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Review of Kaipara Cruises

Kaipara Cruises
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Our large group was picked up at the Parakai Wharf just outside Helensville, and enjoyed about a three-hour round trip through the waterways and into the Kaipara Harbour. A substantial lunch was provided for us all plus tea / coffee and cake. The commentary was excellent and covered highlights of the history of this interesting area. Climb up to the top deck if you go, as the views are greatly enhanced with the extra height.

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We went as a family, 3 adults & 2 children over the Christmas holidays. The weather was overcast and started raining halfway through the cruise so we retreated inside but this is not the best place to be to see the scenery as you will mainly just see the mangroves.
We started out sitting in the front deck, the captain slows down and gives an interesting talk at points of interest, the scenery was beautiful and my grandchildren (3 & 5) were enjoying searching for 'sharks', 'pirates' & 'dolphins' as we were cruising along. Once it stopped raining we went onto the upper deck where the views are fantastic but the steps up are very steep.
Overall a very pleasant way to spend 3 hours.

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

An informative cruise from Port Albert to Batley, along several rivers leading into the Kaipara Harbour, reputed to be one of the largest harbour coastline in the Southern Hemisphere. From the welcome upon boarding the boat to leaving we couldn't find any fault. To See Aitu Farm Park, Batley House, Tinopai, and other spots from the water was well worth the $35.00 for the 4 1/2 hour trip. Even the tea/coffee/milo was a very reasonable $2.00 per cup.

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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.

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.

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