Christmas Cruises to The Riverhead

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Riverhead Christmas Cruises 2020
13th of November – 25th December

Ho ho ho… it’s that time of year again to start planning the best days and nights of the year, your Christmas Party.

And here at The Red boats, we have the perfect Christmas party cruise for your Christmas Function.
Take a cruise from downtown Auckland, soak up the scenery and enjoy our complimentary nibbles, music and a few drinks, while cruising into the far reaches of the upper harbour to that famous west Auckland icon, The Riverhead – historic tavern. Once at Riverhead, head ashore and experience The Riverhead’s newly renovated Boathouse, to enjoy fantastic river views, live music, (Fri & Sat only) and an up market Christmas buffet, before returning to Auckland by Boat our Private Charter Coach

Our Christmas cruises to The Riverhead are great for all groups large or small and can be done as a shared party option for smaller groups, or for larger groups we have exclusive hire options available. Our shared party option is excellent value for money and the best fun you can have on the harbour. Our private Christmas party option is even better, with a host of delicious menus, & entertainment options available. All our Xmas Cruises to Riverhead are our Bus & Boat option, 1 way by Boat and 1 way by Bus depending on tides. A minimum of 40 Passengers is required for exclusive hire and we can transport up to 200 Guests. For groups less than 40 our shared Christmas Party option is recommended.
Please note our Christmas Cruises to Riverhead Thurs, Fri & Sat, is our Bus and Boat option only!

Check out the Options at Riverhead

Cruise details

Please Note: A Minimum boat charge applies for Private functions under 40 Passengers. We can transport up to 200 Passengers for Private Charters.

Exclusive Hire Min charge: $1700.00 for up to 40 passengers including Bus transport.

Price Per head: Over 40 Passengers $48.00 per person including Bus transport (Thurs - Sat)

$38.00 pp Boat return on all other days.

Passenger Numbers: 60 Passengers Max or we have a 2nd Vessel for up to 80 Passengers (140 Combined) if required.

Bus & Boat Option:

Our Riverhead trips over the Christmas Season are Bus and Boat return Thurs, Fri & Sat. This means 1 way by bus and 1 way by boat depending on the tides. All other days are return by boat unless requsted otherwise.
Don't have enough people to hire the Boat? Then check out our shared boat option.

When using this option you will be sharing the boat with other groups and Passengers.

Price per head: $48.00pp (Includes Bus & Boat Thurs - Sat) $38pp Boat Return on all other days.

Passenger Numbers: 60 Passengers Max on board

Passenger numbers must be paid and confirmed at the time of booking. No Refunds!
All our Christmas Cruises to Riverhead from the 13th of November, to the 25th of December, will be our Bus & Boat option on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. This allows you to spend much more time at the Riverhead, to enjoy the fantastic venue and whats on offer. Prior to the 13th of November, our normal return by boat option is still available on these days. Our Bus and Boat option can be either way by Bus or Boat depending on the tides. (Please confirm this when booking) Bus transport is on a standard Coach. You can return by bus on other days by prior arrangement.
The total cruise duration including dining and the trip by Bus & Boat is 5.5 hours. This includes a 1.5 hour Cruise to or from the Riverhead, 3 hours dining at the Riverhead, and a half an hour bus ride to or from Auckland.

When returning by Boat, we only spend 2.5 hours at Riverhead.

Please Note: Private charters (exclusive hire) can spend longer at The Riverhead if arranged when booking. The Bus must leave at The booked time and can not be changed on the day.
We have a fully licensed cash bar on the boat and Company TABs can be arranged. Sorry No BYO Allowed.  We do have EFTPOS available on the boat however reception can be unreliable so please ensure your guests bring cashClick here for boat bar prices
As part the cruise and included in your charter fee, we will Supply nibbles on the cruise to Riverhead free of Charge. (Please note) This is for the Trip to Riverhead only, no nibbles will be provided if returning to Auckland by boat.
We have a full music system on board the boat as well as disco / party lights and I Pod facilities if you wish to play your own music.
There will be live music from 8pm – 12pm in The boathouse on Friday & Saturday nights as well as the normal Blues in the Boathouse from 2pm on Sundays. Other entertainment can be arranged for larger groups, for more information please contact The Riverhead to discuss.
The Riverhead has a large Restaurant, Function facilities for Groups Large & Small, a Sports bar, and also the Boathouse function venue which is open to the Public for Lunch and Dinner from the 13th of November to the 25th of December. Samller groups of 14 or less may be able to go into the Landing Resturant on our shared charters or groups of 18 or less can hire Deacons Kitchen. Groups over 18 will be offered The Boathouse option. For More information about The Riverhead and their facilities go to
Function Rooms:

The Landing Restaurant: tables can seat from 1 – 14 guests with an a la carte menu

Deacons Kitchen – private dining room: one large table which seats 10 – 18 guests, with a set menu – $200 hire

The Boathouse Function Venue: up to 120 guests – from $800 hire

The Portage Bar: (sports bar) which is a casual atmosphere with a bar menu, seating is not reserved.

Riverhead Xmas Menus: Click here to See The Riverheads Menu! To avoid disappointment, it is essential that you book The Riverhead directly by calling 09 412 8902 or e mail
Parking at Westhaven is Pay and display and costs $20.00 for 24 hours. You must pay at the parking machine and put your parking ticket in your window so it can be clearly seen. You can only Park in the Yellow lines, Cars parked in the red lines will be ticketed even if you have paid for parking. We recommend paying $20.00 for 24 hours parking. The Red boats accepts no responsibility if you choose to pay for less and receive a parking ticket if the boat is running late. Parking is your responsibility, The Red boats accepts no responsibility for customer parking.

Contact us at or use our online form or Phone us on  09 834 7337 

Contact The Riverhead on 09 412 8902 or
Covid 19 Policy

We are still Taking Bookings!!!

Covid 19 Policy: The Red Boats operates within the current guidelines set by the Ministry of Health. Our vessels are cleaned and sanitized daily, and we provide hand washing stations and sanitizer on board for our customers. Social distancing, face masks & other measures may be required on board depending on the Alert level status & Ministry of Health Guidelines in place at the time.

Covid Lockdowns & Cancelations: We will endeavour to proceed with your charter providing we are permitted to operate under any Covid restrictions that may be in place at the time. In the event of a lockdown, or the Charter NOT being able to proceed due to Covid, alternative Charter dates will be offered. We will do our best to ensure we find you an alternative date when Covid restrictions will allow us to operate. The Red Boats do not offer refunds for any booked charters that are cancelled due to Covid 19 or Lockdown restrictions. All monies paid to The Red Boats are Non refundable.

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