Cruising in the City of Sails

No visit to the Auckland region is complete without stepping foot on a boat and enjoying what the City of Sails is famous for – cruising on the wild blue!

One of the great things about Auckland is your ability to step onto a boat and quickly leave the city behind for a small piece of pacific paradise, cruising on one of the regions many fantastic waterways.

Here is a quick look at some of the fantastic Auckland Cruise options available

Kawau Island Cruise

Departing from Sandspit just 45 minutes scenic drive north of Auckland city there is a fantastic cruise to visit the pristine wildlife reserve of Kawau Island. Taking you on a full scenic cruise around the island gives an opportunity to take in the sites as well as learn about the rich history of the area and gain perspective on modern island life for the near 70 permanent residents that call Kawau home.

Keep an eye out for dolphins, penguins and various other sea birds that hunt the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

Docking at Mansion House bay there is plenty of time to explore the island before a return cruise. There are plenty of walking tracks taking you through spectacular native bush teaming with birdlife. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at the mansion house café. Take your snorkeling gear to explore the clear waters surrounding the island or even a fishing rod to try and catch a snapper for dinner.

Waiheke Island

Departing from downtown Auckland it is easy to step aboard a boat to Waiheke – just a 40minute cruise and you are a world away from city life in a food and wine lovers paradise. Tour the vineyards, enjoy a meal at one of the Islands many fine dining establishments or just enjoy some beach time with a picnic lunch and a swim. An easy getaway and an epic day out!

Riverhead Cruise

For a great ‘of the beaten track’ experience check out the Riverhead Pub Cruise – a fantastic boat journey from downtown Auckland to the historic riverhead pub in the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour.  With fantastic dining options at the Riverhead pub and a cash bar onboard your cruise this is the perfect way to take in some stunning scenery, learn a little bit about the region's history and relax.

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