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Private Charters

The Paddle Steamer Waimarie is a truly unique venue for your function, be it a birthday, wedding, Christmas cruise or any special occasion. The Paddle Steamer Waimarie is New Zealand's last authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation, waiting to delight your guests on your private charter cruise. Our team can work with you to create a special event or gathering to suit your needs, from a corporate team-building trip to a cocktail event that whooos your clients.

To Book a Private Charter




  • Passenger capacity of 90
  • Two-hour private cruise
  • Bookings available October to May
  • Licensed bar with Eftpos
  • Use of the onboard surround sound system


Additional Inclusions:

Please note: These options are subject to availability and are an additional cost - call our team to inquiry.

  • Onboard Gin Tasting with Papaiti Gin
  • Upokongaro Stopover to Papaiti Gin
  • Onboard live entertainment
  • Onboard vodka and liqueur tasting with Good Bones Distilling



  • $2000.00 minimum for two hours, contact us for cruises over two hours
  • A deposit of $800.00 is required to confirm your booking
  • T&Cs apply - Contact us for more detail




Is the above not what you are thinking? get in touch and chat with our team about your catering needs. 


We will tailor your function to suit your needs to ensure it’s an occasion your guests will remember.


  • Weddings
  • Product Launch
  • Community event
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Small conferance
  • Corperate entertaining
  • Christmas Function
  • Reuinions
  • Educational Trips
  • Concerts


We have hosted them all 

We are a fully functioning Licensed venue that can cater to your needs along side our catering partners to make your event memorable. 

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