Waimarie, Whanganui

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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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  • Cruise was good but felt meal was not value for money. Crew were friendly and helpful and provided good information.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • This was a fun activity for the team to help break up the drive from Welly tonNew Plymouth. The team is awesome, were really helpful when I initially queried, very quick I’m responding when I was conc...  more »
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  • Bit cold in winter but a really cool historic experience.
  • Enjoyed the trip - however, there wasn't to much to see on the journey there and back. It seemed a bit expensive for what it was. Highlights were seeing the steam engine being operated and seeing the carrier pigeons take the messages back to the boat shed.
  • Great way to spend a couple of hours
  • The section of river you get to see is not super interesting, but seeing a well restored, working steam ship in action and hearing the history is well worth it.
  • Fantastic authentic River Steam Paddlewheeler. Well run Best way to see the City and rural Whanganui.

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