THE MATAKANA RIVER
The Matakana River was a vital route not only for local Maori but also in early European occupancy.
The fertile surrounding lands of Matakana brought settlers as early as 1849, and a variety of businesses all relying on the river to take their goods back to the masses of Auckland.
As the village prospered roads were paved and the once busy waterway slowed.
We would like to share this historic and vibrant river with you.
Step onboard and enjoy the scenic beauty, as we cruise on the sheltered safe waters.
Travel though a tidal wonderland showcasing New Zealand’s diverse landscape.
We even have local beers and wines that will be sure to help you relax!
Phil Morris is the proud owner/ operator of Matakana River Tours.
Phil comes from an extensive maritime background both locally and internationally, dating back to his first job straight out of high school as Master of the Local Kawau Cat cruises – located at the entrance of the Matakana River.
It was during this time that the America’s Cup brought a number of large super yachts to New Zealand and this inspired Phil to take his passion internationally and work aboard some of the world’s most luxurious super yachts.
15 years later, 100,000 sea miles and countless stories, Phil has now returned to Matakana, with his passion now focused on providing this same world-class experience in his own back yard. Phil looks forward to welcoming you onboard and sharing with you the beauty that the Matakana River has to offer, in a safe and comfortable environment.
THE VESSEL – KOTITI
KOTITI: TO WANDER OFF A STRAIGHT LINE
The name derives from a steamship that serviced Matakana and other local ports under the Northern Steamship Company. The original Kotiti was built by R.Logan snr in Auckland 58.20 Gross tons, 71.4 feet long and had a draft of 6.4 feet. We built our own vessel to continue the proud boatbuilding history of the area. Kotiti is a purpose built vessel designed for comfort, stability and maximum visibility.
Once on board you will find:
- Seating for all guests under cover from the sun and rain
- Large stable non slip deck space
- Wheelchair suitable
- Toilet onboard
- Quiet efficient engines
- Full compliant safety equipment – NZ maritime certified.
Come and discover Matakana River – You wont be disappointed!
Hop onboard, grab a refreshment and relax as we turn the corner from the hustle and bustle of Matakana Township.
Captain Phil will give you an informative, amusing commentary on the way down the river, showcasing the history and tidal environment of mangroves, Native Bush and Farmland.
We turn around where the green of the upper fresh meets the vibrant blue water of Sandspit Basin.
Trip takes approximately an hour, still more than enough time to stroll around Matakana or further afield.
Perfect for those looking to entertain in the area.
Work functions, Birthdays, or just treating the family!
Departing Matakana Wharf we cruise down the river to the Sandspit Basin.
The basin is very sheltered, calm water to sit back and relax with family, friends or work colleagues.
We pass the busy Sandspit wharf, newly finished marina and other quieter areas before heading back to Matakana Wharf.
- Music system with Bluetooth phone and charging capabilities
- U shaped seating with tables
- Toilet onboard
- Dancing area!
NOW HEAD INTO MATAKANA AND SURROUNDING RESTURANTS FOR DINNER!
DEPARTURE TIMES OVER THE HIGH TIDE – THESE VARY DAY TO DAY
BOOKINGS ESSTENTIAL – 10 PEOPLE OR MORE
PRICE – PLEASE ENQUIRE
Food/Platter options available on application.