MV Kawau Isle, was purpose built for the mail and ferry run from Kawau Island to Sandspit


At the Riverhead Ferry we specialise in group charters:

  • Cruise to the Riverhead Tavern
  • Scenic and party cruises on the Waitemata
  • Island and river cruises – some exclusive to Riverhead Ferry as we can cruise further inland than most charter boats.

For full fare information and to download Riverhead Ferry special deals and timetable visit the Fares page.

Click on the links below for more details on cruises available to you on the MV Kawau Isle.

Cath Meehan and Paul Meyer are happy to discuss your individual requirements, so please contact them on (09) 376 0819 or email

Riverhead - Lucas Creek - Upper HarbourRiverhead - Lucas Creek - Upper Harbour

You pass under the Harbour Bridge, past many places of scenic and historic interest, right up to Riverhead (with favourable tides).



Tamaki River - Panmure BasinTamaki River - Panmure Basin

You cruise past the Waterfront Bays and Karaka Beach where a signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place. Rich in history the Tamaki River is now home to many of the rich and famous as well as industry and super yacht factories. Then you pass under the Panmure Bridge where the river narrows providing close up views of riverside homes, private jetties and wildlife habitats and on up to the Otahuhu Motorway Bridge. On our way back Riverhead Ferry will pass under the Panmure Foot Bridge into the Panmure Basin. We can arrange for your group to go ashore for a meal at the Waipuna Lodge Voyager Restaurant!

Weiti River - Gulf HarbourWeiti River - Gulf Harbour

After rounding North Head MV Kawau Isle will pass the East Coast Bays and view some of Auckland’s best residential shoreline. You will cross the Marine Reserve at Long Bay and enter the mouth of the Okura and Weiti Rivers (Wade River). Here we encounter a change of pace. As we journey up this tranquil valley the river narrows and we pass moored boats, jetties and housing indicating a relaxed lifestyle. We then turn and, after leaving the Weiti, cruise over to Gulf Harbour with its luxury boats and houses.

Rangitoto/Motutapu/MotuiheRangitoto - Motutapu Islands - Islington Bay

One of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks, Rangitoto is the largest and youngest volcanic cone in the region. Come and see the olde world charm of Islington Bay and some of the few remaining baches.



Rakino IslandRakino Island

Cruise past Rangitoto, Motutapu, Browns and Motuihe Islands to paradise. So close to the mainland with idyllic clear water beaches and an unhurried pace, there are only a few permanent residents on Rakino and approx 75 dwellings. You may go ashore for a stroll on the island and a picnic lunch prepared by the boat crew.


Waiheke IslandWaiheke Island

You depart from Half Moon Bay and pass Maraetai on the way to the bottom end of Waiheke. Here we meander into beautiful bay after bay before passing through the mussel farm in Man-o-War Bay on our way past Pakatoa, Rotoroa and Ponui Islands. A must for those who have never visited the bottom end of Waiheke.


Mahurangi River / Kawau Island / Sandspit
Departure is from Warkworth Wharf at high water. The cruise takes us down the beautifull Mahurangi River, estuary and through the Mahurangi Harbour entrance. In Kawau Bay we pass Motuora Island and then stop to view the wreck at Moturekareka Island. The trip continues to Kawau Island and passes South Cove, the old Copper Mine ruins at Dispute Cove, then to Mansion House Bay once home to Govenor Grey. We enjoy lunch cruising up Bon Accord Harbour and stop at Smelting House Bay where our boat "Kawau Isle" was bult by the Lidgards in 1952. Here there is time to disembark for a short walk to the Kawau Island Yacht Club for icecreams etc. The voyage continues to North Cove then crosses Kawau Bay to finish at Sandspit Wharf at the entrance of the Matakana River.

Clevedon on the Wairoa River
This is a longer round trip (5.5hrs) usually starting from Half Moon Bay.
The cruise takes you out of the Tamaki passing south of Browns Island. We then enter the Tamaki Straits and follow the coast past Maritai and round Whakakaiwhara Point. On the way up the senic and tranquil Wairoa River we will pass through rural lowlands, see inland boating clubs and abuntant bird life.

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The MV Kawau Isle and the cruises we offer are ideal for group charters for seniors, work functions and family fun.

The Riverhead Ferry is able to go further inland than other charter boats on all river way voyages.

The Riverhead Ferry is able to go further inland than other charter boats on all river way voyages. Call (09) 376 0819 or email to make an enquiry or to book your trip.


Riverhead Ferry is operated by
Meyer Maritime Ltd, 24 Cooper St. Arch Hill, Auckland
Telephone: (09) 376 0819

Cath Meehan (021) 171 1346
Paul Meyer (021) 138 1702

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