Escape To
Kawau Island
A Hidden Taonga in the Hauraki Gulf.
Wildlife, Shipwrecks, Mansion House & More

FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE

We offer an efficient, fast speed, water taxi service and regular shuttle service to Kawau Island.

REASONABLE RATES

We offer comfortable, reliable and efficient services at reasonable rates. Under 5’s free.

QUALIFIED SKIPPERS

Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience.

Why Choose Us?

ROYAL MAIL RUN CRUISE!

Ever wanted to explore an island that has no road access? Want to learn more about the people living there? This is your opportunity, with the Royal Mail Run Cruise!

KAWAU WATER TAXIS

Our purpose built water taxis, can deliver you to more than just a destination – we service the greater Hauraki Gulf.

PEST-FREE WARRANT

Our vessels at Kawau Cruises have been given a Pest-free Warrant by DOC and Auckland Council, showing we are meeting biosecurity standards for visiting pest-free islands and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

Wharf to Wharf
Water taxis on the Hauraki Gulf at a time that suits you, 24/7

Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience. We operate a water taxi service and regular shuttle service to Kawau Island.

Our purpose built water taxis, can deliver you to more than just a destination – we service the greater Hauraki Gulf so can drop you on one of many uninhabited beaches, perfect fishing spots or to join a friends boat

Water Taxi License Capacity: 16 passengers.

Royal Mail Run Cruise
Fast, Efficient, Relaxing, explore the beauty of Kawau Island

Departs Sandspit Daily at 10:30am

Ever wanted to explore an island that has no road access?  Want to learn more about the people living there?  This is your opportunity, with the Royal Mail Run Cruise!

This is the largest mail run by water in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a delightfully relaxing way for people of all ages to learn about the history and admire the natural beauty of Kawau Island.

Mansion House Cruise
The perfect day trip with so many choices you'll want to do it over & over again!

Departs Sandspit Daily at 10:30am

Sir George Grey, the third Governor of NZ purchased Kawau Island in 1862 and began establishing a ‘Garden of Eden’ including transforming the old Copper Mine Manager’s house into an imposing mansion.

Wander through the carefully restored Mansion House and admire the many artifacts gleaned from his travels through the Pacific, or marvel at the everyday objects of the Victorian era.

111shiwa
111shiwa
kawau cruise
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It was great watching the boat berth at all the jetties to deliver mail and groceries. The skipper gave excellent commentaries. We were lucky because it was a sunny day.
Warrick L
Warrick L
Cool Kawau cruise
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We took the Royal mail cruise in early March, fortunately the weather was fine and the water was flat making for a smooth ride, the Captain's onboard commentary was very informative as we stopped at several places to drop off supplies, the staff are friendly. The Island is just beautiful, We swam at Ladys bay, a short walk from Mansion house and the walf, The walking trails are well maintained and easy walking for reasonable able people. We would definitely recommend this activity. 👍🙂
Gregory W
Gregory W
Kawau Royal Mail Cruise
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A fantastic day out. Beautiful views of the Mahurangi harbor and a special glimpse into life on secluded Kawau Island as you deliver mail and goods to the homes' private docks. And the governor's mansion on the island is amazing...as is the coffee at the cafe and the company provided by the local peacocks. Look for GraboOne discounts. Not to be missed!!
Sue F
Sue F
Super way to relax and see beauty
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A super day away from the crowded places. This is a leisurely day trip with a stop of at Kawau Island Mansion House. What an amazing house it was and is. The birds that stop by to say hello are beautiful, the old trees and gardens are amazing. We just loved the entire trip really. What is great is that the boat pulls into jetty's to drop supplies off to folks on the island and you get a glimpse of their lives on the island. Very interesting. Our day was calm and not too hot so pretty perfect all round.
Vivienne F
Vivienne F
Nostalgic Trip for ex resident
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We took my elderly mother back to Kawau Island for a nostalgic trip as she lived there in 1953. The people on the ferry could not have been nicer or more accommodating. They made sure the trip there and back included all her old haunts. Thanks to Robyn and Ian for the fabulous trip. You guys are awesome
cliffyyy
cliffyyy
Captain McCloud, the best.
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We booked the cruise early as we had visitors from Melbourne & didnt want to miss out. The day arrived, the weather was terrible, after our beautiful summer this day decided to pour with rain. WE were the only four passengers to Mansion house, it turned out to be one of the best days of our holiday, Captain was fantastic, came & sat with us & gave a fascinating commentary on Governor Grey his life & times & the surrounding bays & inlets. Mansion House was interesting, we were the only people at the cafe, had a lovely freshly prepared hot lunch, friendly staff all the way. Highly recommended.
AucklandCarol
AucklandCarol
Stunning scenery, beautiful day
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We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, we chose a day with great weather. The commentary was very good and interesting. The Mail was dropped off at several wharfs and the bays were gorgeous. We opted for the barbecue lunch which was steak or salmon, with salad, dressing and ciabatta bread roll and a soft drink. We managed to get a Grab One voucher and felt we got good value. All staff pleasant and friendly.
BeachLover289
BeachLover289
Kawau Island Mail Run Cruise
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Beautiful scenic trip along Kawau Island leaving from Sandspit. Fantastic commentary given by the boats captain which adds to the interest . Stop at Mansion House Bay for lunch . We took our own picnic but the cafe was open or there was the option of a bbq lunch on board . Beautiful park grounds with to walk around & birds to admire . Lovely bay for a swim . A must do trip for locals & tourists .
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Visit Us

