top banner Book Now Scenic Cruise Group Charters Wine Cruise
Check availability now

Experience the beauty of the Waikato River where you are always cruising in calm water on the Waikato River Explorer.

Scenic Waikato River Cruises Thursday - Sunday

Enjoy a relaxing scenic boat cruise and spectacular views of the river and Hamilton city each week. Our vessel is fully protected from the weather, we have a fully licensed bar on board and there is cafe style food available for purchase during the cruise. (Sorry no BYO Food or drink unless by prior arrangement) All cruises depart the Hamilton Gardens River Jetty (See map on the left hand side menu bar) and feature our very popular commentary. Click here to book Scenic Cruises - Thursday, FridayScenic Cruises - Saturday or Scenic Cruises - SundayAll cruises except the 11am cruises are of 90-minutes in duration.

**Tickets can also be purchased at the Info Centre, Hamilton Gardens from 1pm Thurs - Fri and 11am Sat - Sun.

90-minute cruise prices:
Adults: $26
Seniors: (65+) $21
Children: (5-14 yrs) $13
Under 5s Free
Family Pass (2 Adults and up to four children) $76

Please note: a 3% surcharge applies for all online bookings.

**Buses depart the Hamilton Transport Centre for the weekend 12:30pm sailings (Platform G) at 10:25 and 11:25, departing Hamilton Gardens at 2:50pm. Check for fares

***All cruises run between Hamilton Gardens and Fairfield Bridge except Saturday 2:30 - 4pm, the Sunday Wine Tasting Cruise and when conditions do not allow us assess to this area.


Sunday Wine Tasting Cruise

Enjoy the scenery through the spectacular Narrows on the journey to the winery. After arriving at Mystery Creek Events Centre, you will be transported to Mystery Creek Wines for wine tasting and then back on the Waikato River Explorer at 5pm for a relaxing return home. Bookings essential. Click here to book Sunday Wine Tasting Cruise or Contact Us

Adults $49
Children (5-14 yrs) $24.50
Under 5s free

Please note: a 3% surcharge applies for all online bookings.
(This cruise may not be suitable for people with mobility difficulties) 

Group charters for special occasions and events

Fancy lunch at The Woodbox? A tour of the Ag. Heritage Village and Museum? A game of golf at The Riverside Golf Club? Wine tasting at Mystery Creek Wines? ... or simply a fun celebration of a special occasion with family and friends. The Waikato River Explorer is a great option for corporate events; from product launches and client functions to staff dinners and incentive rewards.

This cruise option is available on request all year round with great BBQ menu options. We are also able to offer Good George locally brewed boutique beer by request. In conjunction with the Hamilton Gardens, we have put together some fantastic group packages including a cruise and guided tour of the gardens. Contact us for more information on Waikato River Explorer charter cruises. 

School trips

Hamilton City began on the Waikato River so there's so much to learn about ... and so much to see!

Cruise from either Hamilton Gardens or Mystery Creek Events Centre. Combine the cruise with an educational tour of the Ag Heritage Museum at Mystery Creek Events Centre or a tour of the spectacular gardens.We can seat anywhere from 40 kids and adults to 75 per trip. Full commentary is provided ... and there's tea and coffee available for the grown-ups! 

Teachers & other school staff free,
Adults and kids $10
** Note: This price does not include Ag Heritage Village Tours. Single class charters available Thursday and Friday, multiple class charters available Monday - Friday. 

Up and Coming Events

Mother's Day Wine Tasting Cruises

Treat Mum on her special day with a cruise up to Mystery Creek Wines. On Sunday 11th May, we will be running two Wine Tasting Cruises ... a 12:30pm departure with lunch onboard and our regular 2:30pm departure with Canapés. Both cruises take in the spectacular upstream river scenery and a taste of the award-winning wines from our own Mystery Creek Wines.

All-inclusive Prices and times:

12:30pm departure from Hamilton Gardens ... return at 4:15pm
$69 per adult
$34.50 per child 5-14 yrs
Under 5s free

2:30pm departure from Hamilton Gardens ... return at 6:00pm
$49 per adult
$24.50 per child 5-14 yrs
Under 5s free

Please note: a 3% surcharge applies for all online bookings.

Click here to book the 2:30pm cruise or click here to contact us about booking the extra 12:30pm Wine Tasting Lunch Cruise

Catch the ferry to the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays 11th - 14th June at Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Enjoy a coffee and catch up on the new of the day on the relaxing journey upstream ... and something chilled from the fully licensed bar on the return to Hamilton Gardens. That certainly beats sitting in traffic! 

Waikato River Explorer Ferry to Fieldays:
Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th June

Departing Hamilton Gardens Jetty - 8.30 & 10:30am daily
Departing Mystery Creek - 2:30 & 4:30 daily

Click here to book the Fieldays Ferry

Return | $30
Seniors | $25
Kids 5-14 | ½ price
Under 5’s | Free
Family Pass | $89
Complimentary Tea & Coffee

Please note: a 3% surcharge applies for all online bookings.
Promote something here SCHEDULED SCENIC CRUISES
Operating Thursday - Sunday, at either 12:30, 2:30 or 4:30pm, journey under Hamilton's magnificent old bridges or upstream with native bush, waterfalls and amazing riverside estates. Pick ups from Hamilton Gardens.
Promote something here
Perfect for special occasions. Available on request all year round with great menu options.

Enjoy a charter cruise on the Waikato River

Footer section
email this pageprint this pagesite maplegal information | login
evoSuite website software website design by RéserveGroup®