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Address: Taupo Quay adjacent to Moutoa Gardens, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 800 924 782
11:00 - 14:30
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Step aboard Motor Vessel WAIRUA and be transported back in time to 1904,...

Step aboard Motor Vessel WAIRUA and be transported back in time to 1904, The height of the riverboat era.

Join us on board the restored Motor Vessel WAIRUA for a heritage river cruise on the beautiful Whanganui River.

2 Hour River Cruise + 1.5 Hour Lunch Stop in the historic village of Upokongaro.(3.5 Hours)

Bring along a picnic or visit the cafe during the lunch stop.

Cash sales at the boat or tickets available at the Whanganui i-Site.

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Lovely 2 hour cruise.

Love steam engines. Travelled on several Steam Inc trips. A restored steam paddle steamer was a delight. Coal powered steam engines have that realy nice smell. I was invited into... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Peter M
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Love steam engines. Travelled on several Steam Inc trips. A restored steam paddle steamer was a delight. Coal powered steam engines have that realy nice smell. I was invited into the engine room to see it operation. Vey friendly staff.

Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

great relaxing river trip 1 hour each way freedom to roam the boat and go down to the boiler room children can send a message back to the dock on a carrier pigeon great half day trip

Thank dixieYorkshire
Exeter, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 over in Upokongaro lasts 90 minutes. This gives you plenty of time to eat and... More 

Thank Michael A
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4 reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Great trip, had extra kids staying, went on waimarie, staff very helpful and friendly. Kids loved the message on a pigeon...keep up the good work folks!!

Thank 12345kids
Hastings, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2016

A wonderful relaxing journey up the river with great commentary, spectacularly beautiful. Stops at Upokongaro for lunch at a delightful cafe and back to town. Thank you Dave and Peter for a great day out your knowledge and dedication is a great asset to the Wanganui city

Thank yilgarnstar
North Holland Province, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Great talk around the history of the boat and the area. Fascinating. Time to look around, take a picnic wear flat shoes. The volunteer Phillip was a friendly great guy. We really enjoyed our time on the Wairua and Whanganui river. What a beautiful experience.

Thank Mercedes_benz5
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

There is a tour guide in period dress on board who gives the passengers a talk on the history of the boat and the exploration of the Whanganui River. However I didn't hear any of it. To be honest I was just transfixed with looking at the engine room. You are even encouraged to get down and dirty with the... More 

Thank baxterbeagle
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2015

We struck it lucky with the weather, fine sunny and only a slight breeze. There were only a few of us on the trip as it was a week day, but it meant we had a personalised commentary. We learnt about the history of the river and the how the boat had been rescued from the mud to be restored... More 

Thank Artkatnz
Perth, Australia
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

As a part of a family reunion we decided to sail up the whanganui river, and what a great day it was. Apart from enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river banks with all our family, we also had a history lesson about the river from our very informative crew. The boat took us upstream to a park where we... More 

Thank 136Bren
Palmerston North
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224 reviews
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

A real piece of history! The MV Wairua is one of the original Mr Hatrick's river boats that used to ply the Wanganui River all the way up to a mooring called Houseboat. This riverboat has been lovingly restored from a wreck sunken in the river mud. It now sails up to Upokongaro and return. The ship is moored near... More 

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