Sandspit Wharf, End of Sandspit Road, Sandspit, Warkworth

Phone: (09) 425 8006 or 0800 111 616
Email: info@kawauwatertaxis.co.nz

Escape To
Kawau Island
A Hidden Taonga in the Hauraki Gulf.
Wildlife, Shipwrecks, Mansion House & More
Why Choose Us?

FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE

We offer an efficient, fast speed, water taxi service and regular shuttle service to Kawau Island.

REASONABLE RATES

We offer comfortable, reliable and efficient services at reasonable rates. Under 5’s free.

QUALIFIED SKIPPERS

Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience.

ROYAL MAIL RUN CRUISE!

Ever wanted to explore an island that has no road access? Want to learn more about the people living there? This is your opportunity, with the Royal Mail Run Cruise!

KAWAU WATER TAXIS

Our purpose built water taxis, can deliver you to more than just a destination – we service the greater Hauraki Gulf.

PEST-FREE WARRANT

Our vessels at Kawau Cruises have been given a Pest-free Warrant by DOC and Auckland Council, showing we are meeting biosecurity standards for visiting pest-free islands and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

Wharf to Wharf
Water taxis on the Hauraki Gulf at a time that suits you, 24/7

Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience. We operate a water taxi service and regular shuttle service to Kawau Island.

Our purpose built water taxis, can deliver you to more than just a destination – we service the greater Hauraki Gulf so can drop you on one of many uninhabited beaches, perfect fishing spots or to join a friends boat

Water Taxi License Capacity: 16 passengers.

Royal Mail Run Cruise
Fast, Efficient, Relaxing, explore the beauty of Kawau Island

Departs Sandspit Daily at 10:30am

Ever wanted to explore an island that has no road access?  Want to learn more about the people living there?  This is your opportunity, with the Royal Mail Run Cruise!

This is the largest mail run by water in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a delightfully relaxing way for people of all ages to learn about the history and admire the natural beauty of Kawau Island.

Mansion House Cruise
The perfect day trip with so many choices you'll want to do it over & over again!

Departs Sandspit Daily at 10:30am

Sir George Grey, the third Governor of NZ purchased Kawau Island in 1862 and began establishing a ‘Garden of Eden’ including transforming the old Copper Mine Manager’s house into an imposing mansion.

Wander through the carefully restored Mansion House and admire the many artifacts gleaned from his travels through the Pacific, or marvel at the everyday objects of the Victorian era.

