Experience the beauty of the Waikato River and enjoy a relaxing scenic cruise or charter the whole vessel for a private or corporate function. The Waikato River Explorer has a fully licensed bar and a range of menu options available.

Discover the heart of the Waikato and experience the year round beauty and tranquil water of the Waikato River on board the Waikato River Explorer.

Enjoy a relaxing scenic cruise or join us for the afternoon on a wine tasting cruise to Mystery Creek Wines or Vilagrad Winery. You can even charter the whole vessel for a special occasion with family, friends and workmates any day of the week.

Our cruises depart from Hamilton Gardens and will take you under century-old bridges, through spectacular scenery, lush native bush, and you will get to view some of the most exclusive real estate in the Waikato

The Waikato River Explorer has capacity for up to 54 seated guests with a fully licensed bar on board and café food available for purchase.

Facilities and Services

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$30-$100 (Adult)
(December 1 - May 1)
$15-$40 (Child, 14 and under))


Business Hours
Scenic Cruises run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and weekends during the summer to Boxing Day, from Boxing Day to Waitangi Day Monday to Thursday and weekends and during the winter season Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends from our jetty at Hamilton Gardens. Charter cruises are available 7 days a week. For more information please visit our website.
Months of Operation
All Year


Proximity To Airport
10 minute drive
Proximity To Coach Terminal
5 minute drive
Proximity To Town
Hamilton Gardens is approximately 5 minutes by vehicle from the centre of the City. Other jetties are in the city and don't require a vehicle.


Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity


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