Darryl and his family had a dream 21 years ago, to start their own business showing visitors their backyard – the Bay of Islands, ‘The Winterless North’. Offering travellers food and refreshments is a kiwi tradition, so why not pair it with a relaxing river cruise to see the Haruru Falls up the Waitangi River
Depart from Paihia Wharf and join Darryl and the crew on board the Ratanui, a custom-built river cruising boat, made for gliding through the water of the calm inland waterways. This 2.5 hour cruise will take you along the Waitangi River, where the bird life is abundant.
The friendly crew are a mine of information and love to share the history of the area. Relax in the comfy leather seating with a glass of your favourite drink, and mingle with the other travellers – you never know who you’ll meet.
There is a cash bar for your convenience.
All food is cooked fresh onboard and served straight off the BBQ. Start with Tiger prawns and Green-Lipped mussels accompanied with bread and dips. Then choose from beef sirloin, lamb or steamed fish for your main. There’s even a little kiwi marshmallow specialty to round off your meal.