Welcome to the River

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

AS WHANGANUI RIVER CANOE & JETBOAT OPERATORS we provide canoe/kayak 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 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 YOUTUBE

Get a taster of what you can expect on your stay with us. Simply click on the pic below

Why choose us for your Whanganui River Adventure?

Riverside Base
Family owned and operated
Quality Modern Equipment
Freedom Camping Before and After
Muffins and Juice on pickup
Experienced Friendly Staff
Barista Coffee at Briefing
Qualmark Approved
3x Jet Boats as Backup if needed
Full Safety Briefing
On the water training
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 the Whanganui River, 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.

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.

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 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.)

Most of our clients have never canoed, rafted or camped before but thoroughly enjoy their Whanganui River Canoeing or Kayaking trip and find it well within their capabilities.

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