Share the magic of the Opawa River and let us look after you for your next function. The River Queen creates a fantastic atmosphere for a celebration: guests love the moving panorama and find the River Queen's gentle pace instantly relaxing. You'll find there's always something interesting to see!

For initial booking inquiries, email us on info@marlboroughriverqueen.com send a message on Facebook, or phone Michelle on +64 21 507 404,  so we can capture the basic details for your function.

From there, we'll be happy to work with you to finalise everything and ensure you have a function to remember!


Here are some of the details to consider when booking a cruise:

  • The River Queen is available 365 days per year for private function hire. 
  • A cruise is generally 3 hours long, but you are welcome to be on board with your guests prior to sailing or after the event while the boat is moored. We are flexible with timing so can adjust the cruise schedule to meet your requirements. Please note that an extended cruising time may incur additional costs. And we can do shorter trips if needed for a reduced cost.
  • The River Queen is suitable for groups of up to 99 people.
  • Costs for hiring the River Queen are dependent on the size of your party. We charge $1200 (incl GST) for up to 40 people for a 3 hour cruise. For parties larger than 40 people, there is an additional $25 per person charge. Food and beverage costs are additional.
  • Our alcohol license requires food to be served at all functions. We cannot serve alcohol without also serving food. Select your perfect food combination from our finger food menu or our selection of buffet menus.
  • We have Eftpos facilities on board and a full bar.
  • You are welcome to bring your own ipod etc so you can play your own music on board: we'll show you how to plug it into our on-board sound system.
  • Check the calendar on our Availability page to make sure your dates are available and not already booked.
  • We can usually accommodate two cruises per day - a lunchtime and evening cruise.