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Enjoy Canoe Tours on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-WanganuiEnjoy Canoe Tours on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-WanganuiEnjoy Canoe Tours on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-WanganuiEnjoy Canoe Tours on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Enjoy Canoe Tours on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Enjoy canoeing on Whanganui River in Hikumutu, Manawatu-Wanganui! The Whanganui River: The Whanganui River is the third longest river in AOTEAROA (NEW ZEALAND). It originates as an alpine stream high on Mt Tongariro, gaining strength from waters flowingfrom Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. It then descends through the Central Volcanic Plateau towards Taumarunui, and then sweeps to the southwest towards Whanganui and the Tasman Sea. Trip Information: The Whanganui River Canoe Journey is a great adventure for all. Our trips are ideal for those wishing to have a relaxing holiday, but include enough challenges to create a fun experience. It’s a great chance to really get away from it all for a few days in perfect remoteness. No telephones... no televisions. Just you and nature. We cater for a great variety of people from all age groups with the emphasis on enjoyment; so a moderate level of fitness is all that is required for the Whanganui River Canoe/Kayak journeys. Trips by length of Journey: • One Day Journey: The 4 hours trip is available with or without a navigator which starts in Taumarunui and finishes in Ohinepane. It covers 22 km, shooting 49 rapids, some small ones to some heart pumping ones; great waterfalls and you will be travelling through farmland, along the way which incorporates gorgeous scenic bush areas. Two hours paddling downstream is where you enter the Whanganui National Park. • Two Day Journey You can take a two-day leisurely paddle from Taumarunui to Whakahoro, making the most of the exciting rapids, wildlife and beautiful scenery of the upper reaches, then on the second day is where you come into more great waterfalls, always amazing scenery and outstanding rock formations. • Three Day Journey:  Leaving from Whakahoro, this three day trip moves through the river gorges with beautiful scenery and native wildlife in the Whanganui National Park. The first day of this journey isnot for the faint hearted, it takes just over an hour drive to the starting point at Whakahoro, pack your boats, then you have a 7 hours paddle to John Coull Hut. It can be too much for families or older people. • Four Day Journey (Recommended): This trip starts at Ohinepane a 20 Minute Drive down river from Taumarunui (which means you miss a lot of rapids, but not all the amazing scenery). Travel through farmland, fantastic rock formations, abounding water falls, and you're in the Whanganui National Park which you stay in until you get to Pipiriki. Enjoy the waterfalls, the many bird species and the most amazing ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’ • Five Day Journey (Recommended): For those of you who have the time "this journey has it all"! It is New Zealands only TOP 10 Great Walk that you can canoe. This journey starts at Taumarunui and finishes at Pipiriki. It covers 145 km, with exhilerating rapids, breath takiing scenery, gorgeous waterfalls, rock formations to paddle through the middle, farmland, native bush, and lots of DOC Campsites. The Whanganui National Park, has wild life -(native bats, kiwi, whio, kaka, and even glow worms and much more …). The five day journey incorporates all of the above days, so all you need to do now is make your decision! Prices:               Duration               Adult        Youth (up to 18)          From/To - 2 Hours 10 kilometres      $65 NZD        $55  NZD              Taumarunui - Our Farm - 4 Hours 22 kilometres      $75 NZD        $60 NZD               Taumarunui - Ohinepane - 7 Hours 35 kilometres      $155 NZD      $140 NZD             Ohinepane - Whakahoro (min numbers apply) - 2 Days 57 Kilometres       $155 NZD      $140 NZD             Taumarunui - Whakahoro - 4 Days 123 Kilometres     $175 NZD      $150 NZD               Ohinepane - Pipiriki Our journeys include all of the following: - Freedom camping the night before & the night after your journey on the farm - Free internet - Transport is included to and from the river - A Barrister Coffee, Cup of Tea or Cold drink during Safety Briefing - Baking and a drink at the boat ramp on your return (for the multi day tours) - 3 Maritime New Zealand Certified Jet Boats on site for Jet Boat rides or back up for rescues - Canoes, Life-Jackets - Waterproof storage barrels - 30 L or 60 L and dry bags for your tent and sleeping mats - Spare paddle - A photo with your camera or ours (please ask for this) - A whistle per person - River Maps are provided (but must be returned at the completion of the journey); - Vehicles can be stored safely at our Base here on the Banks of the Whanganui River, 3km from Town, Free of Charge - TCH provide you with a full safety briefing, instructions and on the water practice before you depart on your journey - Bow rope is provided (each canoe must be tied up at night) All prices include Goods and Service Tax. Deposit: - $50 NZD for 2 person

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  • Per Person
  • $40/person
    1 hour2 person min


Captain Optional
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2 guests
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Together with our staff (including our six children, 5 boys and 1 girl) we love and enjoy the river and have been known to escape down the Mighty Whanganui on many occasions ourselves, making memories of our River Adventures! This means we know and understand the Awa very well. Our passion is to see you have the best time you possibly can during your experience and adventures with us either Canoeing and Jet Boating the Whanganui River or Bicycling the Timber Trail. We have a strong bond to the Land, the Mountains, the Whanganui River, the Fauna and the indigenous Maori people of the Region. We would like all of our guests to look after our pristine living environment, which requires our unlimited care and protection for the enhancement and well being of the Awa (River), for future generations to enjoy.

Features & Details

  • Life jackets/required safety gear

Approximate Location

You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.

The boat's approximate location on a map

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to 1 day prior.

Additional Terms & Information

Age Requirement: - 5 years. General Information: - Starting time - Normal starting times for the 2 and 5 day trip can be from 7 - 8.30 am and can be organised up until 1pm for the 4 hour journey if needed; (you will be given your arrival time either by phone or email on booking). - Normal starting times for the 3 and 4 day trip can be from 7am; (you will be given your arrival time either by phone or email on booking). - Pick up time in Pipiriki is 1.30 pm unless otherwise stated. - Pick up time in Whakahoro is between 1-2 pm. - Our times can be flexible so please talk to us about your needs. What to Bring: - A Tent is compulsary on the Whanganui River Journey even if you are booked in the huts (This is for your safety, if you dont get to the hut you have cover/ to sleep in). - Swim wear, shorts, sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen - Tracksuit, polypro pants (not jeans), windproof leggings (optional) - Waterproof jacket or parka - Aqua shoes, strapped sandals, sandshoes or wetsuit booties - Light gloves (for warmth or blisters) - Woollen socks - Food (plus extra in case of an emergency) and drinking water (allow two litres per person per day) - Camping equipment and clothes, including comfortable shoes, towels, first aid kit, torch, insect repellent, food, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, personal toiletries, medications, reading material etc. Extras: - 2-3-4 person tents $10 NZD per day ($25 NZD per journey) - Dry suits $10 NZD per day ($25 NZD per journey) - Kovea Gas cooker $5 NZD Trip (Gas cylinder refills for this make $5 NZD) - Camping pot set $10 NZD Trip - Plates, Cups, cutlery $5 NZD Trip - Rubber Bed Roll $5 NZD Trip (Self Inflating Bedrolls are extra)  - Sleeping bag, non Allergenic $10 NZD - $20 NZD per journey  - Barrels and dry bags free of charge Cancellation Policy: - If cancelled before 1 day prior to departure, full refund. - If cancelled after 1 day prior to departure, no refund.