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Paddle Steamer Waimarie

Whanganui, New Zealand
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About Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history cruising aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie - NZ’s only coal fired paddle steamer operating from the golden riverboat era. Cruising October to May - View cruise information, timetable, prices and purchase tickets online at our website. The vessel is also available for private charters. The Riverboat Museum is open 9.30am to 1.30pm every sailing day except Tuesdays and at other times by arrangement. During the off season (Mother’s Day to Labour Weekend) the museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 10.00am to 2pm and at other times by arrangement.
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Latimers wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand68 contributions12 helpful votes
Well worth the trip. A very nice cruise up the river and back with a running commentary explaining what we were seeing. There is a small snack bar on board but the prices are pretty steep ($4.50 for 1/4 of a sandwich!) Try to sit under cover if you're behind the funnel as the steam engine sometimes throws out small sparks.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Waimarie_Manager, Manager at Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Responded 28 May 2021
Thank you for your review and 5 star rating. We are pleased you enjoyed your time on board. We have also noted your comments regards food pricing for future consideration. And yes, being a steam engine fly ash does result on occasions.
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Maori Girl And White Boy wrote a review May 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand2 contributions
Really enjoyed the commentary would like to have heard more about the area coming back to town too! Was fantastic being in the steam room and talking to the team about the engine! Great local beer sold at the cafe!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Waimarie_Manager, Manager at Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Responded 17 May 2021
Thank you for your review maorigirlandwhiteboy. We are very pleased you enjoyed the cruise and our locally crafted beers. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Eddie H wrote a review May 2021
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Had a great two hour cruise on the Waimarie yesturday , very friendly atmosfer great crew ,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Waimarie_Manager, Manager at Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Responded 17 May 2021
Hi eddieh525, thank you for your 5 star review and recognising us as a must do while in Whanganui.
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Howard B wrote a review May 2021
Wellington, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Very enjoyable cruise up the Whanganui River on an original paddle steamer. Tea, coffee and snack food available.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Waimarie_Manager, Manager at Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Responded 9 May 2021
Hi Howard B, we are pleased you had an enjoyable time with us. Thanks also for the 5 star review.
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137ruthb wrote a review May 2021
30 contributions2 helpful votes
Brilliant 2 hour cruise on the Whanganui River. Crew were only too happy to answer questions- you can even go and hang out in the boiler room. Really great value for money too. Loved it
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Waimarie_Manager, Manager at Paddle Steamer Waimarie
Responded 9 May 2021
Thank you for the 5 star review 137ruthb. We are very pleased you loved the cruise and found it great value for money.
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