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“Row Row Row your boat”
Review of Whanganui River

Whanganui River
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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Whanganui
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“Row Row Row your boat”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Very well organised 5 day, group trip.Fab meals throughout cooked by tour guides.A positively memorable experience apart from the fact that there river was so low,
there was no cruising with the flow. We paddled ourselves the whole way!

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“Journey by old paddle steamer”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was a most enjoyable two-hour trip on the Whanganui River (it seems that the locals can't decide whether it's Wanganui River or Whanganui River). The Waimarie is a lovely old paddle steamer, and you get a good view of the engines and the coal being shovelled into the furnace. You are allowed to go down into the engine room (although the steps are a bit steep). I am told that volunteer stokers are always welcome (we didn't have any takers on our trip). There was an interesting commentary from the boat's captain.

Visited February 2013
Thank GerMar60
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New York City, New York
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“Many ways to enjoy this beautiful river”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

As one can see from reading the reviews, there are many ways to enjoy the Wanganui River, and we hope to come back to try the kayaking or a longer trip to the Bridge to Nowhere, perhaps staying in one of the few river lodges. This trip, on Sunday, we spent a couple of hours with family on the paddle steamer Waimarie, restored and recommissioned 100 years after she was first built. It's useful to know that there are drinks sold on board, and that you can either pre-order a bag lunch or bring your own food for a picnic, since the cafe where the steamer stops has fairly unfriendly service and mediocre food (in particular, I'd suggest skipping the enormous Lamingtons). The coffee was fine. It's also useful to know that if you sit on top in front (great view but lots of sun so slather on the sunscreen and bring a hat) you will get coal dust all over you at one point. I just checked my laundry, and it does come out, but jeans are a better choice than my white slacks were! On Monday, we drove along the river to Pipiriki, stopping to look at various lovely views and to visit a particularly serene marae with good 19th century carvings to the left of the road a little before Jerusalem. (The drive is about 74 kilometers and takes about 1-1/2 hours without stops. We took about 2/1-2.) At Pipiriki, we felt slightly un-ecofriendly taking a 45 minute jet boat trip further up the river, but really enjoyed it. Both the drive along and the time on the river were wonderful.

Visited February 2013
Thank Erica M
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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“One of the Seven Wonders of the World.”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Have canoed the River many times, when the kids were younger. Canadian canoe and kayaks. The most amazing thing I saw was a N.P friend come out of his pup tent with a pavlova piled with cream. This was about the third day down from Cherry Grove. It was he and his wife's anniversary. How's that for a fantastic jesture!! Even in high flow, the river is the most amazing place on earth. Bird song, still stretches, fun, bouncy rapids and some quite tricky ones too! The old river boatmen knew their stuff !

Thank Frances A
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Hawera, New Zealand
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“Looking for the River Queen”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

A long stretch of the river is regarded as a must on any visit to this area. We took a school trip down the river with some giudes and had a great couple of days paddling camping and admiring the amazing scenery. Our giudes had good local knowledge and described where they filmed the 2005 movie "The River Queen". A great and very tiring time was had by all. Apparently the rapids are better depending on the weather. The water level was high this year so we floated calmly over the top of them. Other groups have had much more exciting times

Thank Dec S
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