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“Great Day Out”
Review of Kawau Cruises

Kawau Cruises
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Escape for a day to beautiful Kawau Island, home to a pristine wildlife reserve surrounded by the calm clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Kawau Island Super Cruise takes you from Sandspit, just a short drive North of Auckland city, to follow the Royal Mail delivery route around Kawau - the longest mail run by watercraft in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the perfect way to take in the Island's many stunning bays and gain insight into what life is like for the 70 or so permanent residents who call the road-less Island home. Learn about the history of the Island and take in amazing views while your experienced skipper points out significant landmarks and sights of interest. Watch Gannets and other seabirds on the hunt for their lunch. Don't forget to keep a close eye out for Dolphins, Penguins and other interesting sea creatures that might show up for a visit. Arriving ashore at Mansion House Bay there is plenty of time to explore your beautiful surroundings. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy, visit the historic Mansion House and stroll through the stunning subtropical gardens alive with native birds such as Tui, Kereru and the cheeky Weka. Proud Peacocks and shy Wallabies call the gardens their home so keep your camera on hand to catch a unique photo opportunity. Enjoy the numerous walking tracks that beckon you to beautiful beaches. Along the way, discover and explore ancient Maori Pa sites and the ruins of a seashore copper mine once worked by early settlers. Pack your swimwear and some snorkeling gear in summer to explore the crystal clear waters teeming with marine life. Return Cruise Price: $68 Adult (16+) $34 Child (5-15 years) FREE Preschool (0-4 years) Please note: The Department of Conservation charges a small fee on the day for entry to the historic Mansion House ($4 adults, $2 Children, Under 5s free) Departs Sandspit Wharf 10:30 am daily - Returns from Mansion House 2pm
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We really enjoyed our day trip on the Royal Mail Run ferry to Kawau Island.We booked our tickets at the Visitor Information Centre in Warkworth.We seem to meet the most helpful interesting people all day The captain and crew were most informative and friendly.A lovely ferry ride then a few stops with mail and groceries at various little bays,learning about the early pioneer history of the copper mine and the Cornish and Welsh miners.Then the extraordinary life of Gerorge Grey. We got off at Mansion House and explored the gardens and had a picnic in the company of a beautiful,friendly peacock.We could have opted for a barbecue lunch on the ferry but took our own lunch.We regretted this when we realised there was a fish option.Next time!.We had ice cream from the little cafe and a swim and snorkel before heading back. It was heavenly and just what we needed.

Thank mama2227
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

A lovely relaxing day on the water. We took the mail run cruise. It was really enjoyable and we added the BBQ lunch is as well.
The skipper was knowledgable and we enjoyed his commentary.

Thank Tracy P
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

We got this on a voucher deal and oh wow, what amazing value, customer service, care and adventure.
The skipper and his assistant were very informative without being in your face.
We went to lots of wharfs and saw locals getting on and off. The island is amazing and we are definitely going back to stay there.
I couldn't be happier with this trip.

Thank ThousandHolidays
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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

My partner and I took my elderly parents on the Kawau Island Royal Mail Run Cruise. We had the most enjoyable day cruising around the bays of Kawau, stopping at many of the wharves. I was most impressed with the whole experience; the ease of booking the friendless of the staff, the comfort and cleanliness of the boat, and the visit to all the lovely scenic bays of Kawau. After a 2 hour cruise we were dropped at Mansion House Bay where we enjoyed our picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds and had a leisurely stroll around the trees and gardens. We were picked up again at 2pm and returned to the Sandspit. We were particularly spoilt with the weather that day which probably helped to make our day even more special. Thank you Kawau Cruises.

Thank 558rosemarys
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We had a lovey day out on the mail cruise. The skipper was great. We would happily recommend this experience!!!

Thank TogetherForever1
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