Salvaged from the bottom of the Whanganui River where she sat for around 50 years, the Paddle Steamer Waimarie 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. Our scheduled and private Waimarie cruises, together with our Riverboat Museum, make us an iconic symbol of the River City and a significant attraction for locals and visitors. With a Full Galley on-board and a Licensed Bar you can have a light lunch on board and refreshing drinks to make the cruise even better.

A cruise aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie is undoubtedly one of the most authentic ways to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history.


Online booking for the 2021 – 2022 season now available. 

Please check our Sailing Calendar for cruising dates and times.

During the sailing season the Riverboat Museum is open 9.30am to 1.30pm every sailing day except Tuesdays and at other times by arrangement.

During the off season (Mother’s Day to Labour Weekend) the museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  10.00am to 2pm and at other times by arrangement.

The beautiful Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is a major river in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the country’s third-longest river, and has special status owing to its importance to the region’s Māori people. In March 2017 it became the world’s second (after Te Urewera) natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person

Please note: Sailing on the Waimarie is reliant on weather conditions and passenger numbers. We may cancel any trip at short notice and either refund or transfer your booking to a more suitable date.

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.