Private charter cruises

The iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer is an ideal venue for your next corporate 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 cruises.

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 and café and offers a range of food and drink to choose from. Eftpos is available. Alternatively, we have a number of local preferred caterers who can offer you a wide range of menu options, from champagne breakfasts and picnic boxes to finger food and full buffets.

We take bookings during the warmer 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 receive a quote or to book your private charter cruise. Private charter cruises can’t be booked online.

Passenger capacity of 120

Visit Upokongaro settlement (by arrangement)

Licenced bar and café with Eftpos

Entertainment can be arranged at an additional cost

Available October-April (or by arrangement)

Drop the anchor and enjoy the serenity of the river

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 quote on cruises over two-hours.

A deposit of $500 is required to confirm your booking – 50% will be returned if you cancel within 21 days of your private charter cruise date.

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

Mobility Access

Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, passengers need some mobility to be able to have access to all decks and the galley.

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.

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

HOT

Eggs Scrambled/fried
Crispy bacon
Mini sausages
Spaghetti or baked beans
Toast with butter
Tea and coffee
$18.50 per person.

BREAKFAST BAPS

Yummy bacon, egg hash brown and home-made hollandaise in a fresh bap.
Tea/coffee

$11.00 per person

HAVE A CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST

Add bubbles $7.00 per glass

LUNCH BUFFET 1

Club sandwiches or wraps
Ham and leek quiche
Frittata [vegetarian]Selection of savouries
Muffins raspberry with white chocolate
Chocolate cake with strawberries
Tea/Coffee

$19.00 per person

DELUX BUFFET LUNCH

Club sandwiches or wraps
Spinach and feta parcels
Savoury muffins
Moroccan pies
Sushi
Mini lemon meringue pies
Chocolate cake with strawberries
Tea/Coffee

$22.00 per person

LUNCH BAGS

for groups on scheduled cruises [minimum no 10]Selection of filled rolls or wraps
Muffin Sweet or savoury
Home-made slice
Fresh fruit

$13.50 per person

Include tea/coffee
$16.00 per person

BUFFET MENU 1

Champagne ham with orange mustard
Roast beef with garlic and rosemary
Gourmet baby potatoes with butter and herbs
Roast kumera and pumpkin
Baby peas with mint
Fresh bread and butter
Fresh fruit salad
Plum and almond tart with yoghurt

$40.00 per person

GOURMET BUFFET MENU

Champagne ham with mustard
Roast beef with garlic and rosemary
Roast chicken with lemon and thyme
Baby potatoes with garlic butter
Roasted seasonal vegetables
Baby peas with mint
Fresh bread and butter
Baked passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake
Chocolate brownie with ice cream
Fresh fruit salad with yoghurt

$50.00 per person

CANAPE MENU 1

Home- made sausage rolls
Fresh club sandwiches
Satay chicken skewers
Spinach and feta filos

$13.50 per person

CANAPE MENU 2

Selection of savouries
Ham crepes with mustard cream
Sushi
Club sandwiches
Plum and almond tarts

$16 .00 per person

CANAPE MENU 3

Club sandwiches
Filo tart cases with salmon and crème fraiche
Cumin lamb skewers with mint yoghurt
Thai fish cakes
Mini burgers with swiss cheese
Beef fillet croutes with salsa verde
Lemon meringue pies

$20.00 per head.

HIGH TEA

Mini lemon meringues pies
Min club sandwiches
Heart shortcakes with strawberries
Scones with jam and cream
Mini chocolate tarts
Valentine cucumber creams
Tea/coffee

$20.00 per person
Add bubbles at $7.00 per glass.

DEVONSHIRE TEA

Fresh scones with jam and cream
Tea/coffee.

$8.00 per person.

SUPPER MENU

Whole champagne ham
Lemon and tarragon chicken
Traditional home-made coleslaw
Gourmet potatoes with butter and herbs
Fresh buns/bread with butter.

$22.00

CHRISTMAS MENU 1

Champagne Ham
Roast beef with garlic and rosemary and gravy
Gourmet potatoes with butter and parsley
Baked kumera and pumpkin
Baby carrots
Fresh bread with butter
Christmas pudding with ice cream

$30.00 per person

CHRISTMAS MENU 2

Champagne Ham with orange mustard
Turkey with cranberry
Roast beef with garlic and rosemary
Baby potatoes with butter and garlic
Traditional home made coleslaw
Rice salad with peanuts, peppers and raisins
Fresh green salad with croutons
Plum and almond tart with yoghurt
Christmas pudding with ice cream

$35.00 per person