Our Story

We go way back, for good reason too. Mud Ducks was established in 2011 by Tim Watson (he’s the big duck around here) and his cousin, Kim Sills.

We’ve been the place to have fun and connect by the Whanganui Awa ever since. Our riverside location is the perfect backdrop for your next overdue (let’s be honest) catch up with friends, important work meeting, birthday celebration or that (rare) coffee in peace during your busy day. We’re here for it all. 

Our team are hospitality professionals who care about making genuine connections with you, the customer. We think we’re pretty lucky ducks to get to share your life’s moments, big and small, on the daily. 

You know what they say – if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, has great food, great drinks, and great service it’s probably Mud Ducks. 

“Love, love, love Mud Ducks. Staff are always so lovely, nothing is ever a problem. Coffee is delicious and the food is devine. Highly recommended.”

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“Fabulous food and an awesome team. Best spot in the sun no matter what season.”


“Not knowing the area, we hit Traveladvisor when travelling through Wanganui, looking for somewhere for lunch. Found Mud Ducks and sooooo glad we did. Wonderful experience.”