3 incredible restaurants you can visit by boat | Rayglass Boats

3 incredible restaurants you can visit by boat in the Hauraki Gulf

Once you’ve worked up an appetite hauling in fish and exploring the Hauraki Gulf on your Rayglass boat, there’s no need to go back to the boat ramp.

Extend the good times and transport yourself to dinner and a cold drink with a view at one of these incredible restaurants that you can visit by boat.

1. Little Creatures Hobsonville point

One of the main reasons to visit Hobsonville Point is the brand new Little Creatures brewbar which just opened in a refurbished hangar directly opposite the wharf. It’s right on the shore with views over the inlet that runs past Hobsonville down to the Riverhead – you can simply drop passengers off at the jetty and paddle in on your dinghy.

They brew beer fresh on site and serve their entire range on tap; from a hoppy IPA to a refreshing lager brewed specially for its recent opening. There’s a great fish and chip spot in the bar, it’s always packed with locals and the atmosphere’s fun and friendly – the ultimate getaway just minutes away from the city.

2. The Riverhead Tavern

Past Hobsonville and Herald Island, deep into the Rangitopuni Creek, you’ll find a slice of New Zealand pub history – the Riverhead Tavern. They’ve been serving local fare and pulling pints at this little marvel for 150 years with views over the river in a quiet country setting.

If you head up in your own boat, make sure you do so as close to high tide as possible as the river gets as shallow as 1 metre in the channel during low tide. The pub has their own private jetty which you can use if you call ahead – ask the staff for advice on navigating the tides if you haven’t made the trip yet.

3. Man O’ War

Man O’ War is Waiheke’s only truly beachfront cellar door and winery set in a stunning white sand bay from which it got its name. Azure waters and a pristine beach fringed by pohutukawa trees run up to a rolling green lawn scattered with seating to a small tasting room.

Anchor in the shallow harbour and row or swim ashore and spend the day tasting local wine and cheese by the sea.

To hear more about our favourite shoreside restaurants you can visit by boat, or just to talk boating, drop in to our Mt Wellington Showroom to see us some time soon.

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