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Whanganui Riverboat Centre

Address: 1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6 347 1863
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Ranked #11 of 19 Attractions in Wanganui
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were so glad that we chose to spend a couple of hours chugging up the Wanganui River. A real trip back in time. Very informative talk from the captain, who wore period clothing. Was able to see the boiler being stoked up. A one off experience. Recommended!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

An enjoyable couple of hours steaming up and down the Wanganui River on the PS Waimarie hearing about all the history of the river highway, long before rail.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I booked for a large family group ranging in age from 8 to 72. We had a very memorable trip starting with the museum which provided lots of interesting background information which helped set the scene for the trip itself. We found the staff lovely and very helpful, a great commentary was provided when we set off. However it was... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our riverboat trip. Was interesting trying to imagine the journey the early settlers must have made to even get this far and then to journey up the mighty Whanganui River on one of these fabulous old steam boats. Take time to go into the museum before or after your trip. You can learn the history, both of the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We really enjoy steam... anything, really. It sounded like a good time to ride the old stam-powered, paddle-driven riverboat. We even got 2 for 1 coupons from our motel. The ride was great. Not only did we get to experience an abreviated (2 hour) version of an old-fashioned river excursion, but we got to shovel coal into the furnace and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

located a short walk from the city centre. a two hour boat ride on a paddle steamer, plus intersting and informative historic displays at the centre. you can book you ride from the centre, online or by phone. we phoned after hours, left a message and we were called back. it was very easy. the ride takes you up the... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We booked a trip on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie at the local I-site and found when we arrived that on the quay was this fascinating museum which explained the history, not only of the paddle boats but of the river generally. Although all the information was there the presentation could have been improved -the place had a rather untidy air... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

What a lovely experience. Cruising sedately up the river for an hour, then docked for an hour to enjoy the supplied picnic and have a look around the little vilage of Upokongaro before returning to Wanganui. The crew were on the Waimarie were excellent, the commentary was informative without being too much and the singer, delighful. She has a lovely... More 

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maraekakaho
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Riverboat ride, 3 hours, lovely ride, 1 hour up river stop for an hour for lunch then 1 hour ride back, very nice and enjoyable would strongly reccommend. Book on internet for a secure booking and ticket.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Having done the trip on the paddle steamer on a couple of occasions we were delighted to find another boat trip available, on the motor vessel " Wairua. " We had two hours of pleasant cruising up the river with and friendly and well informer skipper who was only too pleased to answer all of our questions.

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