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Motor Vessel Wairua

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Step aboard Motor Vessel WAIRUA and be transported back in time to 1904, The height of the Whanganui riverboat era. Upokongaro Village Cruise - 3.5 Hours: Enjoy 2 hours on the river and 1.5 hours in the village of Upokongaro for lunch and a tour of...more
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1H Taupo Quay, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 800 924 782
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent trip on the Wairua. The captain Sam and crewman Blair were so friendly that it was like going out for the day with family. Sam is so knowledgable about the history of not only his vessel but also the Whanganui River. His commentary was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Woodtahn
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

What a ride, Sam you are a asset to the Wanganui river, the best trip on the river I've been on and what a weather show we had as well, will find a reason to sail with you again

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SharonF2591
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

If you only have one day in Wanganui - make sure you spend it on the river in the Wairua. The Wairua is a fantastic opportunity for tourists (and locals!) to learn more about the history of Wanganui, and to experience the river as it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kat R
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Wanganui is an underestimated town on the west coast of the North Island of NZ. It isn’t on the tourist map but it should be as it is steeped in history and is a very attractive city. A major part of the beauty is the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alan R
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Did a 90 minute cruise up the river. Sam the skipper gave good account of vessel, river & history. Would have been better if we stopped for a short time in Upokongaro. At $35 pp this trip is a bit pricey. The vessel is well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ChimpR
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The Wairua river boat cruise was a trip through the pages of history. It took just over 2 hours. It is a very scenic trip, so make sure you bring a camera.The boat itself is compact but very comfortable. Sam, the captain, provided an informative...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Anna P
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Don't miss this interesting, peaceful trip on the river. Included in your 3 1/2 hour trip is an excellent commentary on the history of the ares and a visit to one of the oldest churches in NZ which is still in use today as a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank George P
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Had a great day. The Wairua is beautifully maintained and Dave, the captain the day of our trip, was informative and funny. It was great to get further up the river than on the short cruises and Hipango Park was lovely. Tea and coffee -...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Hanne A
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Being a smaller boat, this felt like a much more personalised service and we loved stopping at Upokongaro for a leisurely lunch at 4 forty 4. Sam was very entertaining and had a great knowledge of the river and Whangnui's history. Would highly recommend!

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Chris26123
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Sam the owner was skippering the boat. The weather not brilliant but none the less a very good trip. 55 minutes up to Upokongaro for a lunch stop over. Sam giving a running commentary on the history of the river and the boat. The stop...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Michael A
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