For the Bay of Islands’ best night out join Darryl’s Dinner Cruise for an extra special, leisurely 2 1/2 hour cruise up the Waitangi River aboard the ‘Ratanui’ to Haruru Falls. Take in the superb coastal scenery and wildlife and enjoy a stunning 2 course dinner with a distinctive New Zealand flavour, whilst sipping a drink served from our fully licensed bar. For ‘lunch in style’ we also offer a lunch cruise that cruises the inland waterways of Opua and Okiato before arriving at Russell, taking in native birdlife, vineyards and marine wildlife.
Darryl’s Dinner Cruise is more than dinner and more than a cruise. At Paihia Wharf board ‘Ratanui’ which has been purpose built as a floating venue and has comfortable seating and drop down tables for this wonderful dining experience and all set in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Relax as we leave Paihia Wharf and leisurely cruise towards Waitangi and the estuary of the river heading towards Haruru Falls, our skippers will entertain you offering an informal commentary about the flora and fauna you will see enroute and the history of the region. Enjoy a wonderful starter of prawns, mussels, breads and dips accompanied by a selection of drinks from our fully licensed bar.
On reaching Haruru Falls which showcases a breathtaking waterfall in the shape of a horseshoe there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had before dinner is served. As the sun goes down dine on a scrumptious meal choosing from BBQ T-Bone Steak, Steamed New Zealand fish or Rack of Lamb (vegetarian meal offered on pre order) accompanied by locally grown gourmet potatoes, kumara and freshly prepared salads.
Lunch in style on our ‘Lunch to Russell Cruise’ cruising the calm inland waterways of Opua and Okiato taking in stunning scenery as we pass Omata Estate Vineyard and Oyster farms. As we turn towards Russell we serve you lunch from our delightful menu that has a unique New Zealand flavour, choose from venison, lamb or fish as you take in the local landscape including native birds and marine wildlife.