Private charter cruises

The iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer is an ideal venue for your next function or special occasion.

Located on the banks of the Whanganui River sits New Zealand’s only authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation, waiting to delight her passengers on their private charter cruise.

Weddings, product launches, community events, birthday parties, conferences, corporate entertaining, Christmas parties, awards ceremonies, reunions, school trips and even operas – we have hosted them all.

Functions on the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer can be tailored to suit your needs to ensure it’s an occasion your guests will remember.

The Galley is a licensed bar with eftpos is available. We have a local caterer who can offer you a wide range of menu options, from champagne breakfasts and high tea boxes to finger food and full buffets.

We take bookings during the season, October to April, and by arrangement in-between.  A minimum booking fee of $1500 applies, providing you up to two-hours to host your private cruise.  We welcome longer bookings and can cruise as far up the Whanganui River as Hipango Park.

Please contact us directly to book your private charter cruise. Private charter cruises can’t be booked online.

Passenger capacity of 110

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Licenced bar and café with Eftpos

Entertainment can be arranged at an additional cost

Available October-April (or by arrangement)

Drop the anchor and sit back and relax

Menu options below

Steam room on view

Two saloons and covered and open decks

Prices

Minimum charge for up to two hours

Please contact us to get a price for cruises over two-hours.

A deposit of $500 is required to confirm your booking – 50% will be returned if you cancel within 28 days of your private charter cruise date.

Please note that BYO food and alcohol is not permitted on any sailings

Wheelchair Access

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons we are generally unable to accommodate wheelchairs on board the Waimarie. It is a very old vessel and facilities on board are not easily accessible, with several steps, narrow passages and standard toilets.

Wheelchairs with less than 70cms between the outside tires may be acceptable, especially if the user has some form of mobility.
Walking frames are acceptable especially if the user has some form of mobility.

To avoid disappointment please check with our office if you need assistance in any way and our Manager will be able to provide you with more information.

BREAKFAST BUFFET MENU

Scrambled eggs
Crispy bacon
Sausages
Spaghetti
Toast  butter
Includes Tea / Coffee

$25.00 per person

HAVE A CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST

Add a glass of bubbles $7.00 per glass

LUNCH OR SUPPER MENU

Whole champagne ham
Roast chicken
Traditional coleslaw
Gourmet potatoes
Fresh buns and butter

$25.00 per person
 

LUNCH BAGS

for groups on scheduled cruises
[minimum number 10]

Selection of filled rolls
Savoury muffins
Home made slice
Chocolate treat
Fresh fruit
Includes Tea / Coffee

$15.00 per person

BUFFET MENU 1

Ham on the bone
Roast beef with garlic and rosemary
Gourmet potatoes with butter and parsley
Baby peas with mint
Traditional coleslaw
Fresh fruit salad
Selection of cakes
Gravy and condiments

$40.00 per person
 

BUFFET MENU 2 (CHRISTMAS)

Ham on bone
Chicken with lemon and herbs
Baby potatoes with butter and parsley
Roasted Vegetables
Peas with mint
Traditional coleslaw
Green salad with tomatoes, cucumber and croutons
Pavlova with cream
Fresh fruit salad

$45.00 per person

FINGER FOOD MENU 1

Club sandwiches
Selection of savouries
Spinach and feta filo’s
Dill pancakes with salmon and lemon Créme fraiche
Mini burgers with swiss cheese and relish

$18.00 per person
 

FINGER FOOD MENU 2

Club sandwiches
Mixed savouries
Spinach and feta filo’s
Dill pancakes with salmon and lemon Créme fraiche
Mini burgers with swiss cheese and relish
Pork balls with dipping sauce
Chocolate mud cake

$22 .00 per person

HIGH TEA

Mini sausage rolls
Club sandwiches
Heart shortbreads
Scones with jam and cream
Mini chocolate brownies
Includes Tea/Coffee

$22.00 per person
Add a glass of bubbles $7.00 per glass.

 

DEVONSHIRE TEA

Fresh scones with jam and cream
Includes Tea/coffee.

$8.50 per person

Add a glass of bubbles $7.00 per glass