Paddle Steamer Waimarie

Paddle Steamer Waimarie


Absolutely loved the afternoon-tea cruise today with my sister.
A truly class event! Great cooperation from all involved on the day culminated in a memorable show. Waimarie crew, both shore based and afloat put in a long day to ensure the hospitality ashore kept “flowing” and that the other flowing area, the River, didn’t dislodge or move the pontoon stage attached to the ship. That’s what we do, top marks all round.

The end result justified all the effort put in by everyone and proves you don’t have to be a famous international venue to put on a world class show. I reckon where we were located, the weather, the cast ( Sole Mio as well, Wow!), the support crews and indeed the audience had the rest of the world beaten, no question.

Great night!
It’s been a pretty busy season so far, with several trips to Hipango Park, which is the limit of our upriver destinations.
Thanks to Sam Mordey, our other skipper, for his assistance and knowledge of the river beyond our usual destination, Upokongaro. Sam is off again to Hipango today with a good load aboard.
Waimarie is fortunate to have the crew we have, both full time and volunteers, who give up their entire summer and weekends respectively to serve aboard the vessel. You guys
are just awesome. Thank you for your input and loyalty.
Taken this morning 29/8/17
Taken this morning 29/8/17

Experience New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle steamer. Together with our Riverboat Museum, we are an iconic must do when visiting Whanganui.

Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history. Regular cruises aboard the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer - NZ’s only coal-fired paddle steamer operating from the golden riverboat era - are available during warmer months (October - April) and private charter cruises by arrangement. View cruise calendar, timetable, prices and purchase tickets online or at the

Operating as usual


𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 - 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗲! ⁣

Our summer season has ended and now we move into our winter maintenance in readiness for next season which begins Saturday 3 September 2022.⁣

It has been an unusual and trying time however our great team have made their way through which has meant we have been able to continue to operate and provide the Waimarie experience through Covid times, even if way less cruises than usual. ⁣

Thank you to all of you who joined us onboard over the season and big thanks to our team for making it happen - hugely appreciated. ⚓️


𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆!⁣

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums who are joining us today on our Mother’s Day Cruise and to all mothers everywhere. 💐⚓️


𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗹𝗱, 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝗹𝗱;⁣

𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, 𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗻.⁣

𝗔𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴⁣

𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.⁣

𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.

The Ode of Remembrance is the 4th stanza of the poem For the Fallen written by Laurence Binyon and first published in 1914. ⁣

Laurence Binyon was an English academic and poet who worked as a medical orderly with the Red Cross on the Western Front during World War I.

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 20/04/2022

𝗔 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘀𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗲! ⁣

We have not seen so many Princesses and Pirates on the paddle steamer as we did today. So many that we had to modify our treasure hunt, sorry about that! ⁣

Pirate Jack made short work of finding the treasure chest and was a very popular pirate when he got back on board with the b***y which was shared amongst all of our Princesses and Pirates. ⁣

Kirsty from Love Life Face Painting joined us again today and was extremely busy for the whole cruise. ⁣

Thank you for being with us today Kirsty, Pirate Jack and all our other princesses and pirates. It was wonderful having you all join us. ⚓️


𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲! ⁣

The Easter Bunny visited today and gave Easter Eggs to the children who were on our cruise today. Some adult passengers needed Easter Eggs too! ⁣

The Easter Bunny also stopped to chat with our Skipper Robert Baldwin when he had a moment between giving away Easter Eggs.⁣

We also had Kirsty from Love Life Face Painting onboard today making some young passengers very happy with their face paintings - thank you Kirsty. ⚓️


𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱!

It’s great to be underway with our first cruise for Easter Weekend. Thank you to all of you who are joining us over the weekend.

If you would like to join us, we have bookings available for Easter Monday only, all other cruises are full. ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 06/04/2022

It'️s that time of year again! Our Princess & Pirate Cruise is about to happen again - 20 April 2022 at 11am. ☠️

Bookings can be made at

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 06/04/2022

𝗪𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁! ⁣

The weather forecast today was for rain then showers. Fortunately after the rain early in the day the rain cleared away to overcast and even a bit of sunshine. ☀️⁣

Great for our team and our passengers on our 11am sailing and the Hawera Intermediate School group who cruised with us this afternoon. ⁣

Thank you all for joining us today. ⚓️⁣


𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝘀!

Today we had two SuperGold card groups join us on our 11am Cruise.

One group from New Plymouth and the other from the Kapiti Coast - it was wonderful having you all join us.

We hope you enjoyed your time with us and the remainder of your visit to Whanganui. ⚓️


𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗟𝘂𝘅𝗼𝗻 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗶. ⁣

Today while he as in our wonderful city, we had a visit from the National Party Leader Christopher Luxon. ⁣

During his time with us he held a press conference and later visited the Riverboat Centre and museum - Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit us today. ⚓️⁣

Photos from Training For You Ltd's post 21/03/2022

Chris certainly is a natural who does a great job as our galley manager.

We receive very positive feedback about how Chris looks after our passengers - thanks Chris! 👍🏼


𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗶!

Our team turned up today to find a pine tree well and truly stuck under the Paddle Steamer Waimarie.

With the rising tide and some gentle persuasion from the Coastguard vessel the tree cleared the paddle steamer and was towed well clear, hopefully never to be seen again!

Huge thanks to the Coastguard Whanganui team for helping us out, your assistance was hugely appreciated. ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 14/03/2022

𝗔𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗺𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀!

