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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Lovely paddle steamer cruise up the Whanganui River

We went on the two-hour "Cruising at 11", which was very enjoyable. There was some commentary... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
David A
Great trip on good Friday

WHen arriving in Wanganui we saw this steam paddle boat and was hoping to have a trip. Just our... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Busselton, Australia
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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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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We went on the two-hour "Cruising at 11", which was very enjoyable. There was some commentary along the way, though it was not always audible. The Waimarie has a small cafe on board, serving excellent scones with jam and cream.

Thank David A
Reviewed 16 April 2017

WHen arriving in Wanganui we saw this steam paddle boat and was hoping to have a trip. Just our luck they were going to be open on good Friday and so we went out for a lovely two hour trip up the river, which was...More

Thank Keza_WA
Reviewed 13 April 2017

It is like stepping back in history with the two hour trip up the river on the paddle steamer. This has been lovingly restored with obvious pride taken by all crew members. The commentary is well done providing an insite into the significance of the...More

Thank Reynard1
Reviewed 8 April 2017

A 2 hour trip on a 100 year old paddle steamer, rescued from a watery grave and then re-built as a wonderful piece of history. Jenny Patrick's novel, Landings, should be read as it adds an authentic image of those bygone times. The commentary added...More

Thank RonKupe
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Exciting for the kids to see how a steam ship works. They asked 'what's coal?' !! However very expensive for a family to afford. I guess it's for the tourists not for New Zealanders. Such a shame.

Thank peggyfittes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Worthwhile 2 hour trip up and down the river with an interesting comentary. Nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the river.

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A great way to spend a couple of hours; relaxing and peaceful. The running commentary was informative without taking attention away from the landscape and ambiance. A mixture of old and young, NZ-ers and tourists. Good value for money!

Thank brianbnz2
Reviewed 10 March 2017

The dedication of those who restored this lovely old steamer and created the museum that captures an important part of New Zealand history is amazing. The trip took us an hour up the river and back again. Food and refreshments were available while the tour...More

Thank DavidChapple1937
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We saw lots of city views and a bit of the country on the trip. The commentary was informative and good. It is amazing how they can turn such a big boat around in so little space. Children can send notes back to the base...More

Thank yank
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Great way to spend a couple of hours. Loved the way they added more history by attaching notes from passengers to Homing Pigeons and setting them off to take them back to base for the passengers to collect.

Thank Elijah01NewZealand
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4 March 2017|
Response from NickiWaimarie | Property representative |
A motel neat the river,Riverside Motel is the closest to the Waimarie Centre. If you wish for an upmarket place I suggest The Sienna Motor Lodge, Kingsgate, or Midtown Mtor Inn. These are all in Voctoria Av
10 February 2017|
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Response from NickiWaimarie | Property representative |
Yes but every .passenger needs to have reasonable mobility to get up and down the gang plank and the stairs.
Julie M
21 February 2015|
Response from annienanney | Reviewed this property |
During Nov and Dec 2016. sailing times are 11 a.m. on Sat and Sunday. You need to board at 10.30 a.m. There is a one hour sailing on Fridays at 5.30 a.m.