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Address: 1a Taupo Quay | Waimarie Centre, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand (Formerly Whanganui Riverboat Centre)
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+64 6-347 1863
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10:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Fri 16:00 - 17:30
Description:

Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery...

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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Fancinating restored steam powered paddle boat.

Worthwhile 2 hour trip up and down the river with an interesting comentary. Nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the river.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Peter M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worthwhile 2 hour trip up and down the river with an interesting comentary. Nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the river.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to spend a couple of hours; relaxing and peaceful. The running commentary was informative without taking attention away from the landscape and ambiance. A mixture of old and young, NZ-ers and tourists. Good value for money!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dedication of those who restored this lovely old steamer and created the museum that captures an important part of New Zealand history is amazing. The trip took us an hour up the river and back again. Food and refreshments were available while the tour leader mixed with the sightseers so it was easy to ask questions of him. For... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw lots of city views and a bit of the country on the trip. The commentary was informative and good. It is amazing how they can turn such a big boat around in so little space. Children can send notes back to the base on a carrier pigeon.

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Thank yank
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Elijah01NewZealand
Manchester England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. Not a lot to see on the trip but well worth the experience and contributing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 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.

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 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 nibbles) and a one-man band supplied live music on the back deck. Even though it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 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...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 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 system as it was hard to hear some of the commentary.

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