Some great shots about with the drop in temperature on these Autumn mornings. 📷

If you are looking to join us we are cruising this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 09/03/2022

Check out our beautiful sunrise! ⁣

If you are looking to join us we are cruising this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For more information and to book online ⚓️⁣

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 01/03/2022

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆!

The view from our office this morning! ☀️♥️⚓️


𝗦𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝟮 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵!

Yes, due to popular demand we have extended our Saturday at 2 Cruise for March 2022.

Do join us!

Bookings can be made online at our website - ⚓️


𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴! ⁣

We are still cruising so why not join us? ⁣

See our website: for our sailing timetable, our COVID requirements and to make a booking. ⚓️


𝗔 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲.

We are taking bookings for our cruise with Sophie Toyne.

Sophie has been singing since she was five, first with Andram before moving into country and western for which she has received a number of awards.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Sophie. 🤠⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 21/01/2022

𝗔 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲!

A lovely evening for a cruise listening to the Andrew London Trio. ⚓️

Paddle Steamer Waimarie updated their business hours. 18/01/2022

Paddle Steamer Waimarie updated their business hours.

Paddle Steamer Waimarie updated their business hours.

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 04/01/2022

𝗔𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝘆!

We are off again with our 11am, two hour cruise to Ūpokongaro and return.

Our wonderful crew were all set ready to welcome our passengers who were lined up ready to go at 10.30am.

It’s a busy time for our team sailing everyday except Tuesdays over January and February.

Why not join us for a cruise, but please book ahead. ⚓️


𝗖𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮! ⚓️

Thank you for joining us on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie for your New Years Eve cruise. We hope you all had a great time with us - our team thoroughly enjoyed having you onboard.⚓️


𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹!⁣

To avoid disappointment bookings are essential. ⁣

Online bookings can be made via our website -

We look forward to seeing you onboard.⚓️⁣


𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀!

Wishing all our passengers, staff, volunteers and supporters a great festive season. 🎅🏼

Thank you all for being part of the Waimarie experience. ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 21/12/2021

𝗔 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿! ⁣

Check out this package which includes return flights from Auckland with Air Chathams, accommodation at Kings Court Motel, a cruise on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie, experiencing the Durie Hill Elevator and a walking tour with Whanganui History and Heritage.

A great Christmas present for Auckland families or friends who have yet to experience our wonderful river city.⁣ ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 19/12/2021

Some shots of todays face painting by Kirsty from Lovelifelive Face Painting - nice work Kirsty.


𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!

Santa joined us for a cruise today and he brought with him lots of gifts for all the children on board.

Thank you Santa, and thank you Coastguard Wanganui for getting Santa onto the Paddle Steamer Waimarie. 🎅🏼🎁

We also had Kirsty from Lovelifelive face painting hire join us, making lots of happy faces even happier - thank you Kirsty. ⚓️


𝗡𝗼𝟴 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴!

Wonderful having another tour group from No.8 Tours - New Zealand's Senior Travel Club onboard with us today - that’s two weeks in a row.

Thank you for your ongoing patronage No8 Tours, we always enjoy having your Senior Tours onboard. ⚓️


𝗔 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲!

We had a lovely cruise today with a couple of school groups joining us. They were a pleasure to have onboard, inquisitive and very well behaved.

A pleasure! ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 27/11/2021

𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 - 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗲!

The Whanganui Highland Pipe Band joined us today to see us off on our first cruise of the season.

The wind was a little blustery but lots of sunshine made up for it.

Thanks to all of you who joined us today and special thanks to the Whanganui Highland Pipe Band for joining us this morning and making our first cruise a little more special. ⚓️


𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿!

A training and vessel shakedown cruise today after our Out of Water Survey and winter maintenance.

Great to be back in the awa (river). All went very well - bring on the weekend! ⚓️


𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻!

Great effort by our team again this week as lots of final bits and pieces have been completed in preparation for new season.

We are certainly looking forward to getting underway again. ⚓️

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 09/11/2021

A repost from this time last season. It was a gorgeous evening to be on the awa.

Photos from Paddle Steamer Waimarie's post 07/11/2021

Our Queen of the River back on the water!

After a day of slipway repairs between the tides yesterday, we were all set to go for today.

With the steam traction engines in place guiding the cradle we were on the move, assisted by some manual leverage and a push from a digger.

The Coastguard assisted the Waimarie down river where she was off under her own steam.

Huge thanks to everyone who made today happen, the team from The Steam Traction Engine Society, Coastguard Wanganui, Digger Operator Mark from MJL Contractors, and our team of volunteers.

Wonderful to see her back on the river!⚓️


𝗥𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆! ⁣

As a result of issues we experienced today with the slipway rails we will be spending Saturday getting the rails sorted in preparation for relaunch Sunday. ⁣

Our team of volunteers which includes the Traction Engine Society did a big day today and it will be another big day tomorrow and Sunday! ⁣

Thanks also to Coastguard Wanganui for your assistance today.

Well done everyone and huge thanks for your efforts today and throughout the project! ⚓️⁣⁣

Experience New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle steamer.

Undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history. October to May we provide regular cruises and charters aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie, New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle steamer still in operation on the same river she operated almost 120 years ago.

After your cruise you can also uncover river memorabilia at the Riverboat Museum adjacent to the Waimarie jetty.

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𝗣𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗮𝘆! Exciting to see our Queen of the River underway today. A training day for our team as ...
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Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 1:30am
Wednesday 9:30am - 1:30am
Thursday 9:30am - 1:30am
Friday 9:30am - 1:30am
Saturday 9:30am - 3:30am
Sunday 9:30am - 1:30am

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