Motor Vessel Wairua
Mr Hatrick's Motor Vessel Wairua - A genuine vintage riverboat
Built at Poplar London UK by Yarrow & Company, the Motor Vessel Wairua (Spirit) joined the famous Hatrick & Co Whanganui River Steamer fleet in November 1904 and was a pioneer of river travel above Pipiriki.
The Motor Vessel 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 the Motor Vessel Wairua to work in very shallow water.
The Motor Vessel 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 the vessel Mr Hatrick’s Motor Vessel Wairua because the 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, The Motor Vessel Wairua offers Day Picnic Trips to Hipango Park, Cruises to Upokongaro and Personalised Cruises for all occasions.
Other info regarding The Motor Vessel Wairua:
• We are not wheelchair accessible
• You are welcome to bring your own food and drink
• With alcohol, we expect a reasonable standard of behavior and reserve the right to disembark any passenger causing disruption.
• The Motor Vessel Wairua operates under a Maritime NZ safe ship management plan.
• Please note scheduled sailings are subject to change at short notice due to river conditions and operational requirements.
• We are Cycle and Canoe Friendly and we will carry these items, by arrangement, if required and are happy to pick up and deliver groups of cyclists to and from Upokongaro landing and other calling points.
Hipango Park Picnic Cruise
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. Take a trip on The Motor Vessel Wairua!
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. Pan your trip on The Motor Vessel Wairua!
Cruise to Upokongaro on Take a trip on the Motor Vessel Wairua! and we can arrange for you to have a meal at the Avoca Hotel at Upokongaro. We will stop over for two hours while you enjoy your meal then cruise back to Wanganui.
Upokongaro Self Catering BBQ Cruise
Cruise to Upokongaro Landing on Take a trip on the Motor Vessel Wairua for a self-catering BBQ. BBQ and hot water supplied, you provide your own catering. We will stop over for two hours while you enjoy your meal then cruise back to Wanganui, although longer stopover periods can be arranged.
THE MOTOR VESSEL WAIRUA
Hipango Park Picnic
Here you can discover bush walks, the earth works of the old fighting par Potakataka, native birds and a large picnic ground!
The Motor Vessel Wairua is available for all types of social events (Birthdays, Weddings etc).
Tour packages may include heritage weekends, bus/boat excursions, museum tours, or just guided tours of our beautiful Whanganui RIver and surrounds.
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