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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...more
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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Reviewed 26 July 2018

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

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

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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

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

Thank D1788SJpaulined
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Hope you had fun

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This is a must do! I’ve been wanting to do this trip for a while now whilst visiting Whanganui and finally did It on a stunning sunny day, and I was t disappointed. The sound of the engine, steam puffing, the whistle & the paddles...More

Thank SassMelbourne
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thank you for such a good review. I trust all your troubles are still away.

Reviewed 25 February 2018

We got a lot of good information om the life by the river and this old and fabulous boat. The resturant served cold TUI and the day was perfect!

Thank BF M
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Wow what a lovely review..Come again there will be cold Tui again.

Reviewed 20 February 2018

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

1  Thank Sharlene_and_Paul
NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

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

Reviewed 31 January 2018

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
NickiWaimarie, Owner at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

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.

Reviewed 21 January 2018

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
NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

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

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

Glad you enjoyed the cruise.

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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.