Runabout Hire

self drive runabout hire
Our self drive runabout hire Awamoa leaving Russell Wharf

Our self drive runabout hire boat Awamoa takes 4 adults (+ 6 month infant) and is available for 1/2 day, full day or longer hires. Powered by a late model Yamaha 70HP outboard you’ll be at a close by island in no time.

Please operate the boat within the sea conditions. Take care and slow down when sea is choppy

During the summer months the water is warm so bring your snorkelling and fishing gear or hire from us. Swimming and snorkelling are great things to do from your self drive runabout hire boat and even more fun is trying to catch the plentiful snapper and kingfish. A great range of beautiful sandy beaches are ready for you so bring your beach and picnic things. 

Dolphins are plentiful in the Bay of Islands from November each year through until March/early April. Please always slow down or stop and enjoy your time with these magical sea animals.

With care you can anchor and go ashore on one our beautiful islands.

Not within your budget or idea of fun?

Self Drive runabout hire  is not for everyone or their budget so hiring a Row Boat  with outboard may be an option These are ideal for close in fishing or cruising to nearby Matauwhi Bay and it’s collection of yachts. Further down Orongo ay are the Oyster farms and mangrove swamps. Why not load up for a picnic on Mill Island but only at low tide.

What about the weather?

We know the weather plays a very important role when on the water especially as the self drive runabout hire is only 15ft. If the water is too rough we won’t send you out and you’re under no obligation if the weather forces a cancellation. This is a fairly accurate weather forecast for Russell and here you’ll find a regularly updated marine forecast.

Self Drive Runabout Hire Weather Map