Cruising at 11

Experience river travel as it used to be as you listen to commentary, 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 warmer 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
Eat and drink from The Galley – a licensed bar with a range of refreshments
Board 30 minutes prior to departure and begin soaking up the serenity of the river
Visit resident engineer John in the steam engine room where you can stoke the coal and earn your honorary ‘Stoker’s Certificate’
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

Prices

Adult

Adult (local)*

Child (5-15 years, under 5 free)

Family pass (2 adults, max 3 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. 2. A 10% discount is available to SuperGold Card holders and students with valid ID.  This offer is also only available by purchasing tickets at our Waimarie Centre and not online.

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

Mobility Access

Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, passengers need some mobility to be able to have access to all decks and the galley.

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.

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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