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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Two hours of relaxing and great scenery.

Great way to spend a couple of hours. Loved the way they added more history by attaching notes from... read more

Reviewed March 7, 2017
New Zealand
A trip on a stream driven paddel steamer

The ship was built over 100 years ago and served on the river. It was then abandoned and ended up... read more

Reviewed February 25, 2017
Manchester England
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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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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Reviewed March 7, 2017

Great way to spend a couple of hours. Loved the way they added more history by attaching notes from passengers to Homing Pigeons and setting them off to take them back to base for the passengers to collect.

Thank Elijah01NewZealand
Reviewed February 25, 2017

The ship was built over 100 years ago and served on the river. It was then abandoned and ended up on the river bed. A group of enthusiasts rescued and renovated it and they now offer 2 hour rivers trips most days of the week....More

Thank Humphrey_Wright
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Spent a lovely couple of hours on this wonderful boat, beautiful scenery - lovely red wine ! The only downside was that we couldn't hear the commentary. A must do.

Thank StacksnTressels
Reviewed February 15, 2017

We went on the one-hour evening cruise on this restored and very handsome paddle steamer. The trip was just up the river and back, with a chance to relax and take in the scenery. There is a fully licenced bar (with a few free bar...More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Have yet to try the river boat ride and will definitely do this next trip. Wanganui is a town full of character which I loved...

Thank Marie M
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Nice gentle cruise up the river that I enjoyed. Added bonuses were complete access to the whole boat including the engine room and a nice little touch of sending a message back to base via carrier pigeon. Only suggestion would be to improve the PA...More

Thank circe391
Reviewed February 10, 2017

We've visited Whanganui lots of times but had never got around to doing this trip on the Waimarie. More fool us! Everything about the trip was fantastic - the staff and the scenery. We took our 2 year old nephew and he thoroughly enjoyed it!...More

Thank Stephanie A
Reviewed February 10, 2017

Great trip up the river for a total of two hours-one hour up and one hour back. Good Customer Service from Booking lady to crew manning the Vessel. Interesting visit to the engine room. If your lucky you may get to release a pigeon. Coffee...More

Thank Renvil
NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2017

So glad you enjoyed your cruise. and many thanks for writing a reveiw

Reviewed February 8, 2017

I grew up seeing the Waimarie sunk in the silt everyday we drove down the hill, we watched it being slowly restored and when it was up and running this trip was one we were always going to do, but shamefully didn't get around to....More

Thank Perryne B
Reviewed February 5, 2017

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 room on board even though the cruise was booked...More

Thank STUMAN24
NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2017

Thanks Stu. Glad you have a great time, you remind me that even a bad weather day on the PS Waimarie is better than a good weather day in the office!

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March 4, 2017|
Response from NickiWaimarie | Property representative |
A motel neat the river,Riverside Motel is the closest to the Waimarie Centre. If you wish for an upmarket place I suggest The Sienna Motor Lodge, Kingsgate, or Midtown Mtor Inn. These are all in Voctoria Av
February 10, 2017|
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Response from NickiWaimarie | Property representative |
Yes but every .passenger needs to have reasonable mobility to get up and down the gang plank and the stairs.
Julie M
February 21, 2015|
Response from annienanney | Reviewed this property |
During Nov and Dec 2016. sailing times are 11 a.m. on Sat and Sunday. You need to board at 10.30 a.m. There is a one hour sailing on Fridays at 5.30 a.m.