Welcome to the River

Your Adventure starts right here, with us....

AS WHANGANUI RIVER CANOE & JETBOAT OPERATORS we provide canoe/kayak/bike hire and exhilarating Jet Boat Tours. Take a trip through the many rapids and lush native bush with some of the best scenic landscaping in the New Zealand, all found on the right here on the incredible Whanganui River.

To make an Enquiry concerning a booking please click on the email address below




A deposit of $50.00 per boat is taken to secure your Whanganui Journey. If you have a large group we will email you your deposit amount when you enquire.

Starting from our Base in Taumarunui, you will enter the river at either, our Taumarunui Base, Ohinepane, or Whakahoro.


The Department of Conservation DOC provide campsites and huts situated along the river. Youth under 18 years old are free of charge. We can help you or we can do your campsite bookings to make it easier for you.

There is no additional charges for us to do your booking.

Our Address is

292 Hikumutu Road


Our Free Calling number is   0800 226634

Calling from overseas +64 7 8957483

Karens cell number 027 2266348

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

If you wish to talk with us call: 0800-CANOE4U (0800226634) -Only from within New Zealand. 

Catch us on YOU-TUBE

Get a taster of what you can expect on your Whanganui River Journey. Simply click on the picture below

Why choose us for your Whanganui River Adventure?

Riverside Base
Family owned and operated
Barista Coffee at Briefing
Muffins and Juice on pickup
Freedom Camping Before and After
Free Safe Car Parking
Incredible Campsite Views
Experienced Friendly Staff
Qualmark Approved
3x Jet Boats for Tours and Rescues
Full Safety Briefing
On the water training
Hire Bikes from Pipiriki to Whanganui
We will Store your Backpacks &
Transport your Bikes and Backpacks to Pipiriki
Quality Modern Equipment
Private Campsite Options
Will do Campsite/Hut Bookings NO extra Fees
Youth not charged as Adults until they're 18yrs

We provide up to date top quality equipment, give, accurate information on Canoeing, & Jet-Boating for the Whanganui River Journey, very importantly we deliver quality Professional & Personalised service.

You will receive Waterproof Barrels, Informative Maps, Life Jackets and our Canoes are some of the newest on the river. (Every year we get new boats to add to our fleet, last year we purchased more than 40 new boats.) All you have to supply is your Camping Gear and Food. Even then we have all the Camping Gear for Hire.

You can even hire our bikes and we will bring the Bikes to Pipiriki for you to Bike to Whanganui so you don't have to paddle all the way.

WHY we give you a thorough Safety Briefing at our office is to show you on Video the Hazards and the Campsites, this sets you up for an amazing well informed journey and helps to keep you safe.

We are the only Whanganui River Canoe & Jet Boat Company on the top end of the River for your safety, and if you are paddling with us and a Rescue is required, we have a small Rescue Fee.  If your hiring from another Company, rescue fees will be expensive.

Most of our customers have never canoed, rafted or camped before but thoroughly enjoy their Whanganui River Canoes and Kayaks and find it well within their capabilities.

Almost anyone can enjoy one of our journeys including large groups, business trips, families, beginner paddlers, experienced Kayakers and those that like a challenge and loads of fun on the Whanganui River. Your comfort, enjoyment and safety is our main priority. (Ask about an extra day if you would like a really relaxed journey or if you have children.)


cocffe machine

Our Base is 3 km from Taumarunui, perched up on a hill overlooking the Whanganui River, Taumarunui Township and Mount Hikurangi, a very special place to sit and plan your journey. Our emphasis is on relaxation and fun, all in a unique setting.

Our Business is built on us working together as a family to make your holiday as enjoyable as we can and you will be welcomed as part of it right from when you arrive.

Along with Freedom Camping and WiFi you will receive Barista Coffee with your SAFETY Briefing at our office.  At the drop off point we give you on the water training, and we meet you at the boat ramp with baking and a drink (for multi-day journeys) to welcome you back and say


You are welcome to Hire one of our well appointed GUEST UNITS. You are also welcome to FREEDOM CAMP or park your Campervan on our beautiful grassed area beside or overlooking the Whanganui river FREE the night before or after your journey. There is also a fire pit which you are welcome to light a fire, this will be the last fire you will be allowed to light on the Whanganui River.

jetboat couple
canoe splash