Whanganui National Park Canoeing

The Whanganui National Park has rugged terrain covered in lush native forest with the Whanganui River flowing through it. The river from Taumarunui to Pipiriki is part of the Department of Conservation Great Walk network. The 3 or 4 day Whakahoro to Pipiriki section is the most popular canoeing section. From Whakahoro, the only access out is by canoe and this remoteness with forest filtered fresh air makes for a rejuvenating holiday. The Canadian Canoes used, are well suited for the rapids and the long still water of the gorges and they hold plenty of gear. Luxuries are a must!

The Whanganui River is rich with Maori and European history, the largest reminder of which, is the famous Bridge to Nowhere. Just like the early explorers, you will see the spectacular sheer gorges rising hundreds of metres to distant ridges and hopefully hear a Kiwi calling, while eating dinner under the stars.

Adrift provides qualified, experienced and personable guides whose sole purpose is to ensure you have a safe, enjoyably and memorable adventure. There are many marvels and obstacles on the journey where our guides willingly offer their experience and anecdotes. Equally there are times where you are left to absorb the tranquillity and solitude.

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All unguided trips commencing from Taumarunui must have a river guide for the first day (NZ$100 per person, per day. Minimum group size is 4 persons). This section of River has a larger frequency of rapids some of which are technical, requiring a guide.

*Freedom Hire Charge is for canoe and paddling equipment hire (dry barrels, paddles, and buoyancy vests), and transport from National Park Village to and from the river. The charge does not include Department of Conservation Hut Passes, nor any clothing or camping equipment. Clothing and camping equipment is available for hire and Hut passes can be purchased through Adrift.

River Guide Only NZ$100 per person, per day

Minimum group size of 4 persons is required for this rate

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Groups with over 5 in numbers 5% discount

Groups with over 10 in numbers 10% discount

Child rate applies to all children under the age of 13 at the time of completing the adventure.

Children under 6yrs and & paddling, i.e. not taking a passenger seat, $100

Includes; guide/s, full catering, canoe & paddling equipment, return transport for National Park Village & Whakapapa Village, cooking & camping equipment (excludes sleeping bags), and Department of Conservation Hut passes. All you need is your clothing and enthusiasm.

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