Fodor's Expert Review Waimarie and Riverboat Centre

Whanganui Historical

The coal-fired paddle steamer, Waimarie, is one of the original riverboats that operated here. Sunk in 1954, it was salvaged from the river bed and restored in the 1990s. Throughout summer (late Oct.--early May) you can enjoy a historic, two-hour cruise, just like the old days. The Waimarie Centre displays photographs and related artifacts from the era when riverboats thrived here. Opening hours are variable at this volunteer operation; summer weekends are your best bet.

Historical History Museum

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1A Taupo Quay
Whanganui, Manawatu-Whanganui  4500, New Zealand


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Cruise NZ$45, museum by donation, Museum closed Tues. late Oct.--early May, closed Sun., Tues., Thurs., and Sat. early May--late Oct. No cruises early May--late Oct.

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