Hospitality & Party Cruises
Your Private functions onboard.

Scheduled 1hr Scenic Cruises
Hop on/Hop off Matakana island

Tauranga Harbour (Te awanui).


  • Sightseeing Tour Agency
  • Boat Tour Agency


Discover these calm inland waters.
This harbour is regarded as the Bay of Plenty gateway to the Pacific Ocean, and the entrance to New Zealand's largest port. It features our best diversity of landscapes from untouched white sandy beaches, lush green forests, to small village settlements and in contrast the massive highly developed port infrastructure.

The MAUAO (Mountain) cruise. CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE
1-hour licenced bar
Departs: Pilot Bay wharf Mt Maunganui (base of the mountain walking track)
Times: 11:00 12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00
licenced bar, coffee, snacks.
Be rewarded with sights and scenery invisible from the land. Cruise through beautiful islands and beaches within the Tauranga Harbour. A true photographer's delight! There is an abundance of wildlife including penguins, seabirds, fish and occasional marine mammals all just waiting to be explored.

The MATAKANA Sunset cruise (Wednesday nights only, bookings required)
2 1/2-hour licensed bar
Departs: Strand Pier Tauranga (opposite STARBUCKS)
Times: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Discover the inner harbour scenery and Port of Tauranga. Get close-up with visiting cruise ships, cargo and container ships. Our cruise travels through the Tauranga inner harbour, the Stella Passage, and then west into a spectacular watery setting nestled by the islands Matakana, Rangiwhaea and Motuhoa, surrounded by the grand Kaimai range and the setting sun.

Your next function can be celebrated on your own cruise boat.
Cruise the beautiful Tauranga Harbour and its surrounding islands by day or night!

Book now with BAY EXPLORER and be hosted by our friendly professional staff on MV KEWPIE

The BEACH PARTY CRUISE (book your own party)
4-hour licensed bar and BBQ and DJ (optional)
Departs: Strand Pier Tauranga (opposite STARBUCKS)
Enjoy a summer beach party on a boat. Be rewarded with great sights and sounds, mix it with other friendly passengers all wanting fun in the sun.
Cruise through beautiful islands and beaches with our friendly beach crew....beach clothes required!

Food and Beverages
Onboard licensed bar
Wide range of beverages
Professional catering.
Finger food, BBQ, Spit Roast, Seafood, Desserts, Cheeseboards. (available for groups only)

Enclosed with central heating.
Separate lounge bar, dance floor, cruise deck
Sound system DVDs, CDs, Sky Music, Ipod connection.
Flat screen TVs and Sky

If you are coming to Bay of Plenty expecting to see the spectacular scenery or have lived here all your life, you will not want to miss cruising with Bay Explorer aboard the historic M.V. KEWPIE, located right in Tauranga !


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