M.V. WAIRUA

2017 - 18 Summer Season
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MR HATRICK'S MOTOR VESSEL WAIRUA

A genuine vintage riverboat

Built at Poplar, London, UK by Yarrow & Company  M.V. Wairua joined the famous Hatrick & Co Whanganui River Steamer fleet in November 1904 and was a pioneer of river travel above Pipiriki.

 

M.V. Wairua has a unique form of propulsion that is known as tunnel drive or raised propeller boat. That is the propeller is located in a tunnel above the bottom of the vessel and the water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. Avery early fore runner of today’s jet boats. This enabled Wairua to work in very shallow water.

 

M.V. Wairua was one of the vessels most used to carry settlers and supplies to the Mangapurua Landing, gate way to the famed Bridge to Nowhere settlement.

We call it Mr Hatrick's Motor Vessel Wairua because M.V. Wairua is the only vessel operating on the Whanganui River that was actually built for Alexander Hatrick founder of the Riverboat Service.

 

Now faithfully restored to first class condition M.V. Wairua offers Day Picnic Trips to Hipango Park, Cruises to Upokongaro and personalised cruises for all occasions.

SCHEDULED CRUISES

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.

 

Motor Vessel Wairua offers a true glimpse back at a transport network that built New Zealand.

 

Picnic lunches are welcome on board, and complimentary tea and coffee is available.

 

Warm clothing and covered footwear is recommended.

1.5 Hour Scheduled Cruise

Departs Moutoa Gardens at 12:00pm

Saturday and Sunday

(Sailing daily during the school holidays)

 

Sailings also available by arrangement.

Adult            $32.00pp

Child             $12.00pp

Under-5        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 par 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.

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DINNER CRUISE

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 in the village of Upokongaro for a meal at the historic Avoca Hotel. Return to Whanganui under the setting sun. We have a range of menu’s available to suit all appetites and dietary requirements.

 

BBQ & Cruise From $59.00pp

Buffet & Cruise From $62.00pp

 

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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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MR HATRICK'S
MOTOR VESSEL WAIRUA

Built at Poplar, London, UK by Yarrow & Company  M.V. Wairua joined the famous Hatrick & Co Whanganui River Steamer fleet in November 1904 and was a pioneer of river travel above Pipiriki.

 

M.V. Wairua has a unique form of propulsion that is known as tunnel drive or raised propeller boat. That is the propeller is located in a tunnel above the bottom of the vessel and the water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. Avery early fore runner of today’s jet boats. This enabled Wairua to work in very shallow water.

 

M.V. Wairua was one of the vessels most used to carry settlers and supplies to the Mangapurua Landing, gate way to the famed Bridge to Nowhere settlement.

 

We call it Mr Hatrick's Motor Vessel Wairua because M.V. Wairua is the only vessel operating on the Whanganui River that was actually built for Alexander Hatrick founder of the Riverboat Service.

 

Now faithfully restored to first class condition M.V. Wairua offers Day Picnic Trips to Hipango Park, Cruises to Upokongaro and personalised cruises for all occasions.

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