A Kaipara Harbour cruise was one of the items on the bucket list of my wife and I. The Kaipara is reputed to be the largest harbor in the southern hemisphere with a coastline of some 3,200 km. It is a very tidal harbor with a rich history involving local Maori tribes and early European settlers in New Zealand.
The cruise taken by my wife and I is one of several offered by Kaipara Cruises. "Ours" was on the "Kewpie Too" for a duration of 5 hours which suited our purpose. The area of the harbour covered was the southern end, starting in the Kaipara River at a landing on Springs Road, Parakai, with cruising down the Kaipara River and then northward to Shelley Beach (1.5 hours). A 2 hours' break, ashore, at Shelley Beach provided an opportunity for a leisurely lunch at "The Jetty" cafe and a walk around the area. After that it was back onboard the vessel for the return cruise to the landing in the Kaipara River.
Whilst an old timer the "Kewpie Too" is very solid and comfortable. Tea and coffee are available onboard. Pricing is very reasonable.
Throughout the time onboard the vessel a very informative commentary is given about the areas history, birdlife, ecology and natural history.
Enjoyed the experience. It was a good day out.
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