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Such a interesting trip

I took a group of elderly folk 75 to 98years and it was a magic day for them nothing was hard for... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
Cruise the North Kaipara - The Port Albert option

This trip is only offered once a year we are told - we would recommend taking it when you see it... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

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.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Trevor F
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Reviewed 31 March 2015

We had a wonderful day. Went up to Port Albert by coach and boarded the Kewpie Too. The trip took 6 hours but we enjoyed every minute of it. The skipper gave a detailed commentary all the way down the harbour. The crew (Sam) was very obliging and helpful. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the history of our country.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is a 10 hour round trip from Helensville to Dargaville by boat, with a coach ride return to Helensville. It's a big day, but well worth the effort. I think it only runs in summer...
The Kaipara is one of the largest harbours in the world covering 947 square kilometres at high tide (Wikipedia). The onboard commentary was excellent, covering Maori history and the European history. The Kaipara was an important harbour for European settlers - logging of the surrounding forests being the main attraction.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the birdlife - it's a very important stretch of water for migratory birds, as well as the critically endangered fairy tern, Caspian terns. Most recently some vagrant pelicans have taken up residence in the north section where the Wairoa river enters the harbour. We were lucky enough to see them! Optional BBQ lunch is available, or you can bring your own.
We had a great day, and came away feeling we'd learnt so much more about this amazing harbour in Auckland's backyard. Would highly recommend.

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank Penne T
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