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Explore the Whanganui River

Hop in a canoe or kayak and float back in time on the Whanganui River and learn about its early history. If you're keen to speed things up, you can jump in a jetboat and skim down (or up) the river at a slightly faster pace, giving you a broad overview of the river valley.

A rich history threads through the bounty of natural wonders and adventure activities on offer in the largely secluded Whanganui National Park. The stretch of river between Taumarunui and Pipiriki is the only river journey that is part of the New Zealand Great Walks system. Known as the Whanganui Journey, the full trip takes around five days. 

Taking an adventure down the mighty Whanganui river is a summertime dream. Explore the untouched, natural wonderland and epic journey as you paddle through deep gorges and past cascading waterfalls. A Journey like no other and magical experience for all ability levels.

The mighty Whanganui River is a mecca for a multitude of watersports, with kayaking and multi-day canoe trips as popular options to experience the natural and historical beauty of the waterway. For a real slice of something more traditional, you can try the Whanganui River dories, North American inspired dinghies that make for a relaxing and interesting journey. For more information about tours on the Whanganui River head here.

Seeking a little more thrill in your adventure? Feel the power and see the beauty of the rivers pristine natural landscapes from the valley floor via jet boat. Book your jet boat experience today.