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Address: 1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand (Formerly Whanganui Riverboat Centre)
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+64 6-347 1863
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Fri 16:00 - 17:30
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Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery...

Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history. Regular cruises aboard the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer - NZ’s only coal-fired paddle steamer operating from the golden riverboat era - are available during warmer months (October - April) and private charter cruises can be made by arrangement anytime. View cruise entertainment, timetable, prices and purchase tickets online or at the Waimarie Centre, where you can also uncover river memorabilia at the Waimarie Museum and marvel at a 134-year old architecturally designed building.

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You must go on this river trip

Historic and fun. You can go down into the engine room and shovel coal into the boilers if you want. everyone on board is friendly and there is a commentary about the history and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic and fun. You can go down into the engine room and shovel coal into the boilers if you want. everyone on board is friendly and there is a commentary about the history and river as you go along. If it is cold you can sit downstairs in the lounges where it is warm and just look out the windows.... More 

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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this review

Thanks Thatoldbloke Always good to get feed back glade you enjoyed your trip Just a reminder we sail every day except Tuesday at 11 am for an adult cost of $45.00 More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the Waimarie for my birthday present a few days after Christmas. The trip was lovely, and the staff on the boat were really friendly and helpful. Everyone in the family enjoyed themselves. My husband and our 12 year old boy really enjoyed going into the engine room and watching the engineer and fireman at work. Our little... More 

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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words DW. This feed back will be passed onto the crew More 

Whanganui, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We joined friends for an evening Christmas-themed river cruise. The weather was perfect and although the cruise was rather packed we very much enjoyed the relaxed vibe. It was the ideal amount of time - long enough to chill out, catch up and have fun but not so long that we came away feeling over it or bored. The meal... More 

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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this review

Thanks for your feed back Nin132 I am sorry that we were not able to meet your meal expectations this time round. Prompted by your comments I have put in place a better coffee management system and sent your comments onto the caterer. More 

Thames, New Zealand
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

What an amazing credit to the many volunteers who have put in tens of thousands of hours restoring this steamer from its watery grave to pristine condition. All the sounds and smells of the past, a friendly and helpful crew. I even got to write a message to be carried by pigeon back to base which we collected afterwards. Great... More 

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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words I have posted them on the Volunteer notice board as a reminder of how indebted we are because of the hard work More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

A relaxing river cruise on a restored steamship. Sit back and watch the world roll by! Right out of a by-gone era!

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Wellington New Zealand
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is an amazing story of the steamboat which came back from a buried wreck, to again tun the lower river as it had gone decades ago. If you go one thing in Whanganui, do this. Its unique, and the little museum at its base (including a second steamer not yet restored) adds to the enjoyment.

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

A 'must do' experience if you are passing through or staying anywhere near Whanganui. An original river steam paddle ship steeped in the pioneering history of New Zealand, rescued by enthusiasts from its ignominious decline in the river bed and restored to its previous glory. There's internal seating if its chilly and plenty more on deck providing great views during... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A leisurely trip, on the Wanganui River, taking in the history and the sights from the decks of the Waimarie Paddle Stemer was a wonderful way to spend a morning. Watching the coal being shovelled into the furnace, the great clouds of smoke and steam that erupted every time the furnace was refuelled and listening to the rhythmic chuff of... More 

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

for a first timer, lovely trip up the river, lets you fall into the ancient era and experience the trip in style...at first you get to sit and hear the informative session on the history of the lovely vessel, then you gain your confidence and steam through the vesel and chat with the friendly crew who talk about their work...if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Best way to see and appreciate the Whanganui river. Have been on the P.S Waimarie many times for work functions and family trips and enjoy it every time.

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