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New Zealand Boat, Sailing, and Waka Tours

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Location: Southland

See Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a Paterson Inlet Cruise and visit Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary on our Stewart Island cruises. We also operate Stewart Island Ferry services and car, scooter and mountain bike rentals...(more)

WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

New Zealand's ultimate year-round nature experience offers exciting close encounters with giant sperm whales. Kaikoura's semi-resident sperm whales share their unique world with many other animals, including other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross - all regularly sighted on tours. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your Whale Watch tour doesn't see a whale...(more)


Location: Bay of Plenty - Tauranga

Our amazing Dolphin Encounters depart daily from both Tauranga and Mount Maunganui aboard our totally luxury high speed vessels, 50ft power catamaran 'Guardian' and luxury Launch 'Catchup III'. Well equipped with two decks and huge front viewing area for all passengers to enjoy the wild dolphins surfing up on the bow, our boats are comfortable, stable and very family friendly...(more)


Location: Queenstown - Frankton

Queenstown Water Taxis supply you with water transport to and from many locations surrounding Frankton Arm and Lake Wakatipu. Catch a shuttle to our Cecil Peak Walk, only accessible by boat, or try local walking tracks, complete with a scenic boat ride to start or finish that perfect day. Add a kayak or mountainbike combo, we can carry both...(more)


Location: Northland

Northland Dive offers world-class diving for tec to open water divers, dive courses, gear hire, air fills, accommodation and meals, plus a fun, social and relaxed atmosphere. Northland Dive Lodge is geared to accommodate independent divers and large dive groups. Variety of après-dive entertainment such as pool, darts, tv/dvd, reading material, cards and board games...(more)


Location: Marlborough - Havelock

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays you have the special opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run. Visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way that it has been done for decades. See mussel farms and understand why Pelorus Sound is known as the mussel capital of the world...(more)

GO ORANGE - Milford & Doubtful Sounds

Location: South Island

Experience the longest, least crowded and best valued 2-hour cruise on Milford Sound or a full day experience on the more isolated Doubtful Sound. Take in the majestic mountains, rainforest, wildlife and sea creatures. Or jump in amongst it in one of our kayaks alongside an experienced guide on your choice of one of 4 kayaking adventures...(more)

REAL JOURNEYS - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown - Queenstown Town

Real Journeys is a locally owned company with a variety of excursions at Walter Peak High Country Farm combined with scenic lake cruises on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship. Choose between farm tours, horse trekking or a gourmet BBQ lunch or dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant in a beautiful lakeside setting...(more)


Location: South Island

Join a voyage aboard a cargo ship from almost anywhere in the world to New Zealand or home again... we can provide you with the adventure of a lifetime. You can visit places you have only dreamed about and return home with a store of adventures and memories to cherish...(more)


Location: Coromandel - Whitianga

Coromandel scenic boat tours operating from Whitianga. See the towering Shakespeare's cliffs and venture into Cooks blowhole, see Cooks Beach and visit Cathedral Cove. Visit and swim within the Marine Reserve. Explore the spectacular volcanic coastline, amazing sea caves including the impressive Orua cave. Five star Trip advisor rating and 2013, 14 and 15 excellence awards...(more)

PELORUS TOURS - Marlborough Sounds

Location: Marlborough - Marlborough Sounds

Pelorus Tours invite you to Discover the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. They provide services for: Boat hire, Transport, Tours, Cruises, Fishing, Scalloping, Pelorus Sounds Mussel Farm Cruises, Sounds Winery Tours, Educational Eco-Tours, Maud Island Tours, Garden Tours, DOC Bush walks, Corporate/Family Functions...(more)



Location: Marahau Beach

Abel Tasman Eco Tours and boat charters offer personalized boat and walking tours, exploring the treasures of the Abel Tasman, learn about the ecology and history of the area, with a relaxed atmosphere and expert guides. Choose from or combine our original boat/walking tour of the coast and our more intrepid tour of the stunning inland track...(more)


Location: Auckland - Auckland Harbour

Auckland Sea Shuttles will take you where you want, when you want. You can book a time that suits you! We're a professional chartered water-taxi service in the Hauraki Gulf, making Auckland and its neighbouring islands accessible for you to enjoy. We'll take you on family days out, fishing and diving trips, or around the harbour at night...(more)

