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Waimarie

1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Nice ride on the river

The trip on the river was great, and the commentary was very informative about the boat and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sharlene_and_Paul
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Wellington, New Zealand
absolute top trip

Fantastic trip with good commentry by Murray. Fabulous boat not very large and will be crowded if... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Baldbutsexy
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Stretton-On-Dunsmore, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average5%
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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The trip on the river was great, and the commentary was very informative about the boat and Whanganui. We went down to the engine room and watched them stoke the fire,and was told how the boiler worked. t was a really nice relaxing trip. This...More

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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed it

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic trip with good commentry by Murray. Fabulous boat not very large and will be crowded if the full compliment of 150 goes aboard. Remember it's coal fired so there will be smoke so don't go in your Sunday best! Fine for snacks on board...More

1  Thank Baldbutsexy
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NickiWaimarie, Owner at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Glad you enjoyed the trip on the Waimarie. Although we are registered for 150 passengers our policy is to keep it to about 100 at the most to ensure it is comfortable to move around.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the jazz cruise during the Vintage weekend. The staff were lovely, friendly and helpful and the music was fabulous. They provided free finger food and one free drink on arrival with additional drinks available at very reasonable prices. The only slight drawback was...More

Thank LanceCate
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

glad you enjoyed the Jazz Cruise. We are trying to find a process to have sound right through out the boat for the future

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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Booked our ticket on line the day before but could have waited until the day and bought in the Waimarie museum. Boat sailed at 11am everyday. Went upstream with a commentary on local sites and history. The coal/steam paddle driven boat is very quiet and...More

Thank Molenders
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Glad you enjoyed the cruise.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

The boat itself is pretty impressive considering its age. The trip is a slow slog that doesn't go very far and then just turns around. And expensive to boot.

Thank Nicole B
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

I guess a 114 year old boat seems pretty slow today, but I hope you enjoyed the cruise.

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

An extended family group of 9 adults plus 4 preschool children went for a lovely cruise on the Waimarie on Boxing Day. There was an informative commentary and many areas of the boat we could wander around including a cafe area. We were able to...More

Thank WellingtonJen
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

A lovely morning on the whananganui river. Very informative and relaxing. We took our family from the USA and they were most impressed. Worth the effort.

Thank Jeannette C
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

so glad your visitors enjoyed the cruise.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Beautiful boat, friendly staff, easy cruise, and in good weather a stunning trip up the river. We lucked out and got a Santa trip as well :)

Thank Hayley B
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Santa cruise is a favorite with the Crew also.

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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Cruise was good but felt meal was not value for money. Crew were friendly and helpful and provided good information.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

This old girl has been repaired and back in business and the crew are doing an excellent job,Climb into the boiler room and shovel some coal into the boiler.

Thank Robert M
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NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

thanks for your review Robert. We all love our wonderful paddle steamer.

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gardenswapw
5 March 2017|
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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
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FranG1
11 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.
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Julie M
21 February 2015|
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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.
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