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There’s a wealth of reminders of pre-European history to be explored on the Whanganui River, as well as poignant examples of the European’s vain attempts to tame the river and the magnificent scenery that had the Whanganui River journey being described at one stage as the “Eighth Great Wonder of the World”. A rare chance to really get away from it all for a few days in perfect safety – something that is almost unique in this troubled world of today. No telephones… no televisions. Just you and nature.

A Whanganui River canoe trip is perfect for people of all ages and all experience levels. Trips can range from one day up to eight days for a complete expedition from Taumarunui to Wanganui.

The normal canoeing season is from 1st October to 1st May with the busiest time being over the Christmas holiday period.

Accommodation along your journey is at one of the many campsites or Department of Conservation huts along the way. A highly recommended stop would be at Tieke Kāinga, a small Māori community and marae which was a trading centre prior to European colonisation.

Our Canoeing Experiences

Splash'n Dash

Taumarunui to Ohinepane - 1 Day (4-5 hours) - $100 per passenger

Great for those with limited time. A one day 21.5 km paddle starting at Cherry Grove, Taumarunui you'll paddle along the upper Whanganui River to Ohinepane and experience plenty of rapids (45 of them!) along the way. You can also take a pit stop along the way at Lauren's Lavender Farm Cafe for a cuppa and a fresh baked muffin. Book Now

Overnighter

Taumarunui to Whakahoro - 2 Days, 1 night - $175 per passenger

A two day paddle, starting at Cherry Grove, Taumarunui you'll paddle 57 kms along the upper Whanganui River to Whakahoro. Enjoy the transition from town to wilderness including Ohura Falls and an overnight stay at Poukaria Campsite. Revel in the exhilaration of 100 rapids on along the way. Book Now

Park Highlights

Whakahoro to Pipiriki - 3 Days, 2 nights - $200 per passenger

A three day paddle starting at Whakahoro, you'll travel 88 kms through the beautiful Whanganui River National Park experiencing the rapids and mirror pools of the Whanganui River to Pipiriki. Enjoy a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere as part of your tour. Book Now

Ohinepane Kickback

Ohinepane to Pipiriki - 4 Days, 3 nights - $200 per passenger

OUR MOST POPULAR EXPERIENCE. A four day paddle, starting at Ohinepane you'll travel though the beautiful Whanganui River National Park experiencing the rapids and mirror pools of the Whanganui River through to Pipiriki. 123 kms of fun and tranquility.  Enjoy a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere as part of your tour. Book Now

Ultimate Experience

Taumarunui to Pipiriki - 5 Days, 4 nights - $200 per passenger

A perfect getaway, 145 kms of discovery, rapids and stunning scenery through the Whanganui River National Park. You can also take a pit stop along the way at Lauren's Lavender Farm Cafe for a cuppa and a fresh baked muffin. Enjoy a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere as part of your tour. Book Now

Te Araroa Walkers and New Zealand Cycle Trail

Taumarunui to Pipiriki --or-- Whakahoro to Wanganui - up to 8 days - $225 per passenger

Enjoy an unforgettable paddling adventure through the stunning Whanganui National Park as part of your Te Araroa or NZ Cycle Trail journey. A flexible 5, 6, 7 or 8 day paddle, starting from your choice of either Taumarunui, Ohinepane or Whakahoro. There so many options available for you to discover hidden gems. Enjoy a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere as part of your tour. Book Now

What you need to know

Please note - we won't leave our paddlers stranded if you're late arriving at your destination and we won't charge you a late fee

Prices are based on 1 passenger. For safety reasons there are a minimum of 2 passengers required for each trip. Discounts available for larger group bookings.

Any campsite or hut fees are not included in our price. These must be booked and paid for seperately with the Department of Conservation. Please click here to book.

What we provide for your journey: Canoe/Kayak, Paddles, Life Jackets, Storage Drums, Baler, Rope, River Maps, Safety Video and Briefing, Emergency Personal Locator Beacon, Transport To and From the River.
What we provide at our Base: WiFi, Tea, Coffee, Showers, Toilet Facilities and Vehicle Storage at our base.

Vehicle Relocation
We can transport your vehicle from our Piriaka base to your final destination saving you up to 5 hours of travel time if you are continuing your journey south.

From our Piriaka base to:

  • Ohinepane $100
  • Whakahoro $150
  • Pipiriki $150

Combinations packages available including Accommodation, Shuttle Services and Bicycles are available

River Conditions

For current Whanganui River conditions, click here.

The Whanganui River is considered unsafe for canoeing when the Level at Te Maire is above 80 cumecs (litres/second). Extreme care should also be exercised when the river is approaching 60 cumecs (litres/second) and the weather forecast is indicating rain in the Whanganui River headwaters.

The best idea is to call us on 0800 252 946 for an update on expected conditions before you leave home.

Your safety is important to us and we reserve the absolute right to not allow passengers to travel when we consider the river conditions or weather forecasts are unfavourable, or for any other reason, at our sole discretion. In the event that we consider the river to be unsafe for canoeing, we will fully refund any deposit or other payment made. If we consider the river to be safe for your trip and you choose not to go, we reserve the right to keep any deposit or payment made.