BLACK CAT CRUISES - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Black Cat Cruises in Lyttelton Harbour provide ferry services to Quail Island and Diamond Harbour. Private charters also available. Discover and learn about the history of Quail Island, or pack a picnic and visit Diamond Harbour - great for swimming. Winner of the Supreme Tourism Award 2003/4...(more)


Location: Southland

Discover Stewart Island, a natural world of lush bush and stunning coastline, renowned for its abundant birdlife, crystal clear waters and rich marine life. We operate Stewart Island Ferry service, daytime and multi-day cruises, tours and car, scooter and mountain bike rentals...(more)


Location: Fiordland - Manapouri

Your friendly crew will welcome you aboard with a glass of bubbly to set the mood as you take in the majesty of this amazing World Heritage area. Enjoy cruising amongst breath-taking mountain scenery as your captain gives an informative commentary on the area, its' history and how Fiordland was formed, while playful bottle-nose dolphins swim alongside...(more)


Location: Auckland - Hauraki Gulf

Experience the breath-taking Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Departing directly from Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, be welcomed aboard our 20 metre, purpose-built vessel ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for an unforgettable marine mammal eco-safari out on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf. 4.5 hour eco-cruise on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, including guaranteed whale and dolphin viewing – or you get a free trip on us!..(more)

REAL JOURNEYS - Milford Sound

Location: Fiordland - Milford Sound

Real Journeys is a locally owned company offering an outstanding range of tours in Milford Sound. Both day and overnight cruises that explore this magnificent fiord. Luxury coach transfers from Queenstown and Te Anau and flight connections to and from Milford Sound and Queenstown...(more)

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT - Whitianga, Coromandel

Location: Coromandel

One to two hour boat cruises around Mercury Bay to take in spectacular Coromandel scenery including Cathedral Cove, and local marine reserve. Tours depart from Hahei onboard the Hahei Explorer and from Whitianga on the Glass Bottom Boat...(more)


Location: Waitangi

Vigilant Yacht Charters depart form Russell allowing you to enjoy cruising and exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands on a day or overnight charter. With countless beaches and coves at which to stop off, you may decide to spend your afternoon strolling along the sandy, white shoreline, relaxing on the beach or, taking your pick of the water activities offered...(more)

WAKA ABEL TASMAN - Kaiteriteri

Location: Marahau Beach

Group Journeys, Haerenga ā-rōpū.
Let us create a unique experience for your school, business, iwi, tour or team-building group. Paddle as a group along the coast, try your hand at racing, or ask us to design a customised adventure, especially for your crew. Watch fresh air, exercise and co-operation work their wonders. Each double-hulled waka seats a maximum of 11 people...(more)

SCENIC PACIFIC TOURS - Milford Sound, Fiordland

Location: Fiordland - Milford Sound

Tour New Zealand's stunning Fiordland National Park and cruise Milford Sound, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Daily tours from Christchurch and Queenstown. Our Milford Sound tours are exciting, refreshing and memorable - your trip of a lifetime. Explore the world famous Milford Sound in the Fiordland World Heritage Park and enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound...(more)


Location: Christchurch - Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

Sail with dolphins on New Zealand's oldest ketch, the Fox II. See seals, penguins, albatross, and other sea birds on this sailing experience; as crew, or simply relax. Quiet, eco-friendly green boat, two masts, six red sails. Food, refreshments, complimentary coffee/tea. 2.5 hours, departing twice daily from Dalys Wharf, Akaroa late Dec-May. Perfect for company functions, weddings or private charters...(more)

INTERISLANDER COOK STRAIT FERRY - Picton - Wellington - Picton

Location: Picton Ferry Terminal

The three-hour, 92-kilometre journey between Picton and Wellington is one of NZ's most iconic tourist experiences and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular ferry crossings in the world. Up to 11 crossings a day, carrying passengers and vehicles. Comfort, friendly hospitality and service with Wi-Fi, cinemas, premium lounges, children's playgrounds, en suite cabins and much more on board...(more)


Location: Queenstown

Mou Waho Island Nature Walk and Lake Cruise. Take a Cruise to this magical reserve and walk the track to the Arethusa Pool near the summit for stunning lake and alpine views. catch a glimpse of the rare flightless Buff Weka (half-day) or combine with a 4WD backcountry adventure for the Wanaka Nature Encounter (full day). Queenstown departures available...(more)


Location: Otago - North Catlins

Visit one of the world's few untouched areas with its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery. New Zealand's best wildlife tour. Our unrivalled 'Peninsula Encounter' offers close, exciting, small group viewing of royal albatross, hookers sealions, blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and yellow eyed penguins in a beautiful isolated area. New Zealand Tourism Award winner in four categories...(more)


