Riverhead Cruises


Riverhead Cruises: Experience an amazing cruise on Auckland Harbour, cruising into the sheltered uncharted waterways of Auckland's upper Waitemata harbour to experience great food, Drink and entertainment at the award winning Riverhead – Historic tavern. Experience the fantastic scenery and amazing history based around Auckland’s upper harbour estuary’s & the historic Riverhead Tavern on our Riverhead Cruise.


Our Riverhead cruises are a great day out for any occasion large or small with a variety of options to choose from. We can cater for large groups and parties with our Exclusive hire options or small groups and individuals can join our Public ferry operating daily cruises to the Riverhead Historic Tavern. (Note) The Riverhead trip is tidal and departure times are based on this.


Exclusive Hire: 

Our Private charter options are a great way to celebrate any occasion for larger groups. This is a fantastic way to celebrate Birthday's, Social clubs and special occasions, or the ideal Venue to hold that end of year Xmas function or corporate event. Our private charters are suited to more of a Party / Get together type trip. There is a minimum charge to hire the Vessel exclusively. When using our Private hire option, you will have a licensed bar on board for your use, we provide nibbles on the cruise to Riverhead and you will have access to our on board Music system. We can also offer a Bus and Boat option for groups wanting to spend longer at The Riverhead. Click here for more information on our Exclusive Hire Options or for smaller groups and individuals see our Public ferry Options.

Public Ferry: 

We Operate a regular public sailings to The Riverhead all year round. These are scheduled sailings and times can be viewed on our timetable. Our Public cruises are a great family day out and suited for individuals or small  groups of 15 or less. Departing from downtown Auckland we retrace the footsteps of the early settlers that traveled these waterways to Riverhead on Scows and Steamers. We provide a full Commentary throughout the cruise and have a licensed bar on board for your convenience which sells snacks and refreshments. Although we play some light background music on the return trip to Auckland, this trip is suited more to those who want to enjoy a nice day out with family and friends for an informative tour. If you are wanting more of a Party type trip with music and dancing, Please see our Private Hire options. Click here to find out more about our Public ferry Service to the Riverhead


Christmas Parties

Birthday Parties

Engagement Parties


Family get togethers


Social Club Outings

Probus Groups

Team Building

Company Functions

Business Meetings


Team Building

Company Functions


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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