Story: Whanganui region

The Waimarie (1st of 2)

The Waimarie

The Waimarie paddle steamer operated on the Whanganui River as far as Pipiriki from 1902 to 1949. It later sank and filled with silt. Salvaged in 1993, it was restored, and since 2000 has run between Whanganui and Ūpokongaro, 13 kilometres upriver. The smaller Wairua operated between Pipiriki and Maraekōwhai from 1904 to 1938. It was also salvaged, and restoration began in 1987. Since 2006 it has made runs to Hīpango Park, 25 kilometres upriver from Whanganui.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Fighting stagnation, 1970s and beyond', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015