Here at Taumarunui Canoe Hire we can offer you a variety of unguided freedom hire journeys. Below you will find details of the trips by length of journey and some detailed
information about arrivals and departures, booking, river conditions and items available for hire. To learn more about what to bring with you click here.
Trips by length of Journey
One Day Journey
The 4 hour 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.
Alternatively you can depart from Ohinepane and paddle to Whakahoro which is 35 kms. This takes around 7 hours, has great waterfalls, amazing scenery and outstanding rock formations.
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.
The DOC campsites on the Taumarunui to Whakahoro section are all on the right hand side of the bank.
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 is not 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 hour paddle to John Coull Hut. It can be too much for families or older people.
In this case we will do the 4 day journey for the 3 day price just so you can relax more. You then will only have a 20 minute drive to Ohinepane to be put in and either a 5 hour paddle to Mahanui or a 6 hour paddle to Whakahoro. Doing the 4 Day Journey instead of the 3 Day Journey will cut up to 2 1/2 hours off your first day while you are getting used to the Canoe and the River
Along the way, there are campsites situated aside the riverbank from Taumarunui to Pipiriki – the final destination. Tieke Kainga has a Whare kai (dining hall), a near new bunkroom with 20 bunks and there is plenty of room at the campsite to pitch your tent.
If you stay here on the last night you can meet the Tangata Tuwhenua (local people), and talk about the history and culture. This section of the river can be slower with a lot more paddling involved.
If you would like to have another option for this night of your journey please don't hesitate to talk to us.
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.’
Along the way, there are campsites situated beside the riverbank from Taumarunui to Pipiriki – the final destination. The Huts on this stretch are at Whakahoro, John Coull and Tieke Kainga has a Whare kai (dining hall), a near new bunkroom with 20 bunks and there is plenty of room at the campsite to pitch your tent. If you stay here on the last night as you can meet the Tangata Tuwhenua (local people), history and culture. If you would like other options to stay the night please talk to our staff.
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!
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 1.30pm unless otherwise stated.
Pick up time in Whakahoro is between 1-2pm.
Our times can be flexible so please talk to us about your needs.
What to bring
On your trip with Taumarunui Canoe Hire, you will need to bring a range of gear to make your journey comfortable and safe. Try and keep your supplies as compact as possible. Please click here for further details.
Vehicle Parking, Car Ferrying and Using us as Transport Only
Vehicles can be parked and stored safely at our farm base FREE OF CHARGE and our PRICE INCLUDES BRINGING YOU BACK TO YOUR VEHICLE. We can arrange to have your car ferried to your destination point if your not planning on coming back to Taumarunui.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE DOING THE JOURNEY WITH US ALL TRANSPORT IS INCUDED EXCEPT IF YOU WANT YOUR VEHICLE RELOCATED.
The cost of Car Ferrying is as follows: (If it works to our advantage we may be able at times to make the below cost cheaper)
- Taumarunui to Ohinepane - $ 45.00
- Taumarunui to Whakahoro - $145.00
- Taumarunui to Raetihi - $ 75.00
- Taumarunui to Pipiriki - $145.00