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
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Whitewater, 2 hours, 13 kilometers, 60 rapids...
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...More info Make an enquiry
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,...
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.More info Make an enquiry