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Swarbrick Landing/Days Park - Hamilton Gardens Return
Explore the incredible Hamilton Gardens by boat! Park your car, or ride your cycle to Swarbrick Landing/Day’s Park and hop on board our vessel departing at 10am for Hamilton Gardens. After a relaxing 50-minute river cruise, spend a few hours exploring the amazing gardens, then hop back on board for the 30-minute return cruise departing at 1pm.

Hamilton Gardens - Mystery Creek Return
Enjoy native bush, waterfalls and some amazing riverside estates upstream of Hamilton Gardens on this 80-95 minute upstream cruise experience.

Hamilton Gardens - Swarbrick Landing/Day's Park Return
Hamilton Gardens - Swarbrick Landing/Day's Park ReturnEnjoy spectacular views of the river and Hamilton city downstream of Hamilton Gardens on this 80-95 minute cruise experience.

Hamilton Gardens - Mystery Creek 1-way (Return by minibus)
Enjoy native bush, waterfalls and some amazing riverside estates upstream of Hamilton Gardens on this 80-95 minute upstream cruise experience.

Cruise & Olde Creamery Café Lunch 1-way (return by minibus)
Enjoy native bush, waterfalls and some amazing riverside estates upstream of Hamilton Gardens on this 55-minute upstream cruise experience.

Cruise & Olde Creamery Café Lunch followed by Wine Tasting
Departing Hamilton Gardens at 11am on selected Saturdays throughout winter, the first part of your experience has you enjoying native bush, waterfalls and some amazing riverside estates upstream of Hamilton Gardens on a 55-60 minute upstream river cruise … then enjoying a hearty lunch at the Olde Creamery Café amongst mature English trees and tranquil gardens.

Cruise & Mystery Creek Wine Tasting 1-way (return by minibus)
Enjoy native bush, waterfalls and some amazing riverside estates upstream of Hamilton Gardens on this 80-95 minute upstream cruise experience.

Deluxe 3.5 Hour Cruise with Lunch
Combine either our 10am, 11am & 1pm departures or our 11am and 1pm departures with lunch and you have our very popular Deluxe Cruise.

Fieldays Ferry
Riding the Waikato Explorer to events at Mystery Creek Events Centre certainly beats sitting in long traffic queues and the long walk back to the car at the end of the day with bags of bargains and samples.
Deposit and Cancellation Information
Departures:
Waikato River Explorer Cruises Depart from the River Jetty @ Hamilton Gardens (Just down the hill from the Gate 1 car park).

Terms and Conditions of Sale and Cruises


  • Scenic Cruises run in all weathers due to the river environment not having an adverse effect on conditions.

  • Bookings for Scenic Cruises may be transferred to an alternative date if that date is available no less than 24 hours from sailing.

  • No refunds will be given if passengers don't turn up for a sailing.

  • All sailings are subject to change at Waikato River Explorer’s discretion for reasons of operational requirements.

  • Tickets are refundable if Waikato River Explorer cancels the service. This is most likely to happen if operational conditions on the river prevent the vessel from conducting safe passage.

  • If a group has chartered the vessel for a function and a scheduled cruise has been cancelled, notification of this will be made via the website no less than 24 hours prior to sailing.

  • Passengers are guaranteed seats on Scenic Cruises if tickets are bought and paid for online or by other means no less than 24 hours from the commencement of that cruise and that cruise will NOT be available for charter.

  • Waikato River Explorer reserves the right to refuse any person access on any sailing for any reason including any person who is unruly in behavior, unfit to travel, is likely to cause distress or discomfort to other passengers or has previously engaged in any unlawful activities affecting the company. The Master may also require any person to leave the vessel.

  • All prices are in NZ$ and include GST.


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