Charters | East by West Ferries


With cruises available all year round, host your next function onboard one of our ferries. Have a look through our options below.

If you’re tired of the regular restaurant routine, then come on board for one of our private charters and let our friendly East By West crew show you the magic of Wellington Harbour! We’ll show you a perspective of the city that you haven't experienced before, while you enjoy socialising with your friends and/or colleagues! We have a range of different cruise options that can be customised so they are a perfect fit for your get-together - whether that's a birthday party, social mixer, staff function, or corporate event. 

With thousands of hours working on the boats and plenty of sheltered spots around the harbour, our team know exactly the right places to go in all weather conditions, ensuring that you'll have a good night out on the water. 

Please note our charter pricing does is not inclusive of beverages so check out our bar menu for pricing on board.

There is something for everyone, so do give us a call on 04 499 1282 or email us at

Canapé/Cocktail Cruise - onboard our fully electric ferry, Ika Rere

If you're looking for a special event, then these are the ones for you.  You’ll be served canapes on board while you tour the harbour in the comfort of our spacious & quiet catamaran, Ika Rere! Ika Rere is our newest and largest, and fully-electric vessel; one of the first of its kind in the world, and the first in the southern hemisphere.

  • Cost:
    • 2hr Canape cruise. $89.95 per person.
    • 3hr Cocktail cruise. $99.95 per person.
  • Inclusive of harbour cruise, and canapes served onboard
  • Our fully licensed bar will of course be open to serve drinks (no BYO).
  • Minimum 35 guests. Maximum 70 guests.

BBQ Cruising (2 or 3 hours) - on board one of our classic ferries; Cobar Cat or City Cat

A great way to treat your team, entertain your clients, or celebrate a special event!

We’ll take you on a friendly cruise of our magnificent harbour, while serving a classic kiwi BBQ feast! 

  • 2-hour cruise cost: $59.95 per person
  • 3-hour cruise cost: $64.95 per person
  • Our fully licensed bar will of course be open to serve drinks (no BYO).
  • Minimum 30 guests. Maximum 55 guests.

Hire by the hour - onboard one of our classic ferries; Cobar Cat or City Cat

We also provide an option to hire one of our classic ferries by the hour, which is self-catered. You can choose your own catering to bring on board, while of course enjoying refreshing beverages from our open bar. If it suits better to have us organise the full event, check out our other options above or get in touch to discuss what you're after. Weddings, birthdays, social functions, we’ll put together a cruise to suit!

  • To hire the ferry, the cost is $1,199 for 2 hours and $1,599 for 3 hours
  • A sufficient amount of catering must be provided for all guests or the charter cannot depart.
  • No minimum number of guests. Maximum 55 Guests.

The Fine Print - Conditions of cruises

Our ferries accommodate between 55-65 guests on catered cruises (depending on type or cruise and vessel) A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to confirm a cruise. Final numbers are required seven days prior to charter, with payment for the balance of the charter required five days prior to charter (the final payment will include a refundable cleaning/inconvenience fee of $250 - only charged where an inconsiderate or unusually large mess is left). Our boats are all licensed, and the bar can be run either on a pre-paid tab or on a pay-as-you-go basis. BYO alcohol is not allowed on board.

Respect for our staff and rules is required. Unacceptable behaviour will result in individuals being dropped back at Queens Wharf before the charter resumes - repeated instances will see the charter canceled immediately with all guests returned to Queens Wharf (no refund payable).