Banana Boat

Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, Waikato

Business Details

We are passionate about the beauty of the coast, the islands, and the sea. Our aim is to share our passion with other people while having as much fun as possible and provide affordable water activities for the whole family.

All summer we create a carnival atmosphere with beach volleyball and music, a place to hang out, enjoy the beach, beautiful scenery and spend time with friends and family. Experience a state of the art water craft that skims through the water at speeds of up to 40 km/h. We customise rides so that the water is enjoyed safely by people of all ages and confidence levels.


Enjoy the scenery of stunning beaches, caves and the marine reserve on your visit to world famous Cathedral Cove. Our local guide will take you ashore to share Cathedral Cove highlights, to have some swim and beach time and take photos of your group.

Morning Tour: 9am - Returns 10.30am
Sunset Tour: early evening
$50 per person (bookings required - talk to our team at the beach or call).

Both trips include complimentary drink and biscuits. Sights include Flaxmill Bay, Lonely Bay, Shakespeare Cliff, Marine Reserve (bring own snorkel equipment for snorkelling options), Cathedral Cove, Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and other stunning sites along the way!


Come and enjoy a fun Banana Boat ride of your choice - you control the speed with thumbs up or down!

10am -early evenings daily
Rides from $15-$20 (see below for details)
We cater for individuals or groups
No bookings required for rides (just come down to Esplanade Beach)
Contact our team to arrange bookings for your group outside these times.

Hellbender Ride
$20 - the waters answer to the rollercoaster, hang on spills are highly probable!

Thrill Seeker Ride
$15 - an exciting straight ride for those who are confident on the water and like a bit of speed.

Kiddies Cruise Ride
$15 and one parent free - very gentle and safe ride to build confidence

Cooks Beach Scenic
$20 - scenic thrill ride in one that takes in the scenery of Front Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Shakespeare Cliff, Lonely Bay, and see the Hollow Cave at Cooks Beach. A great family experience.

Off Peak Tours and Booking Options Below (From October - late December & February to May)

Private Banana Boat Scenic Tours Off Peak Tours and Bookings
Talk to our team to design you own private scenic tour to Cathedral Cove, Horseshoe Bay or simply enjoy continuous rides off the beach.
2 hour tour - $350
4 hour tour - $550
Full day bookings - please contact our team to discuss your needs.


Our Banana Boat team can work with you to create a fun filled day on the water in the Mercury Bay. Please see our prices above or contact us with your particular needs and budget.

Quarter and half day packages
Tailored packages for your group on the water
Scenic Cathedral Cove or beach highlight rides
Continuous rides off the beach packages
Complimentary volleyball and music at the beach available
For a boat tour as wild or as mild as you like!

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Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, Waikato


www.whitianga.co.nz provides information on Whitianga, the Mercury Bay and surrounding areas including Whangapoua, Whenuakite, Wharekaho, Whitianga, Cooks Beach, Hot Water Beach, Coroglen, Hahei and the Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.

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