Red Boat cruise a success

01:40, Dec 18 2013
Red Boat
Mata, 12, and Junior, 5, Smith from Titirangi.

Mata, 12, and Junior, 5, Smith from Titirangi are among 30 children and their caregivers back on dry land after taking part in the first ever Red Boats/Suburban Newspapers Xmas cruise.

Readers nominated kids from all over the Auckland Region who they believed were deserving of a day out on the Waitemata Harbour.

Children chosen for the cruises were aged from 3 to 13 and enjoyed a series of treats during the excursion - including a link up with the police launch and its very special passenger - Santa, complete with gifts.

Organisers says the response to the promotion was exceptional and hope to repeat the exercise next year.