Charters | East by West Ferries

Charters

East by West Cruises

With cruises available all year round, host your next function onboard one of our ferries. Have a look through our cruise options to find one that suits your group, then click Book Now to check availability and book in with us. 

If you’re tired of the regular restaurant routine, organise a private charter and enjoy the magic of Wellington Harbour. Our friendly team will show you a perspective of the city that you haven't experienced before, while you enjoy socialising with your friends / colleagues. With a range of cruise options to suit your get-together (whether that's a birthday party, social mixer, staff function, or corporate event) and an experienced crew who know exactly where to take you based on weather conditions, we gaurantee your event will be a hit!

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

If you're after something slightly different from what's detailed below, feel free to get in touch! 04 499 1282 or email us at info@eastbywest.co.nz.

Hire by Hour (one - two hours)

Cruise around the harbour with a drink in hand, perfect for a pre or post dinner activity.
  • $800 for one hour, $1,199 for two hours 
  • No minimum number, maximum 55 people on diesel boats, or 70 on our electric ferry
  • Substantial catering is required for cruises of more than one hour, although you are welcome to bring catering for a one hour cruise
  • Our fully licensed bar will be open to serve drinks (no BYO)

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BBQ Cruise

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 delicious BBQ meal, provided by Wilson Barbecue.

  • 2-hour cruise cost:
    • $64.95 per person (standard portion meal)
    • Add 2 x ribs for an extra $8.50pp or mac and cheese bite for $7.50pp
  • Our fully licensed bar will be open to serve drinks (no BYO)
  • Minimum 30 guests. Maximum 55 guests
  • See BBQ menu here

 

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Canapé Cruise 

If you're not quite after a full meal but want to provide your guests with some delectable nibbles, this option is for you. Choose up to 7 options from a range of tasty savoury and sweet canapes.

  • 2-hour cruise cost:
    • $64.95 per person (7 canapés per person)
  • Our fully licensed bar will be open to serve drinks (no BYO)
  • Minimum 30 guests. Maximum 55 guests
  • See list of canapé choices here (subject to change).

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Transport

Don't quite have enough numbers to meet the minimum group size for the above options? We can take your group to Mātiu/Somes Island where you can host an event on an island in the middle of a harbour!

Or use our ferry to get between Queens Wharf and Days Bay and picnic at Williams Park, or enjoy one of the amazing hospitaility venues in Days Bay!

See our timetables below and click here to get in touch about making a booking.

Queens Wharf - Days Bay

Queens Wharf - Mātiu/Somes Island

Days Bay - Mātiu/Somes Island

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 deposit invoice will include a refundable cleaning/inconvenience fee of $250 - this is normally refunded after the charter, and is 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).