The Waimarie is a coal fired-paddle steamer, built in 1899, refurbished and relaunched in 2000 after almost 50 years sitting submerged following an accident. The Waimarie now sails regularly on the lower reaches of the Whanganui river. The images capture a recent voyage on a fine calm autumn day.
The Wairua is a sister boat to the Waimarie and they travel the Whanganui river together
There are many scenic spots on the trip up the Whanganui river visible aboard the Waimarie Paddle Steaner
View of the two towers on Durie Hill – the elevator shaft lookout and the War Memorial Tower – prominent features on the Whanganui skyline
All the crew get a turn at the wheel on the Waimarie Paddle Steamer, Whanganui
View of the Bastia Hill Water Tower, Whanganui (built 1927) from the Waimarie Paddle Steamer