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 Cruise - onboard our fully electric ferry, Ika Rere

If you're looking for a special event, then this is the one 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: $89.95 per person. Inclusive of harbour cruise, canapes, and first drink as you come on board.
  • Our fully licensed bar will of course be open to serve your drinks (no BYO).
  • Minimum 35 guests. Maximum 70 guests.
  • Duration: 2 hours (additional time is available for a fee)
  • Evenings 
    • On weekdays, departing Queens Wharf @ 8.00pm
    • On weekends, departing Queens Wharf from 7.30pm
  • During the day
    • On weekdays, departing Queens Wharf @ 12.00pm 
    • Weekend dates may be available May - September, subject to availability

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
  • 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 on 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 - 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 required.
  • Extra charges may apply in November / December – contact us to find out more
  • Evening cruises depart Queens Wharf at 8.15pm or 8.45pm on weekdays and from 6pm on weekends (earlier start times may be available weekends 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.