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The Riverhead Tavern Cruise

Take this historical ferry journey up Auckland's Upper Harbour to the Riverhead, New Zealand's oldest riverside tavern. Book your Riverhead Tavern Cruise and your desired venue at the same time! For private charters, please check availability here.


Choose your preferred date

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Best for

Everyone! But a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, work parties, hens and stags do, family day trips, long lunches, or just dinner and drinks.


1.5 hours on the boat each way, and 2.5 hours at the Riverhead bar or restaurant. The total return trip is 5.5 hours. If the date and time you are wanting is not showing, please get in touch with us and we can check if it's available.


This return trip is tide-dependant. Click book now to see what times and dates are available. Pick up and drop off is Z Pier, Westhaven Marina.


$43 NZD per adult return, $35 NZD senior return, $22 NZD child return, under 5s free. Private charter price ranges between $1290 - $1,720 NZD


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.

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A Place with Rich History

The sheltered waterways of the upper Waitemata Harbour will take you back to another era when you arrive at the Riverhead. For over 150 years, it has seen people come and go and holds many stories within its walls. The à La Carté Restaurant is connected to an outside deck surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees overlooking the river, while the classic kiwi neighbourhood bar makes a wonderful place to unwind with a cold beer and a game of pool. On your journey back you will see the beauty of Auckland's captivating city and Harbour Bridge.

  • “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Riverhead Tavern Boat House

Spend your Sunday at The Boat House

Sunday Live at The Boat House is filled with live music and stunning surroundings, located right on the river at the Riverhead Tavern. Every weekend fun (and sun) loving crowds flock here weekend after weekend. To make your day even more memorable, take a return cruise there with us.



The Cruise


What you'll see

You’ll cruise the route of the early settlers, leaving the city behind as you slide under the Auckland Harbour Bridge, cruise past the Chelsea Sugar Factory, and leave Herald Island to port venturing up the sheltered waterways to the top of the harbour.

Food & Drink

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

Drop off & Pickup

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 scenery 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.

Safety Onboard

Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your journey is smooth sailing please make sure you; use handrails when moving around the vessel, remove luggage/bags from seats and aisles, ensure you listen to safety announcements on departure, familiarise yourself with the location of the life jackets on your particular vessel, climbing, jumping or running on board the vessel is not permitted at any time, and do not stand on seats or sit on railings.

Refunds & Cancellations

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 your cruise for a new date or offer a full refund. If for any reason you cannot make this trip, you will receive a refund minus a $3 booking/admin fee per person only if you give more than 48hrs notice (28 days for Christmas Cruises). For private charters, the date and time you've requested are still available to others until the deposit or the total amount is paid. Your booking is confirmed when we receive the deposit amount. A refundable deposit is required for up to 28 days before departure. Full payment is due 28 days before the date or paid in full if booking within 28 days before your chosen date. Once full payment has been made, it will not be refunded if the charter is cancelled. If you need to cancel the charter due to unforeseen circumstances we can reschedule the charter to an alternative date.

Terms & Conditions

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. If while you are on board and anyone participates in inappropriate or disorderly behaviour, the charter will be cancelled and we will return back to the marina. BYO alcohol is not permitted on the boat as we have a licensed bar on board. Drinking in the Westhaven Marina car park before and/or after the charter will not be tolerated. 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. If any of the previously specified behaviour is seen during the charter, or any damages are made to the boat due to drunk or disorderly behaviour, Riverhead Ferry holds the right to charge $500 as a bond. 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.

The Destination

Where is it?

The historical Riverhead Tavern is nestled on the edge of the upper Waitemata Harbour. They are on the corner of Queen and York Street, Riverhead. It's 1.5 hours to get there with The Riverhead Ferry.

How long should I stay?

The cruise makes a perfect day return trip (5.5 hours), but you can also choose to cruise with us one-way and organise your own return transport. 

What are the food options?

See the delicious menus at each of the venues at the Riverhead: The Portage Bar, The Landing Restaurant, or The Boat House.

How do I book?

Click here to book a scheduled shared cruise. This allows you to select your sail date and your venue of choice in one transaction. Please get in touch with us directly for private cruises to the Riverhead. If the date and time you are wanting is not showing, please get in touch with us by emailing info@riverheadferry.co.nz and we can check if it's available.

What can I do?

Go ashore and enjoy a meal and a few drinks at The Portage Bar, Landing Restaurant, or The Boat House on Sunday afternoons. These can be chosen when booking your cruise with us. Private events at The Boat House need to be organised with the Riverhead Tavern prior.

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