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Chartering the Ferry

Cruises available all year round!

Book any of the below cruises for your Christmas Cruise this year but do book early to avoid disappointment as we do always sell out. It’s the best Xmas party around and our clients keeping coming back! If you’re tired of the regular restaurant routine, then come on board and let our friendly East By West crew work their magic with you! We’ll show you a Wellington you haven’t experienced before! Our nights are informal and fun and everyone mixes. No top tables here! Perfect for birthday parties, staff functions and corporate or social events.




1. Dinner  Cruising

Our old favourite for those wanting a full-on evening of music, food and fun. We have a superb sound system onboard (upstairs/downstairs) with party music for entertainment and dancing. Also please feel free to bring your own Ipod or phone music and we can play it through our system. During the cruise around the harbour, you will be served a delicious buffet banquet and of course the bar is open for your choice of wine, beer and spirits. (A copy of our Dinner Menu is set out below.)
Hors d’oeuvres will be served as soon as the ferry sets sail with a continuous open bar for drinks.
Dinner is usually served an hour into the cruise once the ferry has anchored in a sheltered spot.
After dinner, the music is in action with plenty of dancing and our onboard stereo and party lights.
If you have any special requirements or requests, please let us know and we will be happy to oblige if possible.

Cost $59.75 per head inclusive of cruise and buffet dinner.
(Minimum number 30 guests.
On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 35 guests)

Duration: 3 hours
 Departs Queens Wharf 8.30pm, returns 11.30pm on weekdays and anytime from 6pm on weekends




The Evening Fare

Hors d’oeuvres served on boarding:

Antipasto Platter

A selection of dried fruit and nuts

Cheeseboard with Turkish Bread

Marinated New Zealand Green Mussels

Chip Platter with Salsa and Hummus


Choice Cut Marinated Sirloin Steaks

Fresh Tarakihi, baked in tin foil parcels with a Lemon Pepper Marinade

Glazed Champagne Ham

A selection of salad

Fresh Bread rolls


Apple Pie, Berry Cheesecake, Chocolate Brownie

with cream and yoghurt

Fresh Fruit Salad

(Menu may slightly differ due to season and availability)


2.  Curry Cruising

The newest edition to our Charter options are our curry cruises. We have teamed up with Mahajaras Indian restaurant to offer a 2 course buffet meal (also options to increase to 3 course meal). The starters and mains will be available throughout the cruise and are kept hot in bain maries. Contact us to learn more about food options with this Cruise.

Sample menu below: (contact us for a copy of our full menu options)

Vegetable Samosa, Pakora & Bhajees

Mains/ Curries
Butter Chicken
Rogan Josh
Vegetable Kurma

Butter Naan, Garlic Naan & Basmati rice

Cost $59.75 per head inclusive of cruise and buffet dinner.
(Minimum number 30 guests)
On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 35 guests)

Duration: 3 hours
 Departs Queens Wharf 8.30pm, returns 11.30pm on weekdays and anytime from 6pm on weekends


3. Casino Cruising

We’ve teamed up with the best casino operators in town and this will certainly be a night for your staff, colleagues or social club to remember. Our  our croupiers will be at the tables awaiting your bets!
You will you enjoy a superb buffet meal on board and our fully licensed bar will be open to whet the appetite for the play gambling fun. All guests will be issued with play  gambling chips on boarding and you can try your luck at the tables.

Cost $72.50 per head inclusive of cruise, buffet dinner and casino fun.
 (Minimum number 40 guests.
On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 50 guests)
Departs Queens Wharf 8.30pm, returns 11.30pm on weekdays and anytime from 6pm on weekends.


4. Lunch Cruising

A great way to treat your team, entertain your clients, or perhaps launch a new product!
We’ll take you on a lunch time cruise of our magnificent harbour that you won’t forget!

Cost $57.50 per head ( Minimum number 30 pax)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Normally departs Queens Wharf 12 noon returns 2.30pm (weekdays only)


5. Cocktail Cruising

If you are just looking for a special cocktail hour, perhaps before dinner in town or as part of a mystery tour, then this is the one for you.  You’ll be served hors d’oeuvres on board while you tour the harbour in the comfort of our spacious catamaran and our fully licensed bar will of course be open to serve your drinks.

Cost per head $42.50 inclusive of cruise and hors d’oeuvres.
(Minimum number 30 guests.)
On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 50 guests)

Duration: 2 hours
Departs Queens Wharf
Week Days 8.30pm, returns 10.30pm.
 Weekends – by arrangement from 5.30pm









6. Hire by the hour

Another option is to hire the boat by the hour, which doesn’t include food. We have a great selection of  music and food options available on a per head basis, ranging from nibbles to a full meal, which can accompany the cruise. Or you are more than welcome to organise your own catering if you wish, with this option. Weddings, birthdays, social functions, we’ll put together a cruise to suit! To hire the ferry, the cost is $595 for one hour, $1075 for 2 hours and $1450 for 3 hours (extra charges may apply in November / December – contact us to find out more). 



There is something for everyone so do give us a call on 04 499 1282.

Don’t take our word for it, this is what other people think of our cruises:

“East by West were absolutely amazing with catering for my 21st. We had many comments how amazing the night was, how delicious the food was and how friendly the crew were.
I cannot thank the crew enough for what they did. Everything had been prepared, set up and organised for us just to jump on and enjoy the night. The dinner cruise is an absolutely fantastic way to spend celebrating any sort of occasion.  I definitely would recommend using East by West charting services. Any questions or queries I had leading up to the night, Coralie didn’t hesitate to answer. I was informed with everything that would be required for the cruise. I would definitely be recommending East by West for any sort of celebration.”

“We bought a dinner cruise for our social club and just wanted to thank you and your team for a brilliant night out. It was lovely to do something different and to take advantage of our beautiful Wellington Harbour. 
Our group of 60 really enjoyed our plentiful three course meal and thank you so much for making sure our special diets were taken care of. The staff were excellent and really made sure the cruise was relaxed and enjoyable. Very happy to recommend this package and to re-book for a future event.” Zoe Hawkins - Social Club President, Mums In The City 

We all had a great time. It was such an original way to kick off the evening and all our guests were impressed!” Vaoa Kerr – Pacific Business

“Everyone had a great time (which is a pretty big ask!) and it took all the stress away from organising a Christmas function.” Juliette Sutton – BCITO

“Sarah was great; informative and really accommodating. Sarah arranged for the drinks we wanted to be available and negotiated a bulk price for the bar. She was approachable and nothing was an issue.”  Manager – Skintech

“Everyone had a great time and I’ve had lots of comments since, saying that it was the best night people have had out in a while.” Julie Kelly – Telecom

Pirate cruise








The Fine Print
The ferry accommodates up to 65 guests on catered cruises. The minimum number for the evening cruise mid-week is 30, and on Friday & Saturday during November & December, the minimum number is 35.
A deposit of  30% is required to confirm a cruise. Confirmed numbers at the time of deposit may decrease by a maximum of 10% if notified 72 hours prior to the cruise but in no circumstances can numbers drop below the minimum required. The balance of the cruise payment is required on or before the night. The bar can be run on a tab to be paid at the end of the evening or on a pay-as-you-go basis.