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About Kawau Cruises
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
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Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

We did the Mail run to School House Bay then walked to Manor (40mins) easy walk, returning at 2pm enjoyed refreshments available on board, you can seat 💺 inside or upstairs, the views always look 👀 great from the water 🚣‍♀️ we thought it was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank markdahlenburg
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Wow, what an amazing experience, getting shown all the lovely bays, dropping off the mail and learning all the history of the area with Captain McCleod. We had a very informative cruise, learnt about the copper mine and its history too. Then we stopped on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SueB88
Reviewed 13 September 2018

had a great day on the mail delivery kawau island trip today only seven people on board so felt like a private tour great captain and his assistant /cook had the lunch at mansion house cafe salmon salad and a bun and lovely hot chocolate...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 246faye22
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We bought the grab one offer and glad we paid that price and not more. Its a lovely surrounding but essentially just a ferry ride to a small island! The cafe on site has good food although slightly expensive. Worth the day out!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank laurenbeeforth
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Kawau cruises have a number of different options. We chose the Royal Mail Run leaving at 10.30am. (There is parking available at a carpark near to the jetty (at $12 per day), but we left the car outside the wharf area and walked to the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NewZealandCarver
Reviewed 8 March 2018

I am a first time visitor to ew Zealand and I am staying at a bnb with a sea view in Devonport and it was suggested to me to go,a d see the Mansion House in Kawau, they helped me to book this cruise as...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Erika L
Reviewed 19 February 2018

This was an excellent experience. The cruise was very relaxed and informative. We opted for the lunch included and it was scrumptious. This was well worth the money.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Kobus R
Reviewed 18 February 2018

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...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank robert w
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We where a group of 9 got grab one discount tickets for the mail run with lunch included so already a good start . Phoned to confirm our booking , services was excellent gave clear and precise information . Day of departure went to ticketing...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Codiegirl
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Locals here, but we never managed to do this trip until now. We got our discounted tickets for the Mail Run from Treat Me and decided to go during the Christmas holidays. It’s a great and relaxing day out! We didn’t do the BBQ lunch,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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