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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How many people can go on our Kawhia harbour cruise?

A: MSA regulations allow a maximum of 66 people.

Q: What would be handy to bring on our harbour cruise?

A: Camera and Film...Sun screen...Sun glasses...Weather appropriate clothing

Q: How long does the harbour cruise take and what does it cost?

A: Cruise time approx. 2 hours, adults = $35 per person, children aged 5 -16 = $20, under 5 = FREE.

Q: Are their discounts on our harbour cruise?

A: Not normally, as our prices are already very affordable, but we do give concessions for groups of 50 + persons = 10% discount...Extra discounts are available for schools.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: Our vessel is an all weather boat where the sides can be quickly rolled down, completely blocking rain and wind...We have never yet had to cancel as a result of bad weather.

Q: What time do we leave the dock on our harbour cruise?

A: Harbour cruises normally depart from the wharf at 11:00 a.m., or 2pm., however these cruising times are flexible for group bookings. Please be at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.

Q: Do you offer harbour cruises during the autumn and winter?

A: Yes, we are available for group bookings throughout the year. Please wear suitable clothing to match the season.

Q: Are their refreshments available onboard the harbour cruise vessel?

A: No, but please feel free to bring your own, or enjoy a delicious snack or meal from Annies Cafe/Restaurant, before or after the cruse, that can cater for even large groups. Try their famous coffee and tasty savouries...For groups it would be advisable to book (07 8710198)...Another option is the award winning "Kawhia Fish n Chips" next to the wharf.

Q: Can we hop off the harbour cruise boat at Te Waitere?

A: Yes, Many touring groups are driving into Kawhia, having a tasty snack or meal, embarking their passengers onto the cruise boat, then driving around to Te Waitere to pick up their passengers for the onward journey to Waitomo, Otorohanga or Taranaki...Saving their passengers repeating the drive out of Kawhia...The cruise takes an hour to get to Te Waitere.

Q: What is a heritage cruise?

A: A heritage cruise is a river or harbor cruse on a vessel connected to the heritage of the country it is in. It also includes commentary of the history of the region.

Q: Is the "Lady Kawhia" safe?

A: The "Lady Kawhia" was an ex blue boat ferry built in 1949, to be used specifically as a ferry for the Auckland region. Built out of solid Kauri wood, it is a well proven vessel, having carried well over a million passengers in its service. It has to pass regular thorough checks by an MSA inspector to gain a safety survey. The skippers of the vessel are experienced local ex commercial fishermen.

Q: Do I need sea sick pills?

A: No, The sheltered waters of Kawhia harbour do not get rough enough to de stabilise the "Lady Kawhia" which is built for much heavier waters. No one has ever gotten sea sick on the vessel in the harbour to our knowledge.