Cruising at 11am

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.

From NZD 19.00


  • 2 Hours.
  • Available up to six days a week during the warmer months (October 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: $49.00
  • Adult (local): $44.00
  • 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) Price is per person 4 people required to book) : $29.75


  • 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

Additional information

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

Experience river travel as it used to be as you listen to commentary, take in the beautiful scenery, 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 the Whanganui River which is also known as Te Awa Tupua.

Our commentary shares riverboat history and points of interest along the way. You can also visit the engine room, chat to the engineers and check out the boiler that powers our paddle steamer.

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