At 44.5 metres (146 feet), Hauraki Blue Cruises' catamaran Ipipiri is the largest cruise ship permanently based in New Zealand and provides a unique events venue for weddings, meetings, conferences and incentive groups.
Think outside the box – your next event could take place as you cruise around the Waitemata Harbour and out into the Hauraki Gulf. Charter a Hauraki Blue cruise as your events venue and pull off your function in style, mixing presentations and reports with island visits and scenic views. With everything you need to run your event smoothly, plus onboard accommodation and a range of activities available, it’s the ultimate floating venue.
The restaurant and bar area caters for up to 90 guests for seated dinner and up to 110 for cocktail style events or theatre presentations, while our spacious rooftop sundeck with panoramic views provides the perfect location to relax and soak up the scenery.
We can customise your cruise itinerary to suit your timeframe, budget and group size – the harbour is your playground! While Hauraki Blue Cruises is based in Auckland, the vessel is available to charter to other areas of New Zealand including Kawau Island, Matakana, the Coromandel and Great Barrier Island.
Theatre Style - up to 110 people
Cocktail Style - up to 110 people
Banquet Style - up to 80 people
Classroom / Boardroom - up to 80 people
AV setup: TV, projector and screen, microphone, sound system
Tables and chairs
Onboard accommodation: 30 ocean view cabins with full en suite bathrooms, sleeping 63
While you're out cruising the harbour, consider stopping off on one of our beautiful Hauraki Gulf islands - explore Rangitoto or relax on Waiheke. Our tender (small run-about boat) is available to ferry your group ashore for island visits, and snorkelling gear and kayaks are available on board for your use.
Hauraki Blue also provides a perfect accommodation option if you’re holding an event at another function venue, like Kauri Bay Boomrock.
For more great group activity ideas see the wide range of tours available through GreatSights.
"The charter was absolutely amazing! The events coordinator was an absolute pleasure to deal with leading up to the event and all of the crew were fantastic. The cruise coordinator was just great – very helpful, lots of fun and very patient with us all as the night wore on! The absolute stand-out for most people though was the food – everyone raved about it and said it was 5 star. I am not quite sure how I am going to top that next year – we might just have to keep coming back to you!"
- Continuous Spouting Auckland Ltd
"We would just like to say a huge thank you to the crew of Hauraki Blue Cruises for hosting 40 of us on an overnight stay for our annual commercial conference. Everyone was blown away with the venue as it was something completely different! The team were absolutely amazing in helping me organise the day and very accommodating to my-ever changing requests! The crew on-board with us overnight were lovely and very helpful, they always had smiles on their faces and happily helped with every request. We would also like to mention that every meal was delicious! The whole experience was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, would highly recommend!"
- DHL Express Ltd
"All those aboard raved about the food, the cabins, the staff and generally the whole experience was brilliant. The ladies in particular loved the ensuites and cabins, and the boys were just happy the bar stayed open, which we really appreciated! Only complaint was that we should have gone for two days!"
- Airey Consultants Ltd
"We had a lovely day – and all the staff are saying it was our best outing yet!"
Contact us to discuss your venue hire requirements and create a tailor-made solution for your next event - email firstname.lastname@example.org