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Address: The River Jetty, Gate 1 Hamilton Gardens | Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
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+64 800 139 756
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Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Waikato River Explorer's 48-foot vessel Cynthia Dew operates ferry trips to...

Waikato River Explorer's 48-foot vessel Cynthia Dew operates ferry trips to Cafes and wine tasting cruises to Mystery Creek, home of Australasia's largest agricultural fieldays. There are also scheduled scenic cruises Tuesday-Thursday & weekends all year from Hamilton Gardens. Upstream cruises take in spectacular scenery with native bush, waterfalls and amazing properties and downstream cruises run under Hamilton's bridges. Cafe food is available for purchase on board and we are fully licensed.

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Waikato River Scenic Cruise
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River cruise day out

A great gentle cruise on the river Interesting to see the waikato from a different perspective Friendly captain

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 5, 2017
Andyoto
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We grabbed a couple of tickets off Grabone for the river cruise and Wine Tasting at Mystery Creek Wines for something different to do one weekend. Whilst the boat experience was pleasant there was not really a lot to see apart from the tree lined riverbank, the occasional large house and more trees. The wine tasting experience was fun however... More 

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Thank markwB2330RI
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Hi Mark, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent river cruise and wine tasting experiance. I am glad that you found the trip pleasant and the wine tasting fun. Unfortunately there's not a lot we can do about the scenery however other than to say that a lot of people enjoy the serenity of the upstream river cruise.... More 

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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

A great gentle cruise on the river Interesting to see the waikato from a different perspective Friendly captain

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Thank Andyoto
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review your excellent cruise experience with us. I will pass on your kins comments to the Captain. More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and private wine tasting at Mystery Creek. This included complimentary cartons of cheese and crackers which we devoured immediately without realizing they were intended to accompany the wine tasting. We recommend in future the crew should withhold these till arrival at Mystery Creek.

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Thank barrynesdale
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Hi Barry, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent experiance on the Waikato River Explorer. Thanks for you feedback regarding the complimentary Cheese & Crackers. I will have some stickers made up saying "These are for the Wine Tasting ... only to be eaten on the boat if you have forgotten your eftpos card for the cafe." Sorry... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

The river is peaceful and beautiful! We had a cheese platter for two and glass of wine which was very generous in size and the girls to great care of us !

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Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review you recent cruise on our boat. I will pass on your kind comments to our amazing crew. More 

Hamilton
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

This was a great way for our family to experience the mighty Waikato! It was raining but it didn't matter, very relaxing watching the waterfalls, water and beautiful homes! Lovely staff!

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Thank NinaHamilton
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your cruise with us last Sunday. Our wonderfull river is great to experiance in all weathers ... and it's a shame that some people are put off by the rain. it is really quite special. I will pass you kind comments back to the crew More 

hamiltron
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

stunning cruise up the waikato river. The boat has a few a modifications since i was last on it and i love the new viewing deck out the back. highly recommend.

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Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Hi there, Great to welcome you back! Thanks for your comments and your rating. our Viewing Deck has seen a lot of feet this Summer and is a welcome addition! More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

I took a morning cruise south. The boat was less than half full which meant plenty of room. Lots of green scenery and a great chance to bird spot. Not a lot of scenery but was lovely to zone out and watch the water go by. The commentary was great and covered all sorts of history and descriptions of the... More 

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Thank Tracy P
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to review your recent experiance with us. I think you have captured the essense of our upstream trip. I will pass your comments onto the crew. we hope to see you again in 2017. More 

Bedfordshire
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Possibly a generous 4 but a great way to spend a quiet couple of hours watching the world go by. Very friendly helpful crew. Would recommend the trio that goes towards the town for interest.

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Thank KandPBedfordshire
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your cruise on the Waikato River. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Negative first - I thought it was a bit overpriced but if you take into account that kids under 5 were free, it was worth it. The rest of the review is all thumbs up from us. The staff were lovely and super friendly. They had colouring in and ispy books for kids. An audio tour would come in at... More 

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Thank Nicki H
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent river cruise with us. I will pass on your kind comments to the crew. I am sorry if you though the pricing was too high. Boats cost a frustratingly large amount of money to run but as you have noted we work extra hard to make the food onboard... More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Very pleasant relaxing trip today. We took the 1pm sailing and was a most enjoyable way to spend 1hour 10mins. Scenery very good and friendly staff on board very polite. Had coffee and drinks available to purchase and served with a smile. Another plus is the boat is equipped with EFTPOS which in these days a plus for buying food... More 

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Thank Trisha826
Darren M, General Manager at Waikato River Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent river cruise with us. I will pass on your kind comments to the crew. More 

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