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About Waikato River Explorer
Offering either Cafe Cruises Thursday - Sunday or our popular Fast Ferry service between Pukete, Swarbrick's Landing, Waikato Museum and Hamilton Gardens. Our Ferry Service operates Wednesday - Saturday and our Cafe Service is available from Thursday - Sunday & Public Holidays. The Cafe Cruise, cruises under Century-old bridges, alongside historic Maori Pa sites and the site of the first European landings in the mid 1860s. Our Cafe, the most unique in the country is fully licensed and our onboard Cafe & Bar is open on all cruises. Both cruise options offer a totally unique view of New Zealand's fourth largest city.
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Tai L wrote a review Apr 2022
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The landscape is so nice and also the foods. There is also a guide along and introduced the history of bridges and some of them were a surprise to me
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from DarrenM430, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer
Responded 8 May 2022
Thanks so much for the amazing review. We would love to welcome you back again some time!
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Two Kiwis wrote a review Apr 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Relaxing, informative, friendly staff, lunch food quality was really good - we would recommend this cruise and want to do it again in a different direction on the river.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Paula B wrote a review Feb 2022
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Really lovely cruise, service above and beyond and good value for money. Enjoyed the views and drinks
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Jason G wrote a review Aug 2021
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The crew on board were really friendly and helpfull. Great service and look forward to cruising with them again in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from DarrenM430, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer
Responded 15 Aug 2021
Thanks so much for the wonderful review ... we hope to see you guys again soon.
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s-d-mcf wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
We had a very relaxing and pleasant time on the dinner cruise; from the beginning the staff made us feel welcomed and special. The meals were very flavoursome, filling, and had a good-size servings of vegetables and potatoes to class it as a real dinner (not simply a meat course with a few token bits of veg & potato masquerading as a garden sculpture). The staff were always cheerful and worked to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and received best value for money. It was one of the best dining-out experiences we've had in recent years. (If you aren't gifted a voucher, I suggest that you book online for best value.)
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from DarrenM430, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer
Responded 30 Apr 2021
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We aim to please! We hope to see you guys again soon.
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