Island Transport & Cruises


The Red boats Island cruises and Transport

The Red Boats offer Chartered Cruises Tours & Ferry transport to any of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Including Rangitoto Island, Rakino Island, Motutapu Island, Motuihe Island and Waiheke Island.


Island Day Cruises

Our Island Cruises can be tailored to suit your requirements and are great way to enjoy a day on a sandy Island beach without leaving the country.

Our day Cruises depart Auckland and Cruise firstly out of the inner Waitamata Harbour to the sheltered waters of Islington bay between Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands. Once at Islington bay, we drop anchor and have either your own BBQ, or one of our fantastic Catered Meals and an optional swim off the Vessel.

After lunch we then up Anchor and Cruise to one the beautiful untouched Islands of the Hauraki Gulf such as Motuihe, Rakino, Motutapu or Rangitoto Islands. Once we arrive at an Island of your choice, we then drop you ashore where you can either enjoy some games and activities on the beach, or just relax in the Sun on the beautiful untouched beaches of the Hauraki Gulf’s Treasure Islands.

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Ferry Transport

The Red boats can Provide Ferry transport to any of the Hauraki gulf Islands. We specialize in transporting School groups to the camp on Motutapu Island, Camping trips to Home bay and Motuihe Island, as well as day trips to Rangitoto Island. We also operate services to Motuihe Island for tree planters in conjunction with the Motuihe trust and can provide transport to Waiheke and other Islands around the Hauraki gulf for Corporate Functions and events. Our vessels are Very popular with Schools for wider living weeks as well as Groups and Clubs. We have 2 Vessels that can carry up to 150 passengers combined.

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Probus Groups & Clubs

We specialize in cruises for Probus clubs and special interest groups. Our Cruises are tailored to meet the needs of your group and are reasonable priced to suit. Our vessels are safe, sturdy, traditional New Zealand Kauri built vessels, with warm roomy saloons and unobstructed views.
Our vessels are fully compliant with safety requirements and are licensed for up to and over 60 passengers. We have 14 unique tours for your RSA, Probus, or Travel Club. An informative commentary is given during all our cruises with friendly personal service as well as free Tea & Coffee with snack biscuits. Click here to find out more about our cruises for Probus Groups and travel clubs.

Help look after the island:

All Hauraki Gulf Islands  are predator free, so all animals are prohibited. A pest eradication programme is on-going. Our vessels are licensed by the Department of Conservation and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system (on all our vessels) which meets the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf. No lights or fires are permitted on the Island including Smoking and Alcohol must be kept to a minimum. All rubbish must come back to the Vessel with you when leaving the Island.

What you need to do to prepare for your trip to a pest-free Island:

Please check your bags for stowaways: Mice, Rats, Argentine Ants and Rainbow Skinks to name a few.
Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds. Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container eg. hard plastic.
No open bags or boxes – everything you bring on shore must be sealed or zipped closed.

Staying overnight?
Any overnight gear ie. sleeping bags, need to be checked for pest stowaways.
Food must be packed into rodent-proof/ sealed containers.
If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask customer services staff or the boat crew.

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Christmas Parties

Birthday Parties

Engagement Parties


Family get togethers


Social Club Outings

Probus Groups

Team Building

Company Functions

Business Meetings


Ferry Transport

School Groups

Team Building

Company Functions


Covid 19 Policy

We are still Taking Bookings!!!

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

Vaccination Policy: The Red Boats will require everyone who travels with us regardless of the service (Fishing, party cruises, ferry services) to be fully vaccinated and carry a vaccination passport on them to be shown upon boarding of ANY vessel we operate. Due to the recent government mandate, if we do not adopt this approach then we are unable to operate any of our services until we reach the Green Light setting which could be months away. We will require proof of vaccination and identification for all guests aged 12 and over. Vaccination certificates can be ordered from the Ministry of Health website, we encourage you to have these ready as we await the release of the digital passport system. Refunds will not be offered for any passengers or guests who are unable to provide a vaccination passport upon boarding our vessels.

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 for FULLY VACCINATED passengers only at all levels of the traffic light system within restrictions. 

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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