Location: Russell

Experience the beautiful Bay of Islands as they did in Captain Cook's day and sail aboard the tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson. This sailing trip is the ideal way for you explore the Bay of Islands in comfort and style. Be part of the crew and help set the sails, or relax and let our friendly crew look after you...(more)


Location: Coromandel - Slipper Island

Take in Coromandel Icons like Cathedral Cove, Hahei Marine Reserve, and Cooks Beach, on an action-packed and chilled-out exploration of Mercury Bay. Pure Sailing Fun for just you, the great outdoors and the wind whistling through your hair! There is no better way to experience the Coromandel! Or even hire out the entire boat with our experienced skipper!..(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

This is one of those nature experiences that opens your mind to the magnificence of our natural environment and inhabitants. A must do in New Zealand. Recently listed by ‘Lonely Planet’ as one of the top 10 Marine Encounters Worldwide, snorkelling with fur seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. A true unique experience...(more)


Location: Picton Ferry Terminal

Experience warm 'Kiwi' hospitality when you cruise Cook Strait with the proudly New Zealand owned Bluebridge service. Offering spectacular scenery, friendly service, free big screen movies and a choice of up to four return sailings a day (except Christmas Day) between downtown Wellington and Picton—there's no better way to travel across Cook Strait...(more)


Location: Marlborough - Marlborough Sounds

Steadfast is a big, beautiful, gaff cutter based in glorious Marlborough Sounds offering traditional sailing at its best. Day cruises from French Pass, extended cruises throughout Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay. Available for both private and corporate charters. We also offer educational experiences to school groups. Join in the work of setting and handling sail, or just relax...(more)

ZIG ZAG CHARTERS - Mangonui, Northland

Location: Russell

Based at Mangonui in stunning Doubtless Bay on the east coast of Northland, New Zealand. Zig Zag Charters offer full day and overnight boat charters as well as day and half-day trips for individual passengers. Our yacht, Zig Zag, is a very stable 58-foot catamaran with two full-bathrooms and two double-berth cabins. Licensed for up to 30 passengers...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Home to the rare, playful Hector's Dolphin is the beautiful harbour of Akaroa, near Christchurch. Come on our two-hour nature cruise where we guarantee you will see dolphins or join us another day for FREE, you will also see fur seals, penguins and marine birdlife. Swimming with dolphins is available in Akaroa Harbour. Winner of the Supreme Tourism Award 2003/4...(more)

R&R KAYAKS - Abel Tasman National Park

Location: Nelson - Motueka District

We are a small family-owned sea kayak company. Take advantage of our many years of industry experience and extensive local knowledge. The Abel Tasman National Park is a special place to our family (whānau) and we are excited to share its history and natural beauty with you. Our base is brand new and purpose built - just for sea kayaking!..(more)


Location: Northland

Join the crew of the Manawanui on an exciting three-day sailing expedition around the Bay of Islands. Go snorkelling in crystal clear waters, kayaking around uninhabited islands, try catching your own fresh seafood or enjoy walking on deserted beaches to experience the true magic of this special part of New Zealand. At night we anchor in secluded bays...(more)

GULF ECO ADVENTURES - Sandspit, Auckland

Location: Auckland

Fully guided and catered charters on our beautiful 11m launch, Kokomo. Ready to take you on an adventure of your choice. Discover remote islands and great dive spots in the 1.2 million hectares of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park...(more)


Location: Nelson - Kaiteriteri

Cruise along the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline, past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands and on to Tonga Island seal colony with the team at Abel Tasman Charters. Other options include an exclusive 6 hour getaway charter, a Winery Tour followed by Scenic Cruise with gourmet lunch and a combined Cruise/Helicopter experience...(more)


Location: Kerikeri

Our yacht Zindabar is an 18.3 metre (60 foot), Greg Elliott designed high performance cruiser. We offer you an affordable exclusive cruise aboard our immaculately presented yacht. The best way to see the Bay of Islands is from the water and we know how to make your experience memorable. Zindabar is available for day/overnight cruises, an ideal family charter yacht...(more)

SEA CAVE ADVENTURES - Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula

Location: Coromandel

Snorkel with the fish & marine life in Gemstone Bay or swim in the amazing waters of Orua Bay. Visit the world famous Cathedral Cove. View and photograph all of this, safely, from our purpose built boat. Slowly cruise inside the incredible sea-caves, and enjoy the natural beauty of the golden Beaches, offshore islands, spectacular blowholes and towering rock faces...(more)

