Experience river travel

as it used to be


A cruise aboard the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer is undoubtedly one of the most authentic ways to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and 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. Our scheduled and private Waimarie Paddle Steamer cruises, together with our Waimarie Museum, make us an iconic symbol of the River City and a significant attraction for locals and visitors.

Ever thought of having your business’ Christmas party aboard our authentic Waimarie Paddle Steamer?

Listen to our enchanted ‘Stories of the Waimarie’ both live and recorded on board every Cruising at 11

Visit the steam engine room where you can stoke the coal and earn your honorary ‘Stoker’s Certificate’

Kids, jump aboard onto what was New Zealand’s very last working riverboat when you visit our Waimarie Museum