Welcome to New Zealand's only coal fired paddle steamer, Waimarie

Our Out of Water Survey Project has been delayed by both COVID restrictions and weather resulting in our sailing calendar having to be amended to begin 27 Nov 2021. If you have an earlier booking please contact us via email to rebook or for a refund.

The Paddle Steamer Waimarie provides a unique river related experience. Our cruises are available over the warmer months (October-May) and include Cruising at 11, themed and private charter cruises by arrangement.

All cruises operate on the Whanganui River aboard our iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie  – New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle steamer operating from the golden riverboat era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

We are pleased to offset our carbon footprint by supporting local tree planting initiatives which primarily relate to the health of local whenua and Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River.

Here's what makes our cruises so special

Unforgettable scenery

Enjoy river travel as it used to be as you listen to stories and take in the beautiful scenery

Unique Experience

The Paddle Steamer Waimarie offers locals and visitors to Whanganui a unique river-related experience

Enriched in History

It’s not just a cruise on our Paddle Steamer Waimarie that will take you down memory lane – our Riverboat Museum is enriched with history

Unforgettable scenery
Unique Experience
Enriched in History