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Explore Expedition Cruises

Cruises commence 31 December 2021

Discover a slice of paradise right here in New Zealand with our multi-night cruises around the Hauraki Gulf.

Cruise the sheltered waters on our fully refurbished 45m vessel Te Haerenga and explore the beautiful islands by foot, kayak or paddle board during the two, three or five night expedition cruises. Visit island wildlife sanctuaries, taste some of Waiheke's award winning wines, learn about the successful conservation efforts around the Gulf and spot diverse marine wildlife in their natural habitat.

Final cruise itineraries will be dependent on the weather during the trip, but will include visits to some of the following destinations; Kawau Island, Rangitoto Island, Motutapu Island, Motuihe Island, Rotoroa Island, Ponui Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Waiheke Island, Coromandel and Great Barrier Island.



Our Boat - Te Haerenga

Step on board Te Haerenga and enjoy your journey

Our fully refurbished cruise vessel was purpose-built for overnight cruising and has a full suite of amenities to ensure ultimate comfort and relaxation throughout your time on board.

The spacious configuration is spread across four levels including

  • Cabin Decks
    Two levels with 30 well-appointed double/twin share ensuite cabins, all with large picture windows

  • Lounge Deck
    Spacious interior dining saloon and lounge, fully licensed bar, full kitchen with buffet and an exterior deck

  • Roof Deck
    An expansive sun roof to take in the fresh sea air, incredible views and enjoy a drink.


  • 45m
  • Day Capacity: 160 passengers
  • Overnight Capacity: 60 passengers
  • Fully air-conditioned


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