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Ūpokongaro Stop Over

From NZD 25.00


  • 3.5 Hours.
  • 1.5 hour stop over at Ūpokongaro
  • Available Wednesday's January only (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
  • Departs from Ūpokongaro at 1.30pm


  • Adult: $57.00
  • Adult - Local (Must live in Whanganui): $52.00
  • Child (5-15 years, under 5 free): $25.00
  • Seniors (Age 65+): $49.00
  • Infants (Ages 4 & under): Free
  • Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children (Ages 5-15): $135.00
  • 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.


  • 2 hour cruise on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie
  • 1.5 hour stop over at Ūpokongaro
  • 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
  • There is a short uphill walk from the wharf which some passengers may find challenging
  • Sturdy footwear is suggested
  • Wet weather gear if its raining
  • Licenced bar on board. Snacks, 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


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

Your cruise leaves the Riverboat Centre Wharf and heads upriver 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 is only too happy to answer any questions you may have.

At Ūpokongaro you can stop in at Behind The Door On 4 cafe - see if you can spot the Nankeen Night Herons, grab some food from the food carts, check out Papaiti Gin, and learn about the stories behind the flavours. Or take a look at St Mary's Church, a historic place built in 1877. see if you can spot the unusual 3 sided spire. 


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