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Reviewed May 10, 2016

An easy 2 hour excursion during which you get to learn a little history of the town, the river, and the Waimarie, the restored steamer you travel on. Run by warm, friendly locals there's a good blend of recorded commentary and Captain's comments on the day. Lovely touches were getting to climb down steps to the guys in the boiler room for a close up look at the machinery plus releasing homing pigeons for the kids at the half way point to take their messages back to the departure point. I'm guessing we might have been 100 passengers plus on board which it handled easily. Everywhere gets a good view, inside or out ,and there's even a little café onboard for a beer and a sandwich. A good fun little Kiwi style excursion well worth doing.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed May 1, 2016

This review covers the Wanganui River Road that is accessed from State Highway 4, about 14 kilometres northeast of the city. Once you are on the road it winds alongside the river. Initially, you climb a long hill and are rewarded with a great view at the top, along the gorge. From then on it's a very winding route which, to be honest, gets a little tiresome but is very picturesque. Probably, it's more rewarding to take one of the kayak trips up the river itself.
There's a very beautiful marae at Ranana. At Jerusalem (Hiruharama) you can stop to visit St Joseph's church and the convent. There's also a little shop serving ice creams, chips (crisps) and the like - you are served through the window by a cheerful local. It's almost bizarre to come across this after such a long drive along this unpopulated route.
Another 10km north of Jerusalem and you reach Pipiriki where the road heads east to Raetihi. At this point (Pipiriki) the road ends and, if you want to continue to follow the river, you'll need a boat! There's access here to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, Jetboat and other adventures.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

this river has some nice parks along its foreshore a good river for boating and just a nice place to relax

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Kenny R
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Reviewed April 24, 2016

The Wanganui River has several attractions and the best we have found is the Paddle Steamer. Which we will do again and take the children.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank cw1Perth
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Reviewed April 18, 2016

The river is known by Kiwis as the only river in NZ that flows upside down. Other people have told you about the different things you can do ON the river, but what about beside it? If you go to the southern end of Victoria Ave and turn right, you will be able to keep your eyes open for some interesting art alongside the river. Well worth stopping and taking some photos. You will see the pencils nearer the next bridge (which you will cross if you are heading up the middle of the island).

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank SLRobinsonNZ
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