Mokau river cruise on the famous vintage vessel, MV CygnetHamilton Gardens, Hamilton City, New Zealand

Mokau River Cruises: Mokau Accommodation & Business Directory

Entrancing in its loveliness, alluring in its charm, we invite you to journey with us, up the magnificient Mokau River of New Zealand, on our fully restored, vintage vessel, MV Cygnet. 

Entrancing in its loveliness, alluring in its charm, we invite you to journey with us, up the magnificient Mokau River of New Zealand, on our fully restored Classic Launch, M.V. CYGNET, and the Scenic Heritage Cruises vessel "Kingfisher".

The Mokau River is an oasis of beauty, a place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Here is a haven of peace, away from the bustle of cities, where you can be in harmony with nature, if only for a few hours, to stimulate the senses and re-connect with the natural world and with yourself.

Over the years many boats have plied the waters of the Mokau River. Maori used the river extensively and later it served as a highway to the farms, coal mines, sawmills and lime kilns in the district.

After the large flood of 1915 which was caused by clearing of land, boats weighing over 200 tons were unable to travel on the river. Three factors led to the number of boats on the river diminishing rapidly.

These were better quality coal being discovered elsewhere, local timber supplies being exhausted, and easier access to the limestone being obtained in North King Country.

These circumstances left only a few boats to service the remaining river communities. MV Cygnetwas a stalwart of the busy days on the Mokau River. Built in 1913, especially for the Mokau.

The vessel transported stock, farm supplies, medical requisites, mail and household goods to those people who lived and worked along the river. On her return jurney the following day the Cygnet would stop and collect cream from dairy farms and transport this produce to the dairy factory located near the river mouth.

The MV Cygnetwas sold to John RuBay of Kawhia in the late 1950s following the closure of the Mokau dairy factory. The boat was utilised as a ferry on the Kawhia harbour until the late 1970s when it was again made redundant due to the development of roading associated with the Taharoa ironsands.

The MV Cygnet lay idle on a trailer in Kawhia for 20 years until a Mokau resident, Rex Mather, with encouragement from the Tainui Historical Society brought her back to Mokau in November, 1993.

The MV Cygnethas now been restored to her former glory, and now is back on duty, carrying tourists up this breath taking waterway again.

Mokau River Cruises stops off for lunch

Your host/hostess on these delightful, wilderness journeys are keen to try to capture, and relate some of the rich, historical stories connected to this mighty river.

Also available are kayaking on the Mokau River, where you can cruise up the river on the cruise boats, and kayak down the river at your own pace, back to the jetty. A splendid way to experience and enjoy this fascinating river, with its scenic wonders and abundant wildlife.

If you would like to spend more than a few hours up the river, why not stay in our accommodation facilities on the river bank, and really experience the wilderness in comfort.

Mokau River Cruises is listed with Qualmark - Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality.

The 3 hour scenic cruise: (includes: picnic lunch at Lewis Landing)
Please contact Pauline for further information.

Phone: 06 7529775 

Kayaking and accommodation are also available.

Mokau Accommodation:

Mokau Getaway

This bach is fully equiped - you just need to bring linen (sheets & pillow cases), towels, food, personal items. Suitable accomodation for 1 or 2 families, the bach has 11 beds (master double, 2x double/single bunks, 3x single), with a further 3+ possible on corner window seating and camp stretcher.

mokau accommodation

Upstairs has bathroom with shower, master bedroom, sunny porch room with double/single bunk, and spacious kitchen/lounge/dining area dominated by huge picture windows facing North, South & West.

Downstairs comprises a contained flat with bedroom (double/single bunk and single bed), shower, kitchen and small lounge with table and chairs and 2 single beds. A second toilet is outside adjacent to the downstairs entrance.

Two portable gas heaters provide sufficient heat for upstairs & downstairs. On the north side of the house is a sunny, sheltered lawn. Safe, flat garden although partially fenced.

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Considered one of the most desirable locations in the seaside resort of Mokau, North Taranaki.

Bach54 offers two choices of self-contained accommodation, the traditional Bach and the more modern Tourist Flat both on large and separate sections with sea/mountain and river views, open all year round for overnight stays and extended holidays.

Tariff: $85.00 per night (2 people) all inclusive, extra adult $25.00, child $20.00

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Whitebait Inn Camp Ground: - Popular cafe also offering powered sites at $8 per person, $5 per child. Unpowered sites $5 per person. Cabins sleep 5. $30 per couple. $7 per extra adult. $5 per extra child. Ph: 06 752 9713

Awakino Hotel: Ph: 06 752 9815

Seaview Holiday Park: - The only accommodation on the beach, sheltered from prevailing winds. It's about 3km north of Mokau with a shop and cafe at the gate, Sites $11 per person powered. $10 unpowered. Kitchen cabins sleep 4-5. $42 per couple. $12 extra adult. $5 per child. Tourist flats sleep 8. $72 per couple. $15 extra adult. $6 child. Ph: 06 752 9708

Mokau Inn Motel: - Sits above the village of Mokau and has great river, sea and Taranaki views. Accommodation starts from $70 per person a night. Ph: 06 752 9725,

Tongaporutu Whitecliffs Station: - Farmstay Tongaporutu's only commercial accommodation on one of the most panoramic sites in Taranaki. Wisteria Homestead sleeps up to 12. From $150 per night for the 1st 9 persons, May to October. $200 november to april and $5 per extra person. Ph: 06 752 5868,

Palm House Backpackers: - Right in Mokau village. Dormitory bed $20 per person, double room $50 per couple. Discount with a backpackers card. Ph: 06 752 9043

Tongaporutu Hall: - Clifton Rd. Tongaporutu. Available for accommodation. BYO sleeping gear and food. Showers and cooking facilities. Ph: 06 752 5999

Mokau Holiday Cottage: - Self Contained. All amenities. No pets. Linen provided at extra cost. Quiet location. Sleeps 4. Sea and Mountain views. Ph: 06 752 9130,

Tainui Historical Museum: - This museum is packed with maritime information, photographs, family history and local memorabilia. Open 7 days, 10am-4pm. Entry by donation. Ph: 06 752 9072

Three Sisters Pottery: - View Emma O'Sullivan's fun ceramic artworks for the garden and home. Allow time for the stunning view from the headland, only a 2 minute walk away. Open 9am-5pm in summer, and winter by appointment. Pilot Rd. 400 metre's north of Tongaporutu Bridge. Ph: 06 752 5988

Mokau Roadhouse: Ph: 06 752 9859