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About Kawau Cruises
Escape for a day to beautiful Kawau Island, home to a pristine wildlife reserve surrounded by the calm clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Kawau Island Super Cruise takes you from Sandspit, just a short drive North of Auckland city, to follow the Royal Mail delivery route around Kawau - the longest mail run by watercraft in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the perfect way to take in the Island's many stunning bays and gain insight into what life is like for the 70 or so permanent residents who call the road-less Island home. Learn about the history of the Island and take in amazing views while your experienced skipper points out significant landmarks and sights of interest. Watch Gannets and other seabirds on the hunt for their lunch. Don't forget to keep a close eye out for Dolphins, Penguins and other interesting sea creatures that might show up for a visit. Arriving ashore at Mansion House Bay there is plenty of time to explore your beautiful surroundings. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy, visit the historic Mansion House and stroll through the stunning subtropical gardens alive with native birds such as Tui, Kereru and the cheeky Weka. Proud Peacocks and shy Wallabies call the gardens their home so keep your camera on hand to catch a unique photo opportunity. Enjoy the numerous walking tracks that beckon you to beautiful beaches. Along the way, discover and explore ancient Maori Pa sites and the ruins of a seashore copper mine once worked by early settlers. Pack your swimwear and some snorkeling gear in summer to explore the crystal clear waters teeming with marine life. Return Cruise Price: $68 Adult (16+) $34 Child (5-15 years) FREE Preschool (0-4 years) Please note: The Department of Conservation charges a small fee on the day for entry to the historic Mansion House ($4 adults, $2 Children, Under 5s free) Departs Sandspit Wharf 10:30 am daily - Returns from Mansion House 2pm
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Aunty126 wrote a review Jun 2021
wanganui43 contributions34 helpful votes
Went on the Royal Mail Run and couldn't have been any better. Staff were fantastic and the captain took the time to take us to a pod of dolphins. Dropped off at the Mansion which although not open, was lovely to wander around. Had BBQ lunch which was excellent. On the way home, pod of dolphins played behind the boat which was just magical and again the captain took the time to ensure we could enjoy this wonderful experience. Highly recommend this adventure.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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TheBarrsNZ wrote a review May 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand451 contributions67 helpful votes
We went on the bbq lunch mail run cruise. Lovelynrelaxing day....seats are comfy, lunch was tasty and enjoyed the views. Stopped at Kawau for a couple of hours (you must get off) and took a walk and went into the museum. The weather was not that great but would be wonderful on a clear sunny day and to take your togs. Trip back was good too.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Scenic824330 wrote a review May 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand31 contributions3 helpful votes
Travelled in the off season with just 4 tourists including us. Very windy but this didn't affect the trip. Really enjoyed the commentary and the experience. As off season Mansion house and Cafe were closed but this wasn't a problem for us. Used a Grabone with lunch included which while basic (steak sandwich) was very nice and filling. All round good trip to do.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Ruth wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
What a great day out, with information along the way about the islands. We had a grab one deal. We had lunch with beautiful salmon and salad. Had a chance to chill out at Mansion house. Would recommend as a great day out.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Sandra S wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions24 helpful votes
The Royal Mail Cruise was excellent, excellent lunch. The captain gave great commentary, and the staff worked hard delivering mail and goods to the various folk at their jetties. The scenery is lovely - just perfect. Time to go into Mansion House and a gentle walk around. You can a shorter cruise which gives you more time to visit the island, and have a swim.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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