodation options.

The Cruise

What you'll see

You'll cruise past Auckland's coastlines, as well as other islands in the Hauraki Gulf - Motutapu, Rangitoto, Motuihe, and Browns Island.

Drop-off & pick-up

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

Onboard the ferry

Play your own music using our AUX sound system, while you watch the beautiful Hauraki Gulf sail past you. You'll have access to seating in the back and front of the boat, with comfortable indoor couches available to relax too.

Food & Drink

Enjoy the range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from our licensed bar, as well as bar snacks available for purchase. Self-catering for food required. We recommend the Cater Station, or bring your own food to grill on our Weber BBQ. BYO food is free of charge. Eftpos available!

Refunds & Cancellations

A non-refundable deposit is required upon booking date for private charters. Full payment is required one week before departure and will not be refunded if you cancel your charter after full payment has been made. If you need to cancel the charter due to unforeseen circumstances we can reschedule the charter to an alternative date. All our cruises are designed with your safety and comfort in mind. In the event of bad weather, 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, or offer a full refund. In the event of another lockdown or for any questions around vaccination policies, please refer to our COVID-19 policy.

Terms & Conditions

To ensure the safety of our guests, please listen to the safety announcements made by our skipper before departure. 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 onboard. 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 on board any of our charters. However, we do love to have a good time, so make sure you dance and drink the day or night away!

Biosecurity Information

The Riverhead Ferry holds a "Pest-Free Warrant" so we can visit the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, which means we have a biosecurity system.

Te Korowai o Waiheke (Towards Predator Free Waiheke) is an organisation working towards making Waiheke the world's first urban predator-free island, so it's imperative we help keep the endangered species that live on Waiheke Island safe.

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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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  • “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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