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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 puff...  more »
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  • It was nice for an hour but 2 hours was too long. Couldn't hear the history lesson very clearly and I am sure there could be a lot more history they could share. Had food but very basic and could of use gloves. The sandwiches were at children height and had no cover over them which was gross. Coffee needs to be updated. Wouldn't recommend but wasn't very expensive however I would rather pay more and have nice coffee and food to buy. The staff were nice and answered questions. Sucked seeing all the rubish in the river. Maybe a game could be made out of catching it in a net to deposed of it.
  • Must do on a nice day. A great relaxing way to see the river with a history lesson thrown on top. Travel tip: Make sure you get there early so you get a good seat preferably on top. Pokémon Go tip: Great way to hatch eggs
  • Very interesting museum with the history of paddle steamers on the river
  • Great experience with a friendly crew. Worth the money.
  • I haf very comfortable, easy, and relaxed time. but 2hrs tour is too long.
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