Taumarunui Canoe Hire offers unguided canoe/kayak hire  and Jet Boat Tours on the Whanganui River in New Zealand
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Taumarunui Canoe Hire offers unguided canoe/kayak hire for journeys from 1-5 days and Jet Boat Tours on 
 the Whanganui River in the Central North Island of New Zealand


Trip Information

Included is FREEDOM CAMPING before & after your Journey & FREE WIFI on site, along with Muffins & Juice for Multi Day journeys at the Boat Ramp. Below you will find details of the trips by length of journey and some 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 starts in Taumarunui and finishes in Ohinepane. It covers 22 km, shooting 49 rapids which are not more than .4 of a grade, mostly small ones with a couple of 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!

General Information

Starting time
Normal briefing times for the 2 and 5 day trip is 7.30am however on public holidays it is normally 9.00 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

To give you an idea of costing when you have your own canoes and you are using us as Transport only, if we are putting people in and picking people up at the above destinations the costs start from $15pp.

For those of you that travel by Public Transport we have a free shuttle service from the Train and Bus Terminal, Taumarunui Visitor Information Centre, Bed and Breakfasts, and Motels.

If you are coming from National Park and we have picked people up at Pipiriki we can pick you up as we drive through National Park and bring you to our Base free of charge. If you are wanting us to make a special trip to National Park to pick you up then a small charge will apply.

Arrival and Departure

You will be required to complete a Registration Form before you are able to hire the gear from us. We also require full payment before departing on your adventure.
We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa and Master Card.

Rapids and White Water

In normal flows, the Whanganui is a very safe river to canoe.
There are only a few graded (1 and 2) rapids on the river, with the most exciting on the Taumarunui – Ohinepane section and just before Pipiriki. These are Towhenua, Omaka, followed by Ngaporo and Autapu.

The river and rapids change depending on the level of water. We will tell you if we are concerned about the river rising or flooding and may postpone or cancel the trip, these assessments are made daily, for safety reasons. Remember you in the hands of Nature, always be prepared!

Extras Available for Hire

2-3-4 person tents $10.00 per day ($25 per journey, 3 or more days)
Dry Suits $10.00 per day ($25 per journey, 3 or more days)
Kovea Gas cooker $5.00 Trip
Pot set $10.00 Trip
Plates, Cups , cutlery $5.00 Trip
Bed Roll $5.00 Trip
Sleeping bag, non Allergenic $10.00-$15.00 per journey

To learn more about what to bring with you click here.

Deposits and Refunds


Please note that a deposit for each canoe/kayak booking of $50 is required. If you have a group booking we don't expect you to collect that amount of money, just give me a call and we can discuss the deposit.
The deposit can be paid by cheque or credit card (Visa, Mastercard) through our secure credit card facility with New Zealand Tourism Online. Click here to use this facility. This will guarantee your booking.

After receiving the deposit, a confirmation will be emailed to you. In our very busy times it may take 2 days to get your confirmation email sent through, but don't worry I will have the booking. Deposits may not be refunded for any short notice cancellations (for large groups, not just 1 or 2 people) or if you just do not arrive. If clients miss their trip due to late arrival then an alternative journey will be provided depending on availability.

Taumarunui Canoe Hire may charge an Administration fee for cancellations. Taumarunui Canoe Hire also reserves the right to cancel any journey, due to severe weather warnings or unsafe river levels. In this case you will receive your deposit refunded in full. Once your trip on the Whanganui River has started, there are no refunds if you decide not to complete your intended journey or if you do the journey in shorter days than recommended.

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CONTACT DETAILS

Taumarunui Canoe Hire
292 Hikumutu Road
TAUMARUNUI 3992
New Zealand

Free Phone:
0800 CANOE 4 U (NZ only)
(0800 22663 4 8)
Phone: +64 7 895 7483
Fax: +64 7 895 5350

 
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