1. River Cruises in Whanganui, New Zealand
  2. River Cruises in Whanganui, New Zealand
  3. River Cruises in Whanganui, New Zealand

River Cruises in Whanganui, New Zealand

A cruise aboard the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer is undoubtedly one of the most authentic ways to experience the Whanganui River’s riverboat history. Salvaged from the bottom of the Whanganui River where she sat for around 50 years, the Waimarie Paddle Steamer was restored to her former glory and re-launched in 2000 to make her New Zealand’s only authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation. Today, we can but dream of the hustle and bustle of the trading settlers and kiwi who knew the Waimarie Paddle Steamer of old. Instead we can enjoy her resurrection with a leisurely river cruise more fitting to her stately grace. Loved by adults and children alike, a scheduled or private charter cruise on the Waimarie Paddle Steamer offers a unique view of Wanganui. CRUISES OFFERED: Cruising at 11 (2 hour) Adult - $45.00 / $40 for local Children (5-15) - $15.00 Children (under 5) - Free Family Pass - $90.00 (2 Adults, max 3 children) Cruising on Friday (1 hour) Adult - $25.00 per person Themed Cruises - ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April, 1.00pm-3.00pm) Adult - $45.00 / $40 for local Children (5-15) - $15.00 Children (under 5) - Free Family Pass - $90.00 (2 Adults, max 3 children) - Children's Christmas (Sunday 13 December 2016, 11.00am-noon) Adult - $20 Children (5-15) - $10.00 Children (under 5) - Free Family Pass - $50.00 (2 Adults, max 3 children) - Jazz Cruise ( Friday 22 January 2016 and Saturday 23 January 2016) Adult - $50.00 / per person - Vintage (Saturday 23 January 2016 and Sunday 24 January 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm) Adult - $45.00 / $40 for local Children (5-15) - $15.00 Children (under 5) - Free Family Pass - $90.00 (2 Adults, max 3 children) Private Charter Cruises (For up to 120 passengers) Cost: $1,500.00 (minimum charge for up to 2 hours). Please contact us to get a quote on cruises over two-hours. A deposit of $500 is required to confirm your booking – 50% will be returned if you cancel within 21 days of your cruise date. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.

Captain is included.
A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
150 guests
Tours, Lessons, and Diving
River Cruise


AboutWaimarie® offers locals and visitors to Whanganui a unique river-related experience. Cruises run over the warmer months (October-April) with private charter cruises also available by arrangement in-between.Our cruises include Cruising at 11, Cruising on Friday, Themed and Private charter cruises.All cruises operate on the Whanganui River aboard our iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer – New Zealand’s only coal-fired paddle steamer operating from the golden riverboat era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Waimarie Centre (previously known as the Whanganui Riverboat Centre) is the central hub for all Waimarie® experiences and is where you can make bookings, purchase tickets and merchandise, marvel at a 134-year old architecturally designed building and uncover river memorabilia at our Waimarie Museum.Waimarie® is a not-for-profit organisation and is operated by the Waimarie Operating Trust Board whose role is to ensure it operates as a financially sustainable, highly regarded premier experience.The Whanganui Riverboat Restoration Navigation Trust Board works alongside the Waimarie Operating Trust Board to maintain the condition of the Waimarie Paddle Steamer – overseeing all of its regular maintenance requirements.You will be greeted by a dedicated team of staff and crew (both employees and volunteers) at our Waimarie Centre and aboard our Waimarie Paddle Steamer – all who go above and beyond to ensure your experience of Waimarie® is one to remember.We are lucky enough to have a large number of Waimarie supporters, made up of local and national businesses, organisations and individuals who gift their expertise and money to ensure Waimarie® can continue to operate as a truly iconic New Zealand heritage experience.

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