The Riverhead Cruiser Private Group Charters

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The Riverhead Cruiser Private Charters to The Riverhead

"Ask Us About Our Christmas Functions"

The Riverhead Cruiser: We provide private Functions & Charters to The Riverhead - Historic Tavern all year round. This is a fantastic option for that special Birthday party, Xmas party, social club outing, team building exercise, or Corporate lunch. We have a range of options available for Private Charters and can cater for groups from 30 passengers up to 200 passengers.


(Please note) From the 13th of Novemeber to the 24th of December all Riverhead Charters will be our Christmas Option. Click here to see Christmas Options



Christmas Party Options 

Dine in at The Landing Resturant, or check out the function venues available for hire at The Riverhead – Historic Tavern. This makes The Riverhead an excellent venue for that board / management meeting, conference or private function. Weddings can also be catered for as well as many other events including birthday parties, so feel free to give us a call and find out more about what we have to offer.

(Note) The trip to The Riverhead - Historic Tavern is tidal and our departure times are based around this, however The Riverhead is always open for brunch, lunch, or dinner, which allows us to operate on most occasions.

If you are not looking for a Private Charter check out our Public Ferry.

Public Ferry

Cruise details

Please Note: A Minimum boat charge applies for Private functions.

Min charge:
$1290.00 Boat hire return.

Price Per head:
$43.00 per person over 30 passengers return.

Passenger Numbers:

We have 2 Vessels available

Hogwash up to 60 Passengers Reo Moana  Up to 90 Passengers

All boat trips are limited to 2.5 hours at Riverhead due to the tides. If you are wanting more time at Riverhead Check out our Bus and Boat options below.

Bus & Boat option: Min charge $1440 Up to 30 Passengers including Bus transport
Over 30 Passengers: $48.00 per person including Bus transport 

Click here for public ferry trips to The Riverhead.
The Landing Restaurant: tables can seat from 1 – 14 guests with an a la carte menu

Deacons Kitchen – private dining room: one large tables which seat 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 Menus:
Click here for more information about The Riverhead's Functions and Menus!

To avoid disappointment, it is essential that you book The Riverhead directly by calling 09 412 8902 or e mail
The total cruise duration is 5.5 hours. This includes a 1.5 hour Cruise to the Riverhead, 2.5 hours dining at the Riverhead. and a 1.5 hour return trip to Auckland. (Note) If using our Bus and Boat option you can choose the departure time by bus. Boat times are restricted due to tides.
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 un-reliable so please ensure your guests bring cash for the bar. Click here for boat bar prices
Nibbles: As part the cruise and included in your charter fee we will Supply nibbles on the cruise free of Charge.
Entertainment on board: We have a full music system on board the boat as well as disco / party lights and I Pod facilities to play your own music.
The Riverhead has a full sound system and Music is played throughout the Venue. If using a function room, entertainment can be arranged. There is a big screen TV in the sports bar and live music plays every Sunday from 2pm in the Boat house as well as many other live music events which are scheduled throughout the year.
The Riverhead is a large complex and has a Restaurant, a Sports bar, and Function facilities for Groups Large & Small.

See the Riverhead's Venus Below:

The Landing Restaurant Click Here

The Portage Bar Click Here

The Boathouse Function Centre Click here


All our trips depart from Pier Z Westhaven Marina 31 Westhaven drive or other wharf’s by prior arrangement.
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.
We also have Bus and Boat options available which is a great idea for Functions that want to spend longer at The Riverhead.

Our Bus & Boat option will go one way by Bus and one way by boat depending on the tides.

Our Bus & Boat option can cater from 30 Passengers up to 200 Passengers.

Bus & Boat option: Min charge $1440 Up to 30 Passengers including Bus transport
Over 30 Passengers: $48.00 per person including Bus transport 
Ph 09 834 7337 or Contact us at or use our online form.

Please don’t forget to also BOOK with the Riverhead Ph: (09) 412 8902 or e-mail
Covid 19 Policy


We are currently open and operating under ALL traffic light system levels.

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. The Red Boats are able to operate at all levels of the traffic light system within restrictions.

Covid positive cancelation policy:: We require a minimum of 24 hours notice of ANY cancellation. All bookings are non-refundable however we offer ONE rebook to be used within 6 weeks of cancelations on all Ferry & Individuals fishing bookings with proof of a positive test result or 3 months for Party Cruises /Group fishing charters. Rebooks cannot be used for the months of November/December unless by prior arrangement. All other cancelation terms and conditions remain the same.

Covid Lockdowns & Cancelations: We will endeavor 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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