This was our third boat trip to Kawau Island using Kawau Cruises from Sandspit, just a little way out of Warkworth, N.Z. On this occasion we were accompanied by some old family members and the four of us had a great day... we pre-booked our trip on-line and printed off our own tickets, telephoning the Cruising Company to book the actual travel date. We got to Sandspit by 9.45a.m., parked our car in the pay car park (the charge for the day`s parking was $12), then we walked the short distance to the Cruising Company`s office where we booked on to the boat and as we were a little early (for the 10.30a.m. crossing) we walked across the road and enjoyed delicious coffee and freshly made scones at a lovely little café. The ferry boat left the jetty at Sandspit at 10.30a.m., it was not full on this trip (we were travelling mid week and during school-term time !) and the crossing to Kawau Island took about 1.5 hours. We did not get off the ferry boat when we got to Kawau Island, preferring to stay aboard and travel around the Island as the ferry boat did deliveries of post and provisions to many of the little jetties dotted about the Island. That further trip took about 1 hour and it was fascinating as the captain of the ferry boat, on this second leg, gave a very interesting commentary in real time of Kawau Island and its history. The ferry boat then came back to Kawau Island (some people on board the ferry boat indulged in lunch which could also be pre-booked) and we got off and spent a few hours exploring the Island. We walked up to Lady`s Bay, there was very limited access to the wonderful little beach as clearly the recent storms had caused damage to the walkway down to the beach, and then we returned to the wharf and enjoyed a lovely freshly cooked and full lunch at the little café by the wharf... the food was excellent and the service very pleasant and homely. We then walked around the outside of the big old house (the old Governor`s residence) which had closed at 2p.m. that day, and at 4.30p.m. we caught the return ferry boat back to Sandspit. All in all it was another (our 4th :-) !) excellent day out on Kawau Island, a magic little Island... and my wife and I always enjoy the ferry boat trips to and from the Island as we view the wonderful coastal scenery on both sides of the boat. Well done Kawau Cruises, another excellent day and another four very very satisfied customers ! :-) :-) :-) :-)
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