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Cruising at 11am

From NZD 25.00


  • 2 Hours.
  • Available up to six days a week during the warmer months (September to May - please see our booking calendar on our website)
  • Boarding is at 10.30am. All guests to report to our ticket office to receive your boarding pass before 10.30am
  • Departs from the Riverboat Centre Wharf at 11am


  • Adult: $53.00
  • Adult -  Local (Must live in Whanganui): $48.00
  • Child (5-15 years, under 5 free): $19.00
  • Seniors (Age 65+): $44.00
  • Infants (Ages 4 & under): Free
  • Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children (Ages 5-15): $123.00
  • When booking Family Passes please select 1 for 1 Family Pass which is 2 Adults & 2 Children, add additional adults, children, infants & seniors from the other booking options.


Tram Ride - Sundays Only See Additional Information below

  • Adult: $5.00
  • Children & infants: Free


  • 2 hour cruise on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie
  • On board commentary
  • Wonderful views
  • Meet the homing pigeons and perhaps send a message back with them on their flight to the Riverboat Centre
  • The nostalgic sound of the steam whistle, the boiler powering the paddles, and the paddles making way their way through the water
  • View our Riverboat Museum before or after your cruise at no addition cost


  • A tram ride if you choose, Sundays only, see Additional Information.

Additional Information

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Licenced bar on board. Snacks and hot and cold beverages available for purchase
  • Eftpos available
  • Wheel chairs up to 680mm wide can access the vessel but please contact us before making your booking.


  • Tram Rides - Sunday's only - Step back in time with a trip on Whanganui’s fully restored tram. Her name is Mable and she provides short trips along the downtown Whanganui Riverbank on Sunday afternoons, thanks to a wonderful group of local volunteers.
  • When you book on the paddle steamer you can also choose to book a ride on Mable which will be awaiting your return from our Sunday 11am cruise. Included is a tour of the Tram Shed where the team will share the tram's history.  After which you will  be returned to the Riverboat Centre. Only $5.00 for adults, Children & Infants Free.
  • You can find more information on Whanganui Tramways Facebook page Whanganui Tramways | Facebook 

Experience river travel as it used to be as you listen to commentary, take in the beautiful scenery, maybe meet the homing pigeons on our two hour cruise departing at 11am and returning at 1pm.

Your cruise leaves the Riverboat Centre Wharf and heads up river taking in the scenery and views of Whanganui which can only be experienced from Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River. 

Our commentary shares riverboat history and points of interest along the way. Check out the boiler that powers our paddle steamer, and maybe meet our homing pigeons and send a message with them on their flight back to the Riverboat Centre.

Our friendly team are only too happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.

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