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“Great day out!”
Review of Waimarie

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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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 voice and we were entertained with everything from Adele to Carole King, delightful. The Waimarie was perfect for this and even though we had over 100 passengers on board it wasn't too many. It was very interesting to be able to go into the engine room and see how things were done 100 years ago. We can also recomend the coffee and scones, yum.

Thank Ed H
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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.

Thank amparker
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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.

Thank Glenda A
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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.

Thank Mike T
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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.

Thank chiseled
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