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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 only authentic coal fired paddle steamer in operation, waiting to delight your guests on your private charter cruise.

To Book a Private Charter




  • Passenger capacity of 90
  • Two hour private cruise
  • Bookings available October to May
  • Licensed bar with Eftpos


  • $1,800.00 minimum for two hours, contact us for cruises over two hours
  • A deposit of $720.00 is required to confirm your booking
  • T&Cs apply - Contact us for more detail


  • Music, DJ can be arranged at an additional cost
  • Catering - Mini Gourmet Menu options below




Book a private charter for 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.

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

The Galley has a licensed bar  with Eftpos. 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.

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