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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  • We went on the two-hour "Cruising at 11", which was very enjoyable. There was some commentary along the way, though it was not always audible. The Waimarie has a small cafe on board, serving excellent...  more »
  • WHen arriving in Wanganui we saw this steam paddle boat and was hoping to have a trip. Just our luck they were going to be open on good Friday and so we went out for a lovely two hour trip up the rive...  more »
  • It is like stepping back in history with the two hour trip up the river on the paddle steamer. This has been lovingly restored with obvious pride taken by all crew members. The commentary is well done...  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.
  • 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.
  • Really nice young lady who worked in office when we came few months back, she was friendly and had good customer service skills. Boat ride OK, food was expensive but the crew was nice.