Cruising at 11

Enjoy river travel as it used to be as you listen to stories, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the homing pigeons and stoke the fire during this unique and authentic cruise aboard our Waimarie Paddle Steamer.

Cruising at 11 is a two-hour cruise, departing at 11am and returning at 1pm. It runs up to six days a week during the summer months (October to April). Select date of cruise to view our season timetable. Boarding is from 10.30am and The Galley will be open with a range of food and drinks for you to select from. The Galley is a licensed bar with Eftpos.

Stories of Waimarie – enchanted tales, both live and recorded, of the extraordinary life of the Waimarie Paddle Steamer and other river-related memoirs

A delicious range of food from local caterer Mini Gourmet and a fully licensed bar in the Galley


Boarding at 10:30am prior to departure and begin soaking up the serenity of the river

Carried by basket up river, our homing pigeons are released to fly your personal message back to base

Discover a goldmine of riverboat memorabilia and purchase merchandise at our Waimarie Museum pre or post-cruise



Adult (local)*

Child (5-15 years, under 5 free)

Family pass (2 adults, max 2 children)

DISCOUNTS 1. A ticket for a local adult (with proof of residency) is discounted to $40. To receive your discount please present your recent rates, electricity or landline/broadband account at our Waimarie Centre.  Wanganui City Council supports Waimarie and it’s our way to say thank you to rate payers.  

Please note this offer is not available online or the Isite Centre. 2. A 10% discount is available to New Zealand SuperGold Card holders and students with valid ID.  This offer is also only available by purchasing tickets at our Waimarie Centre and not online.

MULTI DISCOUNTS – Only one discount is available per passenger.

Please note that BYO food and alcohol is not permitted on any sailings

Wheelchair Access

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons we are generally unable to accommodate wheelchairs on board the Waimarie. It is a very old vessel and facilities on board are not easily accessible, with several steps, narrow passages and standard toilets.

Wheelchairs with less than 70cms between the outside tires may be acceptable, especially if the user has some form of mobility.
Walking frames are acceptable especially if the user has some form of mobility.

To avoid disappointment please check with our office if you need assistance in any way and our Manager will be able to provide you with more information.



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