A real piece of history! The MV Wairua is one of the original Mr Hatrick's river boats that used to ply the Wanganui River all the way up to a mooring called Houseboat. This riverboat has been lovingly restored from a wreck sunken in the river mud. It now sails up to Upokongaro and return. The ship is moored near the main Riverboat Centre on Taupo Quay. It's sailings are complementary to the Waimarie-the paddle steamer riverboat. The journey upstream and down takes about 45-60 minutes each way depending on the tide. There is time to have lunch at the café at Upokongaro or take a picnic and have a wander around this little village. We struck a sunny autumn's day and the scenery and the commentary were just great. Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the downstairs cabin. We enjoyed sitting up the top and watching the world go by and chatting with the skipper. Well worth doing although it would pay to check when the ships sailing as times can vary depending on the season. Our trip left at 11am and we were back by 2pm although we were earlier than scheduled due to the limited number of passengers travelling that day so our lunch break was only as long as the last person to board.
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