MV Kawau Isle moored at the fully restored Riverhead Tavern jetty.


Cruise to the Historic Riverhead Tavern

Join us for a cruise on the Riverhead Ferry.
Cruise inland as far as possible!

The Riverhead Cruise

This cruise on the Riverhead Ferry takes us from Downtown Auckland, under the Auckland Harbour Bridge, past the Chelsea Sugar Works, Kauri Point Ammunition Dump, Hobsonville Airbase, Herald Island, Paremoremo Inlet and Huapai Golf Course all the way to Riverhead.

The uncharted, sheltered waterways of the upper Waitemata Harbour take you back in time to another era and a different pace of life.

After an 1½ hours cruise (with commentary if you wish) we reach the beautifully restored restaurant and tavern, The Riverhead, the second oldest licensed premise in NZ. The tavern is set on the bank and offers stunning views over the tranquil waterway.

You go ashore here and you can enjoy a meal and a few drinks whatever the occasion. Two hours later you board the boat for a leisurely cruise back to Auckland on the Riverhead Ferry.

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Pier 3, Quay St, Downtown Auckland

This area is tidal so we depart at different times on different days. Planning is required and bookings are essential – maximum 40 passengers. Email the Riverhead Ferry to book your cruise up to the Riverhead Tavern.


Adults $35 return
Children $20 return

Please let all your guests know we do not have eftpos or credit card facilities – cash or cheque only please, fare includes complimentary tea/coffee. ( Company and group charters can arrange to pay by direct credit) .

We have a licensed cash bar onboard if you wish to buy a drink. Food and nibbles available. No BYO please. You are welcome to set up a bar tab or have individual cash sales.

The meal at The Riverhead is arranged in advance. You have many options, see The Riverhead website for their delicious menu.

There is a good sound system onboard, you are welcome to bring you own CDs, ipods, etc.


Read the excellent NZ Herald articles by Cate FosterRead the excellent NZ Herald article by Cate Foster on the Riverhead Ferry excursion to The Riverhead...



Cruise to the Historic Riverhead Tavern

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Visit the Riverhead Tavern web site for more information on the restoration, menus options and more...

Visit the Riverhead Tavern web site for more information on the restoration, menus options and more...

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 Cruise
...a truly enjoyable evening... a superb way to mark our son's 50th and we would happily recommend you to anyone contemplating a similar outing or
seeking inspiration.
Peter & Pat Dilley 14th November, 2005


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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