Cruise to the Riverhead

The Riverhead Cruiser/Ferry
Running daily cruises to The Riverhead – historic tavern!

Our fantastic boat cruise departs Z pier Westhaven marina in Downtown Auckland, and stops by Birkenhead wharf before  venturing into the beautiful sheltered, uncharted waterways of the upper Waitemata harbour, where we retrace the footsteps and history of early sailing ships and scows that once traded these waters. The ferry trip to The  Riverhead – historic tavern  takes 1.5 hours,and we spend 2.5 hours at The Riverhead for dining. We have a fully licensed bar on board and an informative commentary is given throughout the cruise.

Departing from downtown Auckland, we leave the city behind and cruise into the sheltered untouched waters of Auckland’s upper Waitemata harbour.  We cruise under Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, Past the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Kauri Point, and Hearald Island, into the uncharted waters of the Upper Harbour estuary while enjoying a informative on board commentary and our on board bar.

We then continue on past Riverlea, Brighams creek, and Harkins Point, until after an hour and a half cruising, we arrive at The award winning Riverhead – a Historic Tavern.

Once at Riverhead we then head ashore and enjoy a  fantastic meal and a few drinks, in one of the oldest most prestigious riverside taverns in New Zealand. After a couple of hours enjoying the fine dining and waterside scenery at The Riverhead, we then join the Vessel again where we enjoy the fantastic scenery of Auckland’s upper harbour while heading back to Auckland on board the Vessel.

Note: The Riverhead Cruise is tidal and our departure times are based around this. Please see our timetable below for Public ferry dates and times

The Riverhead – an Historic Tavern
The Riverhead has been a house of refreshment and conviviality for around 150 years. In that time it has seen many events and stories come and go, countryfolk and townspeople, fishermen and farmers, smugglers and clergymen, marauding riders of the night through to social visits from the local constabulary. All have played their part in giving The Riverhead a rich stable of stories befitting the oldest riverside tavern in New Zealand. At the Riverhead, there are four great venues able to accommodate any need for your entertainment.

Food at The Riverhead
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The chef has developed a menu to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you prefer tender top quality steak, gourmet pizza, or fresh gastro fare, its all available with an extensive wine list that features local product and specialties from New Zealand’s finest wine districts. Once again the decor celebrates the old, with clean and simple lines of the new, while the extensive decks surrounded by the 100 year old oak trees have the best view in the west. Click here to find out more about The Riverhead.

Cruise details

Adults: $43.00 return

Children: age 5-15 $22.00 return

Gold Card holders: $35.00 return (Mon to Fri only)
Note: Prices include the boat trip only, meals & drinks at The Riverhead are extra. We do have eftpos on board, although cash is recommended for the bar due to eftpos reception at Riverhead.
The total cruise duration is 5 hours. This includes a 1.5 hour Cruise to the Riverhead, 2 hours dining at the Riverhead. and a 1.5 hour return trip to Auckland.
To avoid disappointment, bookings are essential for both the Ferry trip to Riverhead and for dining at the Riverhead. For Restaurant bookings at The Riverhead please Phone 09 412 8902 or e mail
We have a fully licensed cash bar on the boat. Sorry No BYO Allowed.

Note: We do have EFTPOS available on the boat however we also recommend bringing cash for the bar due to unreliable eftpos reception in the upper harbour. Click here for boat bar prices
A range of Chips, Cookies & Chocolates are available for purchase from our on board bar.
A Full Commentary is provided throughout the cruise
A Full sound system is available at The Riverhead or if using a function room entertainment can be arranged. There is a big screen TV in the sports bar and live music plays every Sunday from 2pm in the Boat house as well as many other live music events which are scheduled throughout the year.

The Riverhead has a large Restaurant, Function facilities for Groups Large & Small, a Sports bar, and also the Boathouse Grill open to the Public most weekends and available for hire to large groups and weddings. For More information about The Riverhead and their facilities go to
The Riverhead cruiser departs from Pier Z Westhaven Marina 31 Westhaven drive Auckland. We also do a pick up at Birkenhead wharf on the way to The Riverhead. For Birkenhead pick ups the ferry will arrive 10 to 15 minutes after our departure from Auckland.
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