WAIRUA

2017 - 18 Summer Season
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MOTOR VESSEL WAIRUA

A genuine vintage riverboat

Motor Vessel Wairua was built by Yarrow & company of London in early 1904 and sent out to Whanganui for A. Hatrick & company in a kit set form. She was launched in November 1904 and was put to work on the middle section of the Whanganui River between Pipiriki and Whakahoro.

For 34 years Wairua carried passengers, mail and cargo over an 80km section of river which included over 100 rapids. After years of faithful service, she was decommissioned in Whanganui in 1938 to be used as a pontoon for other vessels. Eventually neglect took its toll and she sank in to the mud of the river.

 

In 1987, Wairua was salvaged by a group of local men who spent 19 years restoring her to her 1913 condition. This year was chosen as it was the year her first internal combustion engine was fitted.

Wairua was re-launched to begin her second lease of life in March 2006.

Now faithfully restored to first class condition Motor Vessel Wairua offers Day Picnic Trips to Hipango Park, Scheduled Cruises to Upokongaro and Personalised Charters for all occasions.

Originally built as a steam ship with a 66hp Simpson & Strickland compounding engine, Wairua was converted to internal combustion propulsion in 1913 when a Thornycroft oil engine was installed. Over the years this was superseded first by a Thornycroft kerosene engine and later by a Gardner 6L3 Diesel. Today Wairua is powered by a Gardner 6LW-20 generating over 90hp.

 

Motor Vessel Wairua has a unique form of propeller configuration that is known as tunnel drive. The propeller is recessed into the bottom of the hull inside a tunnel. The water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. This system is the genesis of today’s jet boats and allows Wairua to work in only two feet of water.

 

 

SCHEDULED CRUISES
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Why not come and join us for a relaxing cruise up the beautiful Whanganui River?

Take in the scenery as a bustling city transforms into rolling farmland and bush-clad hills.

Relax in the sun or listen to our commentary on the history of the Whanganui River and the unique fleet of riverboats that once operated 144 miles inland from the Tasman Sea.

 

Stopover for 1.5 Hours in the historic village of Upokongaro, enjoy a meal at Café 4forty4 or bring a picnic to eat at the landing.

We also offer a guided tour of St. Mary’s church (1877) on every Scheduled Sailing.

Scheduled Cruises

Departs Moutoa Gardens Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00am

Adults $39.00

Children (5-15) $12.00

Under 5’s FREE

Tickets also available at Whanganui i-SITE
or At point of departure.

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HIPANGO PARK

Hipango Park was donated to Wanganui City by Waata Hipango in 1913 for use as a picnic ground by riverboat excursionists. The park consists of 30 acres of native bush and is the first of the Whanganui River reserves above Wanganui City. It is a unique park as it is only accessible to the public by river.

Here you can discover bush walks, the earth works of the old fighting Pa Potakataka, native birds and a large picnic ground with BBQ’s, toilets and a shelter for wet days.

 

Cruises to Hipango Park are available by arrangement or charter. Overnight camping trips to Hipango Park can also be arranged.

Scheduled Cruises to Hipango park are available on selected Sunday’s during the warmer months, Contact us for details.

 

 

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MEAL CRUISES

Let us make your next function something special. Join us on the Whanganui River for a relaxing dinner cruise. Cruise up-river, Relax and take in the scenery as city transforms into country.

 

Stop-over for 2 hours in the village of Upokongaro for a meal and drinks at the historic Avoca Hotel.

 

After dinner, we return to Whanganui under the setting sun.

 

BBQ Meal and 2 Hour Cruise $64.00pp (Minimum 10 Passengers)

Buffet Meal and 2 Hour Cruise $ 70.00pp (Minimum 20 Passengers)

We can also offer Lunch Cruises and River Cruises with finger food. Contact us for details.

 

 

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Please feel free to contact us using the provided form  or using the contact details below:

 

Kiwi Vintage Tourism

0800 WAIRUA (924782)

info@whanganuiriverboat.co.nz

 

Trips may be amended or cancelled due to weather conditions, river levels, and operational/safety requirements.

A copy of out Terms and Conditions is available upon request

 

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MOTOR VESSEL WAIRUA

Motor Vessel Wairua was built by Yarrow & company of London in early 1904 and sent out to Whanganui for A. Hatrick & company in a kit set form. She was launched in November 1904 and was put to work on the middle section of the Whanganui River between Pipiriki and Whakahoro.

 

For 34 years Wairua carried passengers, mail and cargo over an 80km section of river which included over 100 rapids. After years of faithful service, she was decommissioned in Whanganui in 1938 to be used as a pontoon for other vessels. Eventually neglect took its toll and she sank in to the mud of the river.

 

In 1987, Wairua was salvaged by a group of local men who spent 19 years restoring her to her 1913 condition. This year was chosen as it was the year her first internal combustion engine was fitted.

Wairua was re-launched to begin her second lease of life in March 2006.

Now faithfully restored to first class condition Motor Vessel Wairua offers Day Picnic Trips to Hipango Park, Scheduled Cruises to Upokongaro and Personalised Charters for all occasions.

 

Originally built as a steam ship with a 66hp Simpson & Strickland compounding engine, Wairua was converted to internal combustion propulsion in 1913 when a Thornycroft oil engine was installed. Over the years this was superseded first by a Thornycroft kerosene engine and later by a Gardner 6L3 Diesel. Today Wairua is powered by a Gardner 6LW-20 generating over 90hp.

 

Motor Vessel Wairua has a unique form of propeller configuration that is known as tunnel drive. The propeller is recessed into the bottom of the hull inside a tunnel. The water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. This system is the genesis of today’s jet boats and allows Wairua to work in only two feet of water.

2017 - 18 Season
Cruising Now

Please feel free to contact us using the provided form  or using the contact details below:

 

Kiwi Vintage Tourism

0800 WAIRUA (924782)

info@whanganuiriverboat.co.nz