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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...more
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1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-347 1863
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Always wanting to do this trip we finally made it. A very pleasant, leisurely ride it turned out to be. There are decks and rooms to sit in or you can wander around. A nice little boat cafe if you fancy a club sandwich and...More

Thank mary h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This two hour trip down the Whanganui river was very relaxed and a nice way to see Whanganui from the river. I would have enjoyed a little more commentary about the history and the restoration of the paddleboat but I guess that would depend on...More

Thank JanLoads
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Very interesting trip and commentary on a rescued Paddle Steamer. Pleasant way to while away a few hours.

Thank HollyFan
Reviewed 21 March 2018

A great experiendce. The crew are awesome. The Homing Pigeon release is worth experiencing. If invited to go down into the engine room, it well worth doing as seeing the Boiler up close and feeling the heat from the furnace gives a great understanding of...More

1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 20 March 2018

When I read Paddle Wheels on the Wanganui by Alec and David Reid, the Waimarie was still buried in the mud at the bottom of the river. Now that she has been resurrected, you can relive the golden days - at least as far as...More

Thank DanJVine
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Hope you enjoyed the cruise.

Reviewed 11 March 2018

The 2 hour cruise on the steam boat on the whanganui river was very interesting and very relaxing. The boat was very clean and well kept and the staff were very helpful and there was a good commentary. We took two carrier pigeons with us...More

Thank D1788SJpaulined
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Hope you had fun

Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

This is a must do! I’ve been wanting to do this trip for a while now whilst visiting Whanganui and finally did It on a stunning sunny day, and I was t disappointed. The sound of the engine, steam puffing, the whistle & the paddles...More

Thank SassMelbourne
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Thank you for such a good review. I trust all your troubles are still away.

Reviewed 25 February 2018

We got a lot of good information om the life by the river and this old and fabulous boat. The resturant served cold TUI and the day was perfect!

Thank bfm2015
annienanney, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Wow what a lovely review..Come again there will be cold Tui again.

Reviewed 19 February 2018

The trip on the river was great, and the commentary was very informative about the boat and Whanganui. We went down to the engine room and watched them stoke the fire,and was told how the boiler worked. t was a really nice relaxing trip. This...More

1  Thank Sharlene_and_Paul
NickiWaimarie, Manager at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed it

Reviewed 30 January 2018

Fantastic trip with good commentry by Murray. Fabulous boat not very large and will be crowded if the full compliment of 150 goes aboard. Remember it's coal fired so there will be smoke so don't go in your Sunday best! Fine for snacks on board...More

1  Thank Baldbutsexy
NickiWaimarie, Owner at Waimarie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Hi Glad you enjoyed the trip on the Waimarie. Although we are registered for 150 passengers our policy is to keep it to about 100 at the most to ensure it is comfortable to move around.

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26 July 2018|
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Response from annienanney | Reviewed this property |
The Waimarie has a sailing season in the summer time. Our new season begins on the 20th October 2018 through to end of April 2019. The winter months is time for the annual maintenance and maritime NZ compliance. The website... More
4 March 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
10 February 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
21 February 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.
Julie M
21 February 2015|
Response from beth756 | Reviewed this property |
11am for a 2 hour cruise. Make sure you book to avoid missing out.