North Island's West Coast Sights

Waimarie and Whanganui Riverboat Centre

  • 1A Taupo Quay Map It
  • Wanganui

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

For a taste of the old days on the river, catch a ride on the Waimarie, a vintage coal-fired paddle steamer. A two-hour cruise takes you up the Whanganui to the village of Upokongaro. You might even be invited into the engine room to help stoke the boiler. Built in 1899, the Waimarie sank in 1952. Critics said she couldn't be salvaged, let alone restored to working order, but a dedicated volunteer team proved them wrong. Cruises run on weekends in summer, and daily during the December–January holiday season (call ahead to ask about other dates). If you don't have time to take one, check out the museum at the Riverboat Centre, which displays photographs and related artifacts from the era when riverboats were commonplace here. Note that opening hours are variable at this volunteer operation: summer weekends are your best bet.

Sight Information


Whanganui Riverboat Centre, 1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, 4500, New Zealand

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  • Cruise NZ$45, museum by donation

Published 08/30/2016


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