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 finger foods to full buffets.
We take bookings during the season, October to April, and by arrangement in-between. A minimum booking fee of $1650 applies, providing you up to two-hours to host your private cruise.
Please contact us directly to book your private charter cruise. Private charter cruises can’t be booked online.
Passenger capacity of 110
Photographer available on request
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
Minimum charge for up to two hours
Please contact us to get a price for cruises over two-hours.
A deposit of $650 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
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.