Sight Seeing

 Kawau Cruises Daily Super Cruise

logoFINALEver 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.

Cruise the beautiful bays, gaining a rare glimpse into life on an island that has no roads. From the comfort of our large and luxurious ferry you will have uninterrupted 180 degree views of this scenic wonderland and historic landmarks, while your experienced and informative skipper guides you around over 75 different wharves delivering freight and mail to the island residents.

While on the mail run, you can watch Gannet birds diving for food and hear the melodic call of the Tui bird – don’t forget to keep a watch out for penguins & dolphins!pest-free-warrant-logo-transp

A traditional kiwi BBQ lunch enjoyed aboard the boat is an optional extra, or you can take your picnic ashore and enjoy it in the historic Mansion House grounds and subtropical gardens, where Wekas, Wallabies & Peacocks abound.

This is a once in a lifetime cruise, and is definitely one not to be missed!

Departs daily at 10.30am
For more info or to view map visit
Phone 09 425 8006 or 0800 111 616
Bookings Essential.


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Kawau Cruises Daily Mansion House Cruise

royalmail-cruiseThe perfect day trip with so many choices you’ll want to do it over & over again!

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.

Quietly amble through the elegant subtropical gardens with Weka, Wallabies and Peacocks.

Enjoy freshly roasted coffee and tempting treats at the Café, or take a short stroll to swim in the clear waters of sandy Lady’s Bay. It’s an easy walk to the lookout for spectacular views of the Coppermine.

The more active can relive history by following the Miners Track through bush and along the foreshore to the Coppermine itself (fun for the kids) or follow Redwoods Track over to School House Bay, experiencing native NZ bush with Tuis, Wood Pigeons and even Kiwis.

Departs daily at 10.30am (& 2.30pm during summer season)
For more info or to view map visit
Phone 09 425 8006 or 0800 111 616
Bookings Essential.

Norma Jean Charters


Norma Jean Charters can offer you a half day or a full day to experience the sights and wonders of Kawau and it’s surrounding Islands.

Enjoy a scenic tour and an overview of Kawau’s history. Stop off at the Kawau Yacht Club for a delicious lunch, or take a bush walk and enjoy a picnic lunch at Mansion House with the Peacocks and Wekas.


Have fun kayaking around the old Copper Mine or the ruins of a half sunken boat in Shipwreck Bay. Or if it’s fishing you’re into – we will find the best spots. Doc Approved Pest Free OperatorAlso available are overnight charter and


trips to Little Barrier and Tiritiri Matangi, All prices upon enquiry.

The Norma Jean is DOC Approved.

Call to discuss your day out on the Norma Jean / Piers Barney M: +64 27 218 4595 / After Hours: +64 9 422 2286 / E: