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About Waimarie
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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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Must do if visiting Whanganui. Very informative and our teenage daughter was able to hold and release a homing pigeon. Food selection on board not great - coffee was only plunger type not barista (but still $4), and food selection was minimal and serving sizes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank p_ratts202
Reviewed 1 week ago

This two hour boat trip was excellent value. Informative talks by staff, nice cafe, lots to see, a definite must do

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HKinsey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of enjoying a 2 hour cruise on this beautiful boat. It’s a fun way to travel up the river & learn some history. My partner enjoyed learning a lot about the boats history and how it worked as well as being...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LauraE2770
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Enjoyable outing with pleasant Staff. Catering needs a lift, start with a decent coffee machine! Cheers.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kay H
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Always wanting to do this trip we finally made it. A very pleasant, leisurely ride it turned out to be. There are decks and rooms to sit in or you can wander around. A nice little boat cafe if you fancy a club sandwich and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mary h
Reviewed 23 October 2018

This two hour trip down the Whanganui river was very relaxed and a nice way to see Whanganui from the river. I would have enjoyed a little more commentary about the history and the restoration of the paddleboat but I guess that would depend on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JanLoads
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Very interesting trip and commentary on a rescued Paddle Steamer. Pleasant way to while away a few hours.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank HollyFan
Reviewed 22 March 2018

A great experiendce. The crew are awesome. The Homing Pigeon release is worth experiencing. If invited to go down into the engine room, it well worth doing as seeing the Boiler up close and feeling the heat from the furnace gives a great understanding of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 21 March 2018

When I read Paddle Wheels on the Wanganui by Alec and David Reid, the Waimarie was still buried in the mud at the bottom of the river. Now that she has been resurrected, you can relive the golden days - at least as far as...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank DanJVine
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Hope you enjoyed the cruise.

Reviewed 12 March 2018

The 2 hour cruise on the steam boat on the whanganui river was very interesting and very relaxing. The boat was very clean and well kept and the staff were very helpful and there was a good commentary. We took two carrier pigeons with us...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank D1788SJpaulined
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Hope you had fun

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26 July 2018|
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Response from annienanney | Reviewed this property |
The Waimarie has a sailing season in the summer time. Our new season begins on the 20th October 2018 through to end of April 2019. The winter months is time for the annual maintenance and maritime NZ compliance. The website... More
5 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
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.