The Blazing Paddles team have a range of accommodation options for adventurers including two fully furnished houses or for those prepared to roll out their sleeping bags, freedom camping with the use of a shower and toilets on site.
We have onsite accommodation for up to ten people in two bunkrooms a bedroom. There are shared toilet, shower facilities and fully self-contained kitchen, which includes a full stove/oven. Each bedroom can sleep up to four in two single beds/bunks and one double bed. Normally we put only one couple per bunkroom, if they are not part of the same group. This accommodation is ideal for those travelling from Auckland or Wellington the night before and arriving late before they start on the Whanganui River canoe or kayak trip the next day. Normally, most people are back at our depot between 3 and 5 pm, depending on the numbers being collected, and how busy it is on the Pipipiriki boat ramp, but some choose to stay another night after their trip. Rates are $50 per person per night.
This accommodation is available all year round and is only 40 minutes from the Top of the Bruce.
RIVER ROCK COTTAGES
Though typically booked out during most of the year, we also have a cottage that can sleep 8, in double beds and bunks. $200/person/night - Get in touch with Glenn to discuss your options
OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
In addition to on-site accommodation there are also a range of options in the Taumarunui area including
We recommend:Taumarunui Holiday Park - P: +64 7 895 9345
- Kelly's Motel - P:+64 7 895 8175
- Mahoe Motel - situated just a minute up the road from Blazing Paddles HQ, the Mahoe Motel has a bar and restaurant serving meals from breakfast through to dinner. Free Wifi, pets allowed and plenty of parking. P: +64 7 895 8988
- Central Park Motor Inn - P: +64 7 895 7133
- Alexandra Spa Motel - P: +64 7 895 8501
- Grandad’s Cottage Accommodation - P: +64 27 600 8998
- LeCornu Farms - P: +64 7 896 8901
- FernleafBed and Breakfast - P:+64 7 895 4847 or 0800 FERNLEAF (0800 337653)
- Twin Rivers Motel - P: +64 7 895 8063
ACCOMMODATION ON THE WHANGANUI RIVER
There are only campsites on the Taumarunui to Whakahoro section of the Whanganui River, with the John Coull Hut and Tieke Marae being supplemented by campsites. There is a hut at Whakahoro, but it is sleeping only, with separate cooking shelters outside. John Coull Hut has gas rings to cook on, but canoeists must take their own pots, plates and eating utensils. There is a campsite approximately every two hours after Ohinepane, each having a shelter that serves as a water catcher, and a toilet. Each campsite has storage for about 5000 litres of fresh water that does not need purifying. It is not possible to freedom camp beside the Whanganui River and DOC hut or campsite bookings must be made before going on the river.
It is now possible to book a bed in the DOC huts and at the Tieke Marae. We request you make your own DOC bookings online.
You can also book into the private Whio Lodge or Steele’s shearing quarters at Whakahoro and they will help you transport your gear up from the river. If interested, go to their website.
The private Ramanui Campsite opposite Tieke Marae has a 6-bed hut, or campsites. The hut can be booked directly with the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge at 0800 480 308 or by email.