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90-Minute Waikato Heartland BBQ Lunch Cruise - Ex Hamilton Gardens

Join the friendly team at Waikato River Explorer for a fantastic scenic cruise on the mighty Waikato River.

Departing Hamilton Gardens, we’ll pass gorgeous views of the Waikato Region and hear fascinating onboard commentary about the rich history of this iconic New Zealand river.

Enjoy a delicious classic kiwi BBQ on board as you soak up the beautiful stunning scenery.

A memorable and visually stunning experience for the whole family to enjoy- this is a fabulous way to see the best of the Waikato region at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.

Departure times:

This cruise option is available at 11:30am & 1:15pm Tuesdays & 1:15pm Saturday over Winter and 11:30am & 1:15pm Tuesday, Friday & Saturday over Summer (from 26.10.19).

Because the vessel is protected in the weather, the 90 Minute Scenic Cruise makes for a fabulous activity no matter what the weather!

The crew at Waikato River Explorer look forward to having you on board as we cruise New Zealand’s favourite river!

****PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are strictly are non-transferable. They can only be redeemed on the specific date/time you have purchased****

Adult $69.00
Child $34.50

Duration

  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Legal Drinking Age Enforced

  • To consume Alcohol you must be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce Government Issued ID to prove your age.

Notes

  • Age Ranges:
  • Infants = Under 5s
  • Children = 5-14 years
  • Adults = 15-64 years
  • Senior = 65-99 years
  • Infants go free
  • Please note BYO booze and food is not allowed on board Minimum 2 persons required for cruise to depart. Single bookings will be waitlisted to be confirmed.

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Jill from New Zealand wrote on 14 December 2018

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Fabulous Trip

We had a very enjoyable trip yesterday cruising the Waikato River. Friendly staff, lovely lunch and on board commentary was very informative and interesting. Thank you. Would definitely recommend this experience.

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Great review thanks so much! We hope to see you guys again soon.

Carolyn from New Zealand wrote on 27 November 2019

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Fantastic!

Really enjoyed the Waikato River cruise, very informative commentary, and the BBQ lunch was delicious!! The deck crew were very friendly, felt it was good value for money.

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Thanks for the great review. We hope to see guys again soon.

Charmaine from New Zealand wrote on 09 June 2019

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A MUST

It's a must for everyone to board the Kiwi Cat boat. We had a most pleasant experience in which we shall be going again. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the food and drinks at a reasonable price

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Thanks so much for your awesome review. We hope to see you again soon.

Neville from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2018

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Great Trip

Excellent from start to finish we took our adult disabled daughter to Hamilton for her birthday and took her on a trip on the Waikato River. The staff were so helpful the meal was nice too.I would recommend this to everyone. 90 minutes well spent. Regards Nev Rowlands New Plymouth

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Hi there Neville, thank you so much for taking the time to review your celebration cruise with us. We are more than pleased that you all enjoyed your time with us venturing the mighty Waikato River. We hope to see you all again soon.

Fiona from New Zealand wrote on 15 November 2017

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A relaxing pleasant cruise

On this sunny afternoon I so enjoyed the cruise up from the Wharf at Hamilton Gardens. A cafe on board. Relaxing music. Friendly crew and Captain/ Owner to chat to.

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Thanks for the nice review Fiona, you are welcome back any time.

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