We provide several 90 minute scenic boat tours each day, departing from Tairua and Pauanui. An abundance of marine and bird life, volcanic rock formations, birds and downright beautiful scenery awaits. Our tours are run by professional watermen and proud locals, with a wealth of knowledge on the area. This is a tour for the whole family.
Minutes per tour
Passengers per tour
Adults tickets (from)
Children 16 & Under (from)
90 to 120 minutes / Trip route Varies
*Trip route Varies
Meet at Tairua Marina. Tickets must be booked online, prior to arriving at the marina. We can offer tickets on the spot but we can’t guarantee a space on the boat.
Only accessible by boat, this place has provided a safe anchorage for passing vessels. Also a haven for Kiwi and a great stand of Kauri trees. One of NZ's premier mainland pest control success stories.
Characterised by it’s distinctive rocky profiles and amazing wildlife, the Aldermen Islands are a favourite. An important nature reserve, it is regarded as one of the best open water dive sites in New Zealand.
Sailors Grave, also known as Te Karo Bay, is a beach north of Tairua, a popular surf and picnic spot, home to the actual site of the Sailors Grave and a coastal walking track.
A beautiful natural island. Largely uninhabited by people. Classified as an area of ‘outstanding natural character’, there’s beautiful rock formations and plenty of marine and bird life. An iconic landmark from Tairua.
A rich Maori history dating back hundreds of years coupled with a strong modern history. From sheep shearing and farming to fierce tribal battles, this wonderful Island has many a story to tell.
“Geology, marine and historical facts along with a beautiful comfy ride to witness up close the stunning islands and rock formations. Well worth the trip”
“The best boat tour... Amazing local knowledge from these guys. My kids loved it”
“Great to have something fun for the whole family leaving from Tairua, we need it!”
“Seriously knowledgeable, I've been on twice and learned something new both times”
“I hadn't even heard of the Alderman Islands, I was totally blown away”
Do you provide life jackets?
Yes, definitely. We provide life jackets for all ages. We have first aid and additional safety gear on board at all times.
Can we be picked up from Pauanui?
Yes. Pauanui can be selected as your departure location through the booking platform.
Do you offer private charters or group bookings?
Yes. Contact us directly about designing a personal charter to suit your group. Choose your own destination, time period, and theme. We can also cater charters to Slipper Island based guests. This could include Cathedral Cove, which is just a 25 minute boat trip north of Tairua. Price on application.
Do you offer a water taxi service?
Yes. Contact us here. Transport options available to Slipper Island. Vessel drop off/pick up to local spots by arrangement. Advance notice required, weather dependent. Price on application.
Tairua/Pauanui harbour and Waterway cruises
Yes. Contact us directly for a fun and interesting perspective on this beautiful harbour.
Adults tickets from $110
Children (16 & Under) from $60
(Children under 3 no charge)
Family $290 (2 adults/2 children)
Family $340 (2 adults/3 children)
Payment options: Book online with Visa or Mastercard
FREEPHONE NZ: 027 843 8294
INTL PHONE: +64 278 438 294
EMAIL: [email protected]
Tour times will vary. Up to date info and times are available through the booking platform.
Departs from Tairua marina. Check in time is 10 minutes before your departure. We also provide a pickup service from Pauanui. Please specify your pickup location when booking.
Trip times and itineraries may change due to weather conditions to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers.
Specialty Tours available. Price on application.