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Harken back to the bygone era of steamboats and luxury travel with a 1-hour breakfast or lunch cruise aboard the only paddlewheel boat on Lake Rotorua. This authentic replica of a Mississippi River paddle boat takes you to notable sights such as Sulfur Bay, Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island while you enjoy a buffet meal. A glass of wine, beer or juice is included with lunch. 


  • Breakfast or lunch cruise on an authentic replica of a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat
  • The gourmet breakfast or lunch showcases the best of New Zealand's local produce
  • World-famous Kiwi hospitality
  • Unbeatable views of Lake Rotorua area, including Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island

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What You Can Expect

Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Head to the Rotorua lakefront in the morning or afternoon, and board a Mississippi River–style paddlewheel steamboat, a unique replica that blends 19th-century elegance with modern comforts. This is definitely one Rotorua activity not to be missed!

Take a seat in the spacious dining room and indulge in a gourmet breakfast or lunch buffet made from the finest New Zealand–grown produce while your vessel gently plies the waters of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, beer or juice with lunch, or purchase a drink from one of the two bars available on board (own expense).

As your captain steers you in sight of Kawaha Point, Sulfur Bay and Mokoia Island, listen to informative commentary about Rotorua and its picturesque lake. After your meal, find a comfortable spot from which to appreciate the lakeshore’s lovely scenery, and be on the lookout for wildlife and plenty of photo opportunities.


Breakfast Menu
Cold Selection:
  • Freshly baked breakfast rolls and croissants served with New Zealand jams and preserves
  • Assorted traditional cereals
  • Fresh Kiwi fruit
  • Sliced peaches, pears and plums
  • Seasonal New Zealand dairy yoghurt
  • Fresh fruit platter
Hot Mains:
  • Farm-fresh scrambled eggs
  • Hot grilled bacon
  • Sweet baked beans
  • Oven-baked hash brown potatoes
  • Grilled sausages
  • Stir-fried egg noodles with fresh seasonal vegetable
  • Milk
  • Fresh chilled orange juice
  • Assortment of herbal teas
  • Coffee

Lunch Menu
  • Chef's choice of fresh salads of the day
Hot Mains
  • Steamed fragrant rice
  • Medley of seasonal fresh vegetables
  • Steamed gourmet potatoes with garlic butter and spring onions
  • Stir-fried rice with farm eggs and bacon
  • Grilled Cajun chicken with fresh vegetables
  • Grilled BBQ lamb ribs
  • Freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Assortment of hot herbal teas
  • Coffee
  • Glass of house wine, beer or juice

Customer Reviews

Janice D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The breakfast was better than any resort. it was excellent and a good variety. Brilliant to see a good supply of fruits a starter. Well worth it. Will do it again next time we are in Rotorua.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

even though it was raining it was still a relaxing cruise, the food was very good for a buffet and staff
where very nice. very good value for money.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

When we arrived to go on this tour we were met with the most beautiful sunrise. We took some photos one of which we got made into a canvas and now hangs on our wall at home. We were greeted by a member of staff and shown onto the boat and although the boat could hold 300 people and only 8 arrived for the sailing the trip went ahead. The tour and food were top class and I can't thank the captain and staff enough as this trip was one of the highlights of our holiday.

sandra r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Nice staff great lunch. Beautiful time.

Isobel M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent. Combined a hot buffet lunch with an ever changing beautiful scenery.

Kierra Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Had a really relaxing and peaceful breakfast cruise! The food was great, but the staff were amazing! Really enjoyed this cruise!!

Tania H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful, relaxing, beautiful views, and friendly staff. The food was great and had plenty of variety. A realy enjoyable afternoon was had by all on board.

Mrs Rosemarie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

It was a fantastic trip.

noel r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Loved Rotorua, the Paddle Boat was great. Food was really nice, well worth the money. And was very happy with Malfroy Motel, Ron the owner couldnt do enough for us, very clean and pretty garden. We will definately be back and stay at Malfroy again. the negative side we could have stayed another week. Would love to go on the Paddle Boat again. Loved Rotorua, was my favourite place.

Rodney B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We took the breakfast cruise and what a great start to our day. The crew were great from welcoming us aboard through to our departure back at the wharf. Breakfast was well prepared and presented and would have catered for any dietary needs. The cruise was very pleasant with a good commentary.

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