Charters | East by West Ferries

Charters

With cruises available all year round, host your next function on board one of our ferries. Please check out our options below.

Please note that passengers on private charter functions must show their vaccine certificate before boarding from Friday 3rd December 2021. As a private venue with your group having exclusive use of the vessel, charters can still go ahead under the Red alert level. Face coverings are encouraged when you are not eating or drinking.

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 colleages! 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. Please note cruise cost does not include beverages, so check out our charter drinks menu below for pricing. 

There is something for everyone, so do give us a call on 04 499 1282 or email us at info@eastbywest.co.nz.

Dinner Cruising

Our old favourite for those wanting a full-on evening of music, food and fun. We have a superb sound system onboard with party music for entertainment and dancing - or bring your own music! 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. 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.

  • Cruise cost $64.95 per head inclusive of cruise and buffet dinner.
  • Minimum number 30 guests.
  • On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 35 guests.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Evening cruises depart Queens Wharf @ 8.15 or 8.45pm on weekdays and from 6pm on weekends (earlier start times may be available weekends May - September, subject to availability).
  • Day cruises depart from Queens Wharf on weekdays any time from 11.30am, with the latest return back to Queens Wharf @ 3pm (weekend day cruises may be available May - September, subject to availability)

BBQ Cruising (2 or 3 hours)

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

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

  • 2-hour cruise cost: $54.95 per person
  • 3-hour cruise cost: $59.95 per person
  • Minimum number 30 guests.
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Evening cruises depart Queens Wharf @ 8.15 or 8.45pm on weekdays, and from 6pm on weekends (earlier start times may be available weekends May - September, subject to availability).
  • Day cruises depart from Queens Wharf on weekdays any time from 11.30am, with the latest return back to Queens Wharf @ 3pm (weekend day cruises may be available May - September, subject to availability)

Canapé 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: $44.95 per person, inclusive of cruise and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Minimum number 30 guests.
  • On Fri & Sat during Nov & Dec, minimum 35 guests.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Evening cruises depart Queens Wharf @ 8.15 or 8.45pm on weekdays and from 6pm on weekends (earlier start times may be available weekends May - September, subject to availability).
  • Day cruises depart from Queens Wharf on weekdays any time from 11.30am, with the latest return back to Queens Wharf @ 3pm (weekend day cruises may be available May - September, subject to availability)

Hire by the hour

Our final option is the Hire-by-hour cruise, 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 $1,165 for 2 hours and $1,570 for 3 hours
  • No minimum number of guests required
  • Extra charges may apply in November / December – contact us to find out more
  • Evening cruises depart Queens Wharf @ 8.15 or 8.45pm on weekdays and from 6pm on weekends (earlier start times may be available weekends May - September, subject to availability).
  • Day cruises depart from Queens Wharf on weekdays any time from 11.30am, with the latest return back to Queens Wharf @ 3pm (weekend day cruises may be available May - September, subject to availability)

The Fine Print - Conditions of cruises

The ferry accommodates up to 65 guests on catered cruises. A deposit of 30% is required to confirm a cruise. Confirmed numbers at the time of deposit may decrease if notified before catering order is processed 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.