Public Scenic Harbour Cruise • Riverhead Ferry

Scenic Harbour Cruise

Experience and see Auckland from a different perspective with our public scenic harbour cruise. For 1.5 hours you'll soak up the wonders of Auckland city, including the Sky Tower, Harbour Bridge, and sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour.

Best for

Seeing Auckland city from the water, experiencing the Harbour Bridge up close.


1.5 hours total.


Pick up Z Pier, Westhaven Marina. Pick-up time dependant. Both daytime and evening twilight cruises available.


$40 adult. $25 child (under 5's free). Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $110. Private charters also available.


Licensed bar, flushing toilet, eftpos, AUX sound system, indoor and outdoor seating. Please wear soft, comfortable, and supportive shoes — no gumboots, penny heels, and work boots. 

Boat capacity

The Riverhead Ferry can comfortably fit 49 passengers.

Waitemata Harbour (Auckland Harbour) means "sparkling waters" in Maori, and for good reason. A shared scenic harbour cruise is the perfect way to experience the wonders of these waters and Auckland's iconic landmarks if you have a tight itinerary or budget.

The Cruise

What you'll see

Sail under the Harbour Bridge, take in the views of the Sky Tower, North Head and Bean Rock Lighthouse, and see the volcanic island of Rangitoto. Other landmarks you might see include Devenport Naval Base, Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Auckland's viaduct.

Drop-off & pick-up

Z Pier, Westhaven Marina. Other pick up and drop off points (upon arrangement) include Bayswater Marina. Find out how to get to us here.

Onboard the ferry

Enjoy the enjoy the beautiful harbour scenery 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!

Refunds and cancellations

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. Full payment to be made upon booking your shared ferry ride on our website.  For any private charters please get in touch. Please know that if there is not enough people on board for the day you have chosen we may have to reschedule or offer a full refund.

  • “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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