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The Blazing Paddles team have a range of accommodation options for adventurers including two fully furnished Cottages. 


Comprising Onsite Backpacker Style Accommodation Adjacent to our Base for up to Ten People in 3 bedrooms.  Fireplace for heating in the dining room with fully self-contained kitchen, which includes a full stove/oven and fridge/freezer. The lounge has 2 big leather sofas, with BigTV and DVD player.

There are shared toilet, shower and bathroom facilities. Each bedroom can sleep up to four in two single beds/bunks and one double bed. Normally we put only one couple per room, if they are not part of the same group.

An Expansive Deck Overlooks the Adjacent Whanganui River. 

Rates are $35 per person per night.


This cottage is very popular with guests often booking for a week or two, so booking is essential. It is a fully self contained including bedding. Heat pump/air condition unit. Washing machine is also provided. Sleeps 8 in 2 double rooms and 2 sets of bunks . $50 per Person/Night with a Minimum $200/night charge - Get in touch with Glenn to discuss your options

Both Cottages Are Situated on the banks of the Whanganui River Being 10 Kms South of Taumarunui on State Highway 4. Home to the 2009 "World Fly Fishing Championships" and Set to Return in 2020

Being Equidistant Between Auckland & Wellington,the Accommodation is Ideal for Those Travelling From the North or South the Night Before and Arriving Late Before They Start on any Whanganui River Adventure. 

Normally, Most Groups are Back at our Base Between 2pm and 5pm, Depending on Numbers being collected, and how busy it is on the Pipiriki boat ramp. Some choose to stay another night after their trip. 

This Accommodation is Available all Year Round and is only 50 Kms from the WHAKAPAPA SKIFIELDS & the WESTERN SHORES OF LAKE TAUPO.

River Rock Dining Room

River Rock Lounge

Anglers Cottage Kitchen/Dining 

Anglers Cottage Lounge

Sleeps 8$50 per person
$200 Per Night Minimum
Bedroom 1 - Queen Bed,
Bedroom 2 - Queen Bed,
Bedroom 3 - 2 Sets of Bunks
Bedding Provided

Sleeps 13$35 Per Person/NightBACKPACKER  COTTAGE
Bedroom 1 - Queen Bed & Bunks,
Bedroom 2 - 2 Sets of Bunks, 
Bedroom 3 - Double Bed & 3 Bunks,
Fitted Sheet and Pillowcases 

River Rock Backpackers

                        Bunk Room

Angler's Brm 1

Angler's Brm 2

Anglers Cottage


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


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.

From Pipiriki onwards you can organise your campsites as you go with a variety of options available, Whanganui River Adventures have Camping and cabins in Pipiriki, further down is Jerusalem, then a campsite at Ranana, The Flying Fox, Koriniti, Downes Hut, Atene, Parekino and Finishing at the Top 10 Holiday Park in Whanganui.