Whangaroa Harbour Water Transport

Whangaroa Harbour Water Transport

Whangaroa Harbour Water Transport
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Taxis & Shuttles • Boat Tours
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The water-taxi 'Waihi' is a comfortable purpose built vessel on which to enjoy the magnificent scenery and interesting history. Knowledgable local skippers share their stories of the harbour. The colonial and early contact of the 1800's and Whangaroa's busy days of the 1900s where the economy was based on fishing, boat building and the kauri timber trade. Whangaroa Harbour is hard to beat for pristine scenery. It is a beautiful and uniquely idyllic place. The natural beauty of the area shines through: pure nature in all it's glory. The outer reaches have amazing outcrops and rock formations which tumble into the lush green bush growing right down to the waters edge. There are many beautiful beaches and bays only accessible by water. Be picked up from Lane Cove walking track and be returned to Totara North, Lunch at Kingfish Lodge, or take our 90 minute Discover Whangaroa Harbour Tour.
Whangaroa, New Zealand

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PamelaWaitakere
Waitakere City, New Zealand2 contributions
Oct 2021
Whangaroa Harbour Adventures - Houseboat for 2 nights

A wonderful experience in a beautiful harbour in the far North of New Zealand.
We went with 2 other couples to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversaries. We fished and caught some decent scnapper; kayaked and swam off the boat. We anchored d up in 2 sheltered coves overnight and enjoyed the peace and quiet. The landscape is amazing.
The owners were very accommodating and friendly. Thank you.
Written November 7, 2021
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Alison
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Walt was really friendly and helpful confirming before we booked that the Wairakau Stream track was open and safe. The service was efficient, on time and friendly. The unspoilt beauty of the volcanic rock viewed from the taxi between Totara North and Lane Cove Hut was spectacular. Fully recommend the water taxi, the route and the hike!
Written June 2, 2021
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Swee
8 contributions
Feb 2021
It was super easy to book our water taxi ride from Totora North to Lane Cove Hut. Everything was arranged and paid on their website. Confirmation was received instantly. The nice gentleman who picked us up from Totora North Wharf pointed out interesting sights along the ride and also slowed down for us to take photos of Duke's Nose. We had to get our feet wet to get on land upon arrival at Lane Cove Hut but it's not a hassle as our feet dried off quickly while resting at the drop off point.
Written February 22, 2021
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Chris B
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Jan 2023
We'll never know what our guide Luke does & doesn't know about the Whangaroa Harbour, because most of us on board were unable to hear 80% of what he said. In mildly breezy conditions and in the complete absence of any sound system, the only person in our group who could hear any of the rather sporadic commentary was the person in the co-pilot seat. Any observations offered by the guide each time he turned back to the helm were completely inaudible to everyone at the back of the boat.
We were extremely disappointed in the quality of the commentary - all of our party knew more about the 'Boyd' than our guide did. There was very scant information provided about all the unique geology of the harbour shoreline.
Our day ended with apologetically taking $90 off each of our guests to pay for their underwhelming experience.
A $300 investment in a headset microphone & bluetooth speakers, plus some extensive swatting-up by the guide will be essential before we advise anyone to sign up for this trip.
Written January 23, 2023
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dionb24
Auckland, New Zealand45 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
This is our third trip with Marcus. He is polite, knowledgeable, on time and has a great boat. We walked the Wairākau stream track to Lane Cove, then up Duke's Head. Then Marcus dropped us back to Tōtara North. Highly recommend
Written January 23, 2021
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Jane G
Mangawhai, New Zealand8 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
We spent a great couple of hours on the Water taxi with Mark who gave us so much insight into the history of the harbour and present activities. Beautiful scenery, fascinating rock formations and clear waters, Even had a seal to entertain us.
Would recommend a visit.
Written April 17, 2017
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Colin582
Melbourne263 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Whangaroa Harbour is a series of picture postcards. The trip around the harbour shows the varied rock formations both inside and outside of the heads. Mark's commentary on the history of the place is interesting and entertaining. His boat rides well, you stay dry and spend the time wondering how you can get to live in this idyllic place.
Written February 26, 2017
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aussietraveller49
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful harbours in the North Island and has the advantage that it is quiet and well away from the usual tourist cruises. The tour commentary gives a great background to the area and its history but most importantly takes you to some of the most beautiful secluded bays and then to the narrow entrance to the harbour. A must if you are coming to Whangaroa.
Written January 6, 2017
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Tusitala12
Whangaroa, New Zealand15 contributions
Mar 2016
A 1.5 hour boat ride, with just max of 12 people together. Out in the fresh air, riding the calm waters of this sheltered inland natural harbour; go where no roads go! This Whangaroa is a very special place; undiscovered even by many New Zealanders. Crazy rock formations like the Pancakes, the Duke's Nose, the Wedding Cake; 5 arms off harbour leading to private sandy beaches and bays; no houses but one DOC hut for overnights in the utter seclusion of Pekapeka bay; Wow, this is certainly worth while! no fear of sea sickness, the harbour is perfectly sheltered and the captain so considerate.
Written May 9, 2016
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travellerj60
West Kelowna, Canada213 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Our Whangaroa Harbour Tour happened on a foggy, rainy day & it couldn’t have been better! The rock formations around the harbour have a prehistoric feeling & the mists just added to that...it felt like it could have been hundreds of years ago.
Marcus & Claire are extremely knowledgeable and tell wonderful stories of life in the harbour before & after explorers & settlers arrived.
Highly recommended.
Written February 21, 2019
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