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Address: 1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand (Formerly Whanganui Riverboat Centre)
Phone Number: +64 6 347 1863
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Description:

Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery...

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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a relaxing cruise

A relaxing river cruise on a restored steamship. Sit back and watch the world roll by! Right out of a by-gone era!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Charles S
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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146 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A relaxing river cruise on a restored steamship. Sit back and watch the world roll by! Right out of a by-gone era!

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Wellington New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This is an amazing story of the steamboat which came back from a buried wreck, to again tun the lower river as it had gone decades ago. If you go one thing in Whanganui, do this. Its unique, and the little museum at its base (including a second steamer not yet restored) adds to the enjoyment.

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

A 'must do' experience if you are passing through or staying anywhere near Whanganui. An original river steam paddle ship steeped in the pioneering history of New Zealand, rescued by enthusiasts from its ignominious decline in the river bed and restored to its previous glory. There's internal seating if its chilly and plenty more on deck providing great views during... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

A leisurely trip, on the Wanganui River, taking in the history and the sights from the decks of the Waimarie Paddle Stemer was a wonderful way to spend a morning. Watching the coal being shovelled into the furnace, the great clouds of smoke and steam that erupted every time the furnace was refuelled and listening to the rhythmic chuff of... More 

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

for a first timer, lovely trip up the river, lets you fall into the ancient era and experience the trip in style...at first you get to sit and hear the informative session on the history of the lovely vessel, then you gain your confidence and steam through the vesel and chat with the friendly crew who talk about their work...if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Best way to see and appreciate the Whanganui river. Have been on the P.S Waimarie many times for work functions and family trips and enjoy it every time.

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Manaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

We have been on this excursion many a time and love taking friends, family or exchange students alike so they can share this unique experience too.

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Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

The trip was not to long and not too short just perfect to get the whole experience. I loved the fact you could put some coal in the furnace children loved it. Food was great and juice was also lovely, the scones especially :-) Was lots of fun and the birds was lovely thanks for letting us send letters with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful cruise on the Whanganui Rover aboard the PS Waimarie. Informative commentary, friendly crew, and a very relaxing and plesant couple of hours.

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Wonderful way to while away the afternoon with a two hour cruise in the Waimarie. Great views and lots of interesting information along the way. Staff are full of fun and knowledge would recommend for all visitors to the city.

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