Private Charter Cruise

The iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie 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 Paddle Steamer Waimarie 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 an awesome local caterer, Mini Gourmet, who can offer you a wide range of menu options including Antipasto Platters that serve up to 30 people, finger foods and buffets.

We take bookings during the Summer Season October to April. A charge of $1800 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 90

Photographer available on request

Licenced bar and café with Eftpos

Entertainment can be arranged at an additional cost

Available October-April

Need a Celebrant, contact Lynne

Mini Gourmet Menu options below

Steam room on view

Beautiful Cakes for any occasion


Minimum charge for up to two hours

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

A deposit of $900 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.