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Canoe and Kayak in the Ruapehu District

For those who enjoy a slow and peaceful pace but are prepared to exert a bit of energy, canoeing or kayaking down the Whanganui, Whakapapa, Retaruke or Ongarue rivers is the way to go. Freedom or guided trips are available and operators provide pick up and drop off services.

The Whanganui Journey is the only river trip that is part of the Great Walks networks.  While the complete journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki takes five days, shorter legs can be undertaken. Some suggested routes include:

One day:      Taumarunui to Ohinepane (21.5 km)
Two days:    Taumarunui to Whakahoro (58 km)
Three days: Whakahoro to Pipiriki (87.5 km)
Five days:    Taumarunui to Pipiriki (145.5km)

A highly useful reference manual entitled "Guide to the Whanganui River" is available from the i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in Taumarunui and Ohakune. Produced by the New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association Inc. it retails for around NZ$10.00

Canoe & Kayak - Activities

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Whanganui River Adventures

Wanganui     Qualmark endorsed     $80.00 - $275.00 (NZD)

Whanganui River Adventures - owned and operated by locals Ken & Josephine Haworth, Ken has been Commercial Jetboating on the river since 1985 with his parents who started in the...

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Phone:+64 6 385 3246
Free phone:0800 862 743
2513 Pipiriki-Raetihi Road
RD 6
Whanganui River
Email: ken.pipiriki@xtra.co.nz
Web: www.whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz

Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ

National Park Village        

Hiking / Biking / Paddling - Eating / Laughing / Relaxing
NZ Adventure At its Best
Locally owned and operated Adventure Outdoors run personalised and professional tours tailored to suit your...

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Phone:+64 7 892 2778
Free phone:0800 386 925
Mobile:+64 27 242 7209
National Park Village
Email: info@adventureoutdoors.co.nz
Web: www.adventureoutdoors.co.nz/

Whanganui River Canoes

Raetihi         $79.00 - $775.00 (NZD)

Whanganui River Canoes can help to arrange your next adventure! To organise 1-6 day freedom or guided canoe trip, mountain bike/tramping shuttles or accommodation, contact us.

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Phone:+64 6 385 4176
Free phone:0800 408 888
Mobile:+64 27 3048 995
10 Parapara Road
Email: info@whanganuirivercanoes.co.nz
Web: whanganuirivercanoes.co.nz/

Yeti Tours

Ohakune     Qualmark endorsed     $35.00 - $895.00 (NZD)

For 2-6 and 10 day guided or freedom hire trips on the Whanganui River. We can provide you with all your gear requirements including a delivery and pickup service, catering...

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Phone:+64 6 385 8197
Fax:+64 6 385 8197
61 Clyde Street
Email: yeti.tours@xtra.co.nz
Web: www.canoe.co.nz

Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures - Guided Whanganui River Adventures

National Park Village     Qualmark endorsed     from $850.00 (NZD)

The Whanganui National Park has rugged terrain covered in lush native forest with the Whanganui River flowing through it.
The river from Taumarunui to Pipiriki is part of the Department of...

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Phone:+64 7 892 2751
Free phone:0800 462 374
Mobile:+64 27 446 2374
3 Waimarino-Tokaanu Road
National Park Village
National Park Village
Email: stewart@adriftnz.co.nz
Web: www.adriftnz.co.nz

Tongariro River Rafting

Turangi     Qualmark endorsed     $20.00 - $700.00 (NZD)

Book online and save on fuel. Save up to 20 cents per litre per person with AA fuel Saver if you book online.

The Tongariro
Whitewater, 2 hours, 13 kilometers, 60 rapids...

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Phone:+64 7 386 6409
Free phone:0800 101 024
Fax:+64 7 386 6445
95 Atrau Rd Turangi
Email: info@trr.co.nz
Web: www.trr.co.nz

Blazing Paddles Canoe Adventures


Here you will find everything you need to know about canoeing or kayaking the Whanganui River.

We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable experience as you share our Whanganui...

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Phone:+64 7 895 5261
Free phone:0800 252 946
1033 State Highway 4
Email: ebreym@xtra.co.nz
Web: blazingpaddles.co.nz/

Bridge to Nowhere Tour

Wanganui         $75.00 - $245.00 (NZD)

Bridge to Nowhere Tour - 4 hours
Departing from Pipiriki our jet boat tours run daily travelling 30km into the wilderness region of the Whanganui National Park. Pass through fern-clad gorges,...

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Phone:+64 6 385 4622
Free phone:0800 480 308
R D 6 Whanganui River
Email: info@bridgetonowhere.co.nz
Web: www.bridgetonowhere.co.nz

Taumarunui Canoe Hire & Jet Boat Tours

Taumarunui         $65.00 - $195.00 (NZD)

As a Whanganui River Canoe Operator it is our pleasure to provide freedom hire for kayaks/canoes, jet boat journeys and cycle hire, through the many rapids and remote majestic gorges,...

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Phone:+64 7 895 7483
Free phone:0800 226 6348
Fax:+64 7 895 5035
292 Hikumutu Road
Email: tmncanoehire@xtra.co.nz
Web: www.taumarunuicanoehire.co.nz/

Wades Landing Outdoors


Wades Landing Lodge, 120 bed lodge, licensed bar and restaurant, camping facilities and function specialists run in conjunction with Wades landing outdoors activities including Whanganui River 1-5 day canoe trips,...

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Phone:+64 7 895 5995
Free phone:0800 226 631
11 Kaiteke Road
Email: info@wadeslanding.co.nz
Web: www.whanganui.co.nz/