Christmas Cruises to The Riverhead

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Riverhead Christmas Cruises 2023
13th of November – 23rd 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

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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!

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Cruise details

Please Note: A Minimum boat charge applies for Private functions under 40 Passengers. We can transport up to 140 Passengers for Private Charters.

Exclusive Hire Min charge: $1920.00 for up to 40 passengers including Bus transport.

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

$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 & Sun. This means 1 way by bus and 1 way by boat depending on the tides. All other days are return by boat unless requested 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 - Sun) $43pp 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!

Check our Bus and Boat Cruise times and availability HERE
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.


Check our Bus and Boat Cruise times and availability HERE
The total cruise duration including dining and the trip by Bus & Boat is 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 on Mondays-Wednesdays, 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 Boat House on Friday & Saturday nights, and on some Sundays from 1-5pm. Additional entertainment can be arranged for larger groups, for more information please contact The Riverhead to discuss.
The Riverhead has a-la-carte restaurant, casual bar, and function facilities for larger groups.

For more information about The Riverhead and their facilities go to or contact
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 $500 for exclusive hire or shared group options available.

The Portage Bar: The Portage Bar: a casual venue with bar leaners and stools, and a semi-private outdoor courtyard.

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




Pay by plate parking is available and Pier Z. Parking costs $4 per hour or $32.00 for the day. Please pay attention to signage to ensure you are parking in the correct area (white lines) and paying the correct fee. For directions to Westhaven Marina, please see the map on your voucher or visit our website 

Further public carparking is available further along Westhaven Drive at NZ Marine between the white lines and is just a short 700m walk up to Pier Z, this is free on weekends and Public Holidays.

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
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