Boil up

Discover Coromandel’s special treasures by sea – explore the coastline,
bays and islands in a well-equipped vessel with an experienced skipper.

the boat - M.V. Te Wairoa

M.V. Te Wairoa (translated as the never-ending water) is a spacious and comfortable 52-ft steel launch, with ample room to sleep eight in three separate areas. The vessel has a large galley with a fridge and freezer; a bathroom with bath and shower; and 2 toilets. Te Wairoa can carry up to 16 passengers on day trips and up to 8 overnight; and is approved by Maritime New Zealand to operate between East Cape and North Cape.

the charters

We have moorings on both sides of the Coromandel Peninsula, at Kennedy Bay and Coromandel Harbour.

We are available for day trips around the Coromandel coastline and islands, leaving from either Kennedy Bay or Coromandel.

We specialise in overnight trips to Great Barrier Island, Cuvier Island, and the Mercury Islands.

We enjoy taking groups for two or three days to truly experience the magic of the area and its marine wildlife.

We can tailor trips for fishers, divers, trampers, holidaymakers, or for special events.

Please contact us to discuss your particular needs.

We also offer guided offshore kayak fishing adventures. Contact Justin Orton - ORTON EVENTS NZ for further details.

Accommodation in Kennedy Bay - Lazy Daze ~ Stunning Estuary Location

kayak in sea cave

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charter pricing

  • Our basic 24-hour charter rate is NZ$1400 (inc. GST)
  • Ice is provided
  • For a modest additional cost we can also supply rods and bait.
  • We can provide food if required, or you can self-cater.
  • Tea and coffee are complimentary.

Discounts are available for longer charters.

Talk to us to work out the arrangements that would suit you best.

what you need to bring

  • Tea and coffee are complimentary and the galley is well stocked with the basics.
  • Sleeping bags and towels if you’re sleeping aboard - pillows are provided.
  • Any extra food or refreshments you require.

We return all non-degradable items to land, so we prefer that you bring cans rather than bottles.

We use and recommend Tackle Edge NZ's products on our charters.
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the owners & skipper

Owned by Michael & Kate Donoghue. Mike Donoghue is a marine biologist and has worked for many years in the areas of ocean ecology and conservation. He has a special passion for whales.
Kate Donoghue is a teacher who has lived and worked in the Coromandel Community for many years.

Skipper, Peter McKenzie, holds a Launchmaster’s qualification and has been fishing these waters for 30 years. He knows all the best places to explore and where to catch fish.

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Three memorable trips for Te Wairoa passengers this summer

Annual fishing trio for a bunch of workmates


With the tide coming in, the lads loaded up the boat and headed out into the rising sun, setting the trolling lures as we scooted around the mussel farms in Kennedy Bay. It wasn’t long before two of the reels started to scream. After a five minute battle, two skipjack tuna were reeled aboard. ‘Great for our sashimi platter tonight’, said Skipper Peter. Then it was off to Cuvier Island, as the sun rose on a clear calm sea. Two hours later, over went the jigs again and great excitement as six hooked up on some nice-sized kingfish. After that excitement, it was time to try some drop lines for hapuka. After several drops, the crew were rewarded with two of these elusive and iconic fish.


How time flies! It was soon time to head to the Mercury Islands for the night. With the sun going down and anchored over some rocky ground, berley went over the side for some stray lining. Those guys who kept on fishing (while the rest had refreshments, served with a skipjack entree, and cooked delicious fresh snapper), were well rewarded with more snapper, terakihi and trevally.

Next morning, after a tour of Great Mercury Cove, three divers went searching for scallops and collected a good meal’s worth. As we steamed past the Three Sisters Islands, back to our jetty at Kennedy Bay, a pod of bottlenose dolphins played around the bow, leaping and jumping in the air, as if to show off.

A diving reunion

brydes-whaleA group of nine mates from around the country met up at Kennedy Bay with diving tanks and snorkelling gear. The plan was to steam to the Mokohinau Islands, skirting around the coast of Little Barrier Island (Hauturu). This group was lucky enough to encounter a large group of common dolphins that spent some quality time with Te Wairoa, leaping, chasing and rolling over, much to the delight of all on board. The night at the Mokohinaus was magical. Early next morning, the divers had their first dive of the day - just enough good-sized crayfish for a decent entrée for dinner. The divers described some wonderful sights below the surface. They watched and videoed blue maomao, a sea snake, and an amazingly graceful sting ray with a six foot wing span, that disappeared into the darkness.


Just off the western end of Great Barrier Island this group was also fortunate to see a 12-metre Bryde's Whale surface just off the bow. The smell of the whale's breath hung in the air for ages. That night was spent at the incomparable Arid Island and over a few beers, someone pulled out a guitar while others cooked up another memorable meal on Te Wairoa. Lots of fun and merriment and tales about the ones that got away.

The English family in the Antipodes


brydes-whaleWhen they first phoned to make a booking, a family group of tourists from England were only intending to go out for a day's fishing, but when they realised what was on offer with Te Wairoa, they decided to change their plans and go to Great Barrier Island, to explore the small bays and inlets, hoping perhaps to see some of the island’s rare and iconic bird species. They did well - spotting kaka, kereru, kotare and tui. They were thrilled to hear of the concerted efforts at pest control, and to see the regeneration of the native trees on the island.

They kayaked around the small bays and lagoons, went ashore at Kiwiriki Bay and wandered through the coastal kowhai forest. Pohutukawa in full blossom down to the water’s edge contributed to the New Zealand summer scene. And while they weren’t the world's best fishers, the trusty longline provided fresh snapper for dinner every night. As a final memory of Coromandel, anchoring overnight at Red Mercury Island, these visitors were lulled to sleep by the calls of kiwi and morepork and awakened by a chorus of saddlebacks.

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Berths at Coromandel Wharf and Kennedy Bay

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contact details & bookings

Kate & Mike Donoghue

New Zealand


0800 888 733
Kate - 027 692 6494
Mike - 021 870 310

Or send us a message...

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photo gallery

crayfish Coromandel mooring kingfish shearwater Goat Island Cathedral Cove penguin
fishing Kingfish Hole in the Rock Port Fitzroy shearwater hapuka Gannets
kingfish kayak in sea cave Orca beach diving for scallops The Cove shags
great snapper Te Wairoa Oamaru Bay cod kingy kiwi

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