Welcome aboard the MV Waipa Delta...

In the spirit of paddle steamers of a bygone era, we welcome you aboard
the MV Waipa Delta...

Join us as we cruise New Zealand’s longest waterway, the mighty Waikato River. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner as lush willow-clad banks and an ever-changing skyline slip slowly by. Learn the rich history of the Waikato River as we pass historical sites, sacred Maori villages, ancient native trees and other scenes of beauty and interest. This is the most idyllic way to see the Waikato River.

The original paddle-steamer, the Waipa, transported settlers to the fertile heartland of the Waikato as far back as 1876.

Today, just as they did in the 1800’s, you can take a pleasure journey up and down this beautiful river.

Our beautiful meals complement the beautiful views – Join us for Lunch or Dinner, including the unique and mouth-watering Stonegrill dining experience – your meal served to you steaming on a volcanic stone heated to 400 degrees Celsius!

Our 3-Course Lunch Cruises, Coffee Cruises and Dinner cruises run 7 days in Summer months.

Every 4-Course Dinner Cruise includes live entertainment by talented local musicians. Sample something from our extensive wine list at the full upper or lower deck bar.

Glide lazily along the river, taking in its serene beauty, as you enjoy a steaming cup of tea or coffee and a freshly baked scone with Chantilly cream and jam on a Coffee Cruise. 

You can also charter the MV Waipa Delta exclusively for a memorable function.

Click here to learn more about a private function on board the MV Waipa Delta.