Waimarie, Whanganui

(4.8/5 based on 55 reviews on the web)
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 did the 'cruising at 11' with the oldies visiting from Oz and our young family. Great trip out, well looked after, knowledgeable crew in terms of the boat's history and the local area. Plenty of ro...  more »
  • Very helpful and knowledgeable staff/volunteers. Boat was totally ship-shape and spotlessly clean. Refreshments were mainly home-made, tasty and good value. Crew were very competent and happy to engag...  more »
  • Historic and fun. You can go down into the engine room and shovel coal into the boilers if you want. everyone on board is friendly and there is a commentary about the history and river as you go along...  more »