Cruising & Boating

Cruising & Boating

There are more many different ways you can get out on the water in New Zealand. From tours on a boat, to kayaking, to water rafting, or just a plain old ferry!
There are so many options for any type of experience.


Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safaris is a unique experience, where you get to see whales and dolphins up close and in the wild. Departing from Auckland, enjoy a 4.5 hour cruise exploring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, which is an abundant and diverse marine park. The boat has a large open deck to see the sights, as well as crew that provide knowledgeable commentary about the area and what you see.

The best way to see the Waitomo Caves is with Spellbound Glow Worm and Cave Tours. Glide gently downstream beneath a canopy of glowworms and marvel at their increasing brilliance as your eyes adjust to the darkness. See these intriguing creatures up close and marvel at their fascinating life. Be amazed and awed by the spectacle and sheer number of glowworms inhabiting Spellbound’s glowworm paradise.

If travelling to the Waitomo Caves, the Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park is the best spot to base yourself for all the adventures in the area.

Bay Explorer in Tauranga has a variety of Dolphin and Wildlife Cruises which will have you investigating the Bay of Plenty coastline and islands, with dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orcas and even turtles!

Moutohora Island (or Whale Island as it is sometimes called) is one of the rare untouched beauties of New Zealand. Take a tour out to the island, that is home to a number of New Zealand’s rare and engendered plants, birds and reptiles. Keep an eye out for a threatened dotterel, boisterous saddleback, Tuatara or red-crowned parakeet as you journey through the regenerated native bush, before digging yourself a soothing geothermal spring pool at the secluded hot water beach. The PJ cruise leaves daily from Whakatane Wharf.

Journey to the Maori Rock Carvings in comfort and style with a stunning tour of Taupo’s bays with Chris Jolly Outdoors. With live commentary and spectacular viewing platforms, it is a must take tour.


Lakeland Queen in Rotorua, takes you on a scenic cruise around Lake Rotorua. A heritage styled vessel that provides a gentle pace relaxing cruise, showing off the geothermal features, natural wonders and stunning views. The Lakeland Queen offers multiple dining cruises, from breakfast, to lunch or dinner and provides a unique and memorable experience.

You haven’t seen Rotorua until you’ve seen it from a Duck, with Rotorua Duck Tours! Jump on one of New Zealand’s only World War two landing crafts for an experience like no other. On top of being unique this tour is a great way to get an introduction to Rotorua or even further your knowledge.


River Rats Rafting and Kayaking in Rotorua offers something different for everyone. From beginner rafting trips to the more experienced, the rapids will prove to be a fantastic time for everyone. If the thrill of rafting is not your style, then the range of kayaking trips are sure to please the family.

If you are travelling to Rotorua to experience some of their cruising or boat experiences, then Holiday Inn Rotorua and Rotorua Thermal Park are our top picks to stay with the family.

Huka Falls Jet in Taupo is the only boat that can get to the Huka Falls. The exhilarating power of the Hukafalls Jet is an experience you will never forget. You’ll marvel at the incredible water-level views of the spectacular Huka Falls as you slide past cliffs and trees at an incredible 80km an hour in one of our state of the art jet boats. Then get ready for the trademark 360 degree spin as the boat turns on its own length, leaving you with a beaming smile and a heart pumping with adrenaline.

Fullers 360 offers a range of ferries throughout Auckland, including out to Waiheke Island for a great day trip or to Rangitoto to climb the extinct volcano for superb views of the city and gulf (and some exercise).