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Overnight Cruises

With 90 km of the most spectacular river scenery with it’s ancient towering cliffs, historic battle sites,abundant birdlife, magnificent native bush, seclusion and available onshore facilities you are able to enjoy the ultimate in on-water luxury accommodation for 1 to 7 nights enjoying a different location each day. You are welcome to bring your Kayaks, boats and Jet Ski’s for sport or exploring.

One Night

Depart our historic Lapwood Landing at 2pm and cruise through the scenic “Riverland” before mooring the vessel in the calm waters in the channel between the large natural bush covered Kaiwaka Island and eastern shore. The owner will leave the vessel for you to enjoy the sunset, scenery, seclusion and tranquility of the location, the luxury of the vessel and it’s many features for your overnight. After you have enjoyed the morning bird song the owner returns at 0900 next morning for your training on the recovery of the anchors for your breakfast cruise back to historic Lapwood Landing.

Two Nights

As for 1 Night except the cruise enables you to travel further down river passing by the location of the 1863 Cameron Stockade (Camerontown) where on the 7th of September 1863, two Victoria Cross’s and 5 Distinguished Conduct Medals were won, when 200 Kingite warriors attacked the stockade.

Then a short distance down river you pass by the steel mill water intake jetty and the first of the larger Whitebait stands named “Red Light Bay” can be seen. (NOTE: This section of river is a High Tide pass only)

The old sand mining location, Ski Club and slipway are visible down river. Due to river conditions the vessel is required to return a short distance up river to it’s 2 nd over night mooring. Once secure, if you have brought a kayak, jet ski or boat you are able to go ashore for a walk on the large island. Next morning it is Important that you depart at 0900 for your cruise back to Historic Lapwood landing so you arrive by 10 am.

Three Nights

As for 2 Nights except you are able to extend your cruise down river past the old sand mining location and slipway and further down river past the old Whitebait factory which closed in the 1940’s. At the time it processed and canned up to 120 tons of whitebait a season. This would be your mooring location for the 2nd evening and once moored you are able to enjoy the location and sunset. Next morning you would need to begin your return cruise back up river at 0900 but remembering due to river conditions the vessel must make a high tide pass through to the location of it’s 3rd evening mooring. Once secure, if you have brought a kayak, jet ski or boat you are able to go ashore for a walk on the large island. Next morning it is Important that you depart at 0900 for your cruise back to Historic Lapwood landing so you arrive by 10 am.

Four Nights

As for 2 Nights except we your cruise continues past the old sand mining location and slipway and further down river passed the old Whitebait factory which closed in the 1940’s but did process and can up to 120 tons of whitebait a season. This is our mooring location for the 2nd evening and once moored the crew will leave you to enjoy the location and sunset. They return next morning at 0900 for your cruise up river as due to river conditions the vessel must make a high tide pass through to the location of it’s 3rd evening mooring. Once secure, the crew will be happy to take you ashore for a walk on a large island and later return you to the vessel. The crew will leave the vessel and return next morning at 0900 to provide your breakfast cruise back to Historic Lapwood landing.

Five Nights

As for 4 nights except your cruise extends from the River Delta into the Port Waikato harbour where salt water fishing is available as well as mountain biking through the Waiuku Forest on North Head. Due to river conditions our 3rd night is in the harbour and 4th night back up river near the old Whitebait Factory. Crew return next morning at 0900 to continue the cruise up river to our 5th evening mooring where the crew will be happy to take you ashore for a walk on a large island and later return you to the vessel. They will then leave the vessel and return next morning at 0900 to provide your breakfast cruise back to Historic Lapwood landing.

For Longer Cruises

Please ask us for details of attractions and activities further down river

Note:

1. Cruises are subject to weather and river conditions

2. If you are able to provide us with boating experience a 4m punt with outboard, can be available for you to explore the Riverland should you not bring your own boat, while the vessel is moored.