BAY OF ISLANDS SAILING/GUNGHA II - Bay of Islands and Beyond

Location: Northland - Bay of Islands

For an awesome day sailing adventure, don't go past Gungha Bay of Islands sailing. With our 65-foot go-fast Maxi Yacht your cruise is guaranteed to be exciting, funny and informal. Unique island stopover, snorkel gear, kayaks and yummy fresh lunch included! Departs Paihia and Russell daily. Freephone 0800 478 900...(more)

AKAROA SAILING CRUISES - Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Location: Christchurch - Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

Our environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour is one of a kind! Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms without disrupting their environment, before having some basic, personal sail training. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Guests will love this 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour...(more)

KAWAU CRUISES - Sandspit, Auckland

Location: North Island

Kawau Cruises invite you to enjoy a romantic weekend away, corporate retreat, wedding destination, holiday with the family or a short break with friends. It doesn't matter what excuse you use to spend more time on the truly unique, scenic and historic wonderland of Kawau Island, or destinations in the Hauraki Gulf - Kawau Cruises ensure a hassle-free occasion...(more)


Location: Bay of Plenty

Join a Scenic Cruise on the iconic KEWPIE, cruising the inner Tauranga Harbour and visiting isolated islands and peninsulas. There are options to Hop-on Hop-off at Matakana Island at no extra cost. Join us on the scheduled 1hr Scenic Cruises or hire the vessel for a scenic tour, corporate or party cruise. Licenced Bar...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

We won't be beaten on price. Fishing charters for up to 8 people. Range of individual and exclusive charters. Very competitive rates. All top quality equipment provided. Impeccable safety record. Catch filleted and bagged. Our friendly and knowledgeable crew welcome all levels of experience. Fishing within minutes of leaving the shore. Dive charters and scenic tours are also available...(more)


Location: Fiordland

Experience isolated, beautiful Doubtful Sound aboard the MV Southern Secret as part of our personalised tour of Doubtful Sound. By day watch playful marine animals such as dolphins, seals and penguins that call the fiord home; at night listen for the calls of Morepork or Weka! Activities include fishing, swimming and star gazing. Join our wonderful journey of discovery today...(more)


Location: Taupo - Taupo Town

Sail Barbary offers relaxation, fun and adventure. Barbary is equipped for all conditions—if the wind dies down her eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, or if you fancy a real sailing adventure, come aboard when the wind is up, and enjoy sailing Lake Taupo at its best (and quietest!). Barbary has been sailing to Taupo's iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1983...(more)


Location: Christchurch

This exciting Akaroa boat cruise will take you outside the harbour and beside steep cliffs, archways and sea caves. The area around Akaroa is amazing - come explore it with a knowledgeable, local skipper onboard our comfortable, classic Kauri launch. Enjoy and photograph stunning scenery and abundant bird and wild life including the rare Hectors dolphins, fur seals and penguins...(more)


Location: Wanaka - Wanaka Town

As one of the most highly-rated activities on Lake Wanaka, a cruise will immerse you in scenery only experienced from the water. Discover the outstanding natural landscapes and the fascinating natural history of Lake Wanaka aboard the 55ft luxury catamaran Dual Image. For something those with different in mind from our regular cruises, Dual Image is available for private charter...(more)


Location: Bay of Plenty

Your exciting day begins early-morning as you board the Bay Explorer at the Tauranga waterfront. We cruise through the beautiful harbour, & past the landmark volcanic mountain Mauao. We explore the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline to watch marine wildlife. You can choose to explore even more at the islands. Optional activities include swimming, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)...(more)

FISH & CRUISE - Wanaka

Location: Wanaka

Fish & Cruise Wanaka operates year-round, giving you the chance to enjoy the lake in comfort with our experienced local skippers. Lake Wanaka is a sparkling gem in the heart of the Southern Alps – a vast body of crystal clear water fed by glacial streams and fringed with native bush, hidden beaches and snowcapped mountains...(more)


Location: Dunedin - Otago Peninsula

Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours is a multi-award winner including three New Zealand Tourism Awards. Get up close to our unique southern ocean animals like the Albatross, seals, ocean birds, penguins and other mammals. One-hour cruises or half and full-day options which can include other peninsula attractions like Penguin Place, Larnach Castle and the Albatross Centre...(more)