111shiwa
111shiwa
kawau cruise
Read More
It was great watching the boat berth at all the jetties to deliver mail and groceries. The skipper gave excellent commentaries. We were lucky because it was a sunny day.
Warrick L
Warrick L
Cool Kawau cruise
Read More
We took the Royal mail cruise in early March, fortunately the weather was fine and the water was flat making for a smooth ride, the Captain's onboard commentary was very informative as we stopped at several places to drop off supplies, the staff are friendly. The Island is just beautiful, We swam at Ladys bay, a short walk from Mansion house and the walf, The walking trails are well maintained and easy walking for reasonable able people. We would definitely recommend this activity. 👍🙂
Gregory W
Gregory W
Kawau Royal Mail Cruise
Read More
A fantastic day out. Beautiful views of the Mahurangi harbor and a special glimpse into life on secluded Kawau Island as you deliver mail and goods to the homes' private docks. And the governor's mansion on the island is amazing...as is the coffee at the cafe and the company provided by the local peacocks. Look for GraboOne discounts. Not to be missed!!
Sue F
Sue F
Super way to relax and see beauty
Read More
A super day away from the crowded places. This is a leisurely day trip with a stop of at Kawau Island Mansion House. What an amazing house it was and is. The birds that stop by to say hello are beautiful, the old trees and gardens are amazing. We just loved the entire trip really. What is great is that the boat pulls into jetty's to drop supplies off to folks on the island and you get a glimpse of their lives on the island. Very interesting. Our day was calm and not too hot so pretty perfect all round.
Vivienne F
Vivienne F
Nostalgic Trip for ex resident
Read More
We took my elderly mother back to Kawau Island for a nostalgic trip as she lived there in 1953. The people on the ferry could not have been nicer or more accommodating. They made sure the trip there and back included all her old haunts. Thanks to Robyn and Ian for the fabulous trip. You guys are awesome
cliffyyy
cliffyyy
Captain McCloud, the best.
Read More
We booked the cruise early as we had visitors from Melbourne & didnt want to miss out. The day arrived, the weather was terrible, after our beautiful summer this day decided to pour with rain. WE were the only four passengers to Mansion house, it turned out to be one of the best days of our holiday, Captain was fantastic, came & sat with us & gave a fascinating commentary on Governor Grey his life & times & the surrounding bays & inlets. Mansion House was interesting, we were the only people at the cafe, had a lovely freshly prepared hot lunch, friendly staff all the way. Highly recommended.
AucklandCarol
AucklandCarol
Stunning scenery, beautiful day
Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, we chose a day with great weather. The commentary was very good and interesting. The Mail was dropped off at several wharfs and the bays were gorgeous. We opted for the barbecue lunch which was steak or salmon, with salad, dressing and ciabatta bread roll and a soft drink. We managed to get a Grab One voucher and felt we got good value. All staff pleasant and friendly.
BeachLover289
BeachLover289
Kawau Island Mail Run Cruise
Read More
Beautiful scenic trip along Kawau Island leaving from Sandspit. Fantastic commentary given by the boats captain which adds to the interest . Stop at Mansion House Bay for lunch . We took our own picnic but the cafe was open or there was the option of a bbq lunch on board . Beautiful park grounds with to walk around & birds to admire . Lovely bay for a swim . A must do trip for locals & tourists .
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Sandspit Wharf, End of Sandspit Road, Sandspit, Warkworth

Phone: (09) 425 8006 or 0800 111 616
Email: info@kawauwatertaxis.co.nz

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Level 2 Timetable

This runs from August 31st 2020 until further notice.

You must, unless you have an exemption, wear a mask or face covering on water taxis and ferries.

Early-offs are first come first serve and a limited number of passengers as social distancing still applies.

Please make your bookings as early as possible, preferably 2 days in advance at the latest. All bookings are essential. We cannot take walk-ins at this stage. Phone: (09) 425 8006 or 0800 111 616 e-mail: info@kawauwatertaxis.co.nz

The office will be open every day to accept deliveries. All deliveries must be made before 4pm.

Private water taxis are still available.

Thanks – The Kawau Cruise Team