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“Waimarie” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whanganui Riverboat Centre

Whanganui Riverboat Centre
1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui, New Zealand
+64 6 347 1863
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Ranked #11 of 19 Attractions in Wanganui
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maraekakaho
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“Waimarie”
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.

Visited December 2012
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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“A Different Form Of River Experience”
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.

Visited November 2012
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“Start here for Pipiriki”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

If you want a hair raising drive of some 90 kliks, start here. Follow the road to Pipiriki, turning left after passing St Mary's Church. The winding road ascends through forests (be careful of the logging trucks) and stop to admire the view over the Wanganui River in the valley below. Now your journey begins. Descend and travel above the river to your left. The views are spectacular where ever you look. The road is narrow, many blind bends, overhanging rocks and trees to the right. Travel by Paris, London, Athens and Jerusalem (early settlements). Road surface is gravel and rough at times, do not try during the rains, you will get bogged down. When we return we will do it again, this time knowing what to expect. At Pipiriki follow the good road to Raitihi. Or , if you have the nerve turn round and go back! Never to be forgotten.

Visited February 2012
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portland oregon
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“Relaxing trip w/ a cold beer and a view of the crazy lush scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

My good friend Claudia, a local Kiwi Glass Artist treated me to this cruise and what a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. You board an antique paddle boat that was sunken for almost half a century but was fully restored and is now the only one of it's kind in NZ.
Leaves from about ctr of town near some restaurants so you can hang there while waiting for the ride. Your hectic travel pace is now slowed way down and you can actually see all the cool plants unlike out of a car window as they whiz by too fast. The speed is perfect, like a cross btwn walking and driving… and you're never bored because there is always something new to see...
Good info from on board guide about area and NZ history particularly the Maori… reasonable prices on food wine & beer but not specially prepared. I'd been trying to see too much, too fast (as is easy to do in Kiwi Land) and this cruise adjusted my mood perfectly. At some points, where there were not so many houses to be seen, I felt like one of the first explorers, who had to travel mostly by water because of the dense jungle. Was worth the money…. bring suntan lotion or hat as best views are up top mostly w/o shade.

Visited March 2011
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