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Waikato River Explorer - 3.5 Hour Deluxe Lunch Cruise- Ex Hamilton Gardens


Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind for a delightful lunch cruise over the beautiful Waikato River.

Sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the Waikato as you cruise over New Zealand’s largest and most renowned river.

Over 3.5 hours you’ll experience spectacular views of Hamilton’s native bush, wildlife and waterfalls - also passing by and historic bridges and landings.

Your friendly and knowledgeable captain will provide an entertaining commentary as you pass by these beautiful sights.

Enjoy a delicious lunch meal of your choice from the café menu on board - with a range of options and variety, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Sure to be loved by young and old alike - this is the ultimate way to experience the very best that Hamilton has to offer at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.

The cruise finishes at Mystery Creek where you'll be picked up in our Minibus and brought back to Hamilton Gardens.

The crew at Waikato River Explorer look forward to having you on board!


Sample Cruise Menu:

All adult meals include a non-alcoholic beverage

  • Vegetarian Nachos served with corn chips and sour cream & a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Sesame Chicken Salad with smoked chicken served with Crunchy Noodles & a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Chicken, Cranberry Jelly & Brie Cheese Panini served with cranberry jelly & a side salad with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Ham, Red Onion & Cheese Panini served with chutney & a side salad with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Ham & Cheese Toastie served with chutney & a side salad with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Cheese & Onion Toastie served with chutney & a side salad with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • *The Waikato River Explorer also boasts a fully-licensed Bar.


    Sample Children’s Menu

    Kids meals include a juice or a lemonade/coke

  • Ham & Cheese Toastie with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Cheese & Chutney Toastie with a Muffin or Sweet Slice
  • Vegetarian Nachos & a Muffin or Sweet Slice

    Price: $90 per person

    Duration: Allow 3.5 Hours (return)


    Hamilton Gardens : 11:30am returning at 2:20pm


    Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your cruise departure time.


    Available Bookings from August 23 to August 29

    Change Dates

    All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

    11:30 a.m.
    Wed 23 Aug
    Thu 24 Aug
    Fri 25 Aug
    Sat 26 Aug
    Sun 27 Aug
    Mon 28 Aug
    Tue 29 Aug


    Per Person$67.50


    Per Person$90.00


    Per Person$67.50


    Per Person$45.00

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    Jonathan Paulo from Australia wrote on 17 March 2017

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    Wonderful Day Out

    We had a great time on the cruise, the river had many interesting features, staff were friendly & helpful. Food was delicious! You gotta visit the Hamilton gardens while you're there.

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    Adrian Unwin from New Zealand wrote on 15 March 2017

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    Nice cruise, nice staff and a relaxing way to spend 3 hours while learning some history of Hamilton.

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