Our trips are ideal for those wishing to have a relaxing holiday but include enough challenges to create a fun experience. It is a great chance to really get away from it all for a few days in perfect remoteness. No phones, no televisions, just you and nature.
We cater for a wide variety of people of all age groups with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment; a moderate level of fitness is all that is required for the Whanganui River canoe/kayak journeys. If you do have a lower level of fitness, please be honest with yourself and choose a shorter trip, take an extra day to complete your canoe journey, or book a jet boat ride.
Our Whanganui River Canoes start from $70 pp.
We have competitive prices already, however if you have 6 or more people and we are not running a promotion, we will discount your journey further.
Our youth prices apply to all ages under 18 years. We believe families should be able to enjoy a great holiday with all children under 18 years old at youth rate.
Transport and pickup from Ohinepane, Whakahoro, and Pipiriki is included in the price.
1 Day - read more
Taumarunui to Ohinepane
Adult $85 | Youth $70
Jetboat return (from Ohinepane)
$85 per person
Taumarunui to Whakahoro
Adult $175 | Youth $160
Ohinepane to Whakahoro
Adult $175 | Youth $160
3 Day - read more
Whakahoro to Pipiriki
Adult $170 | Youth $140
4 Day - read more
Ohinepane to Whakahoro
Adult $175 | Youth $145
5 Day - read more
Taumarunui to Pipiriki
Adult $180 | Youth $145
*Mention this advert in your online booking. No Public Holidays
Adult $190 | Youth $145
Adult $200 | Youth $145
1 Day Journey
Taumarunui to Ohinepane (4.5 hours) - Book online -
$85 per adult | $70 per youth | Jet boat return: $85 pp extra
Starting from our Taumarunui home base, this journey covers 22 kilometres of the Whanganui River and you experience around 50 rapids, some small and some large, exhilarating ones. There are waterfalls on either side of the river and gorgeous scenic bush areas as you travel through farmland at the start of the trip. After two hours paddling downstream you reach the sign letting you know you have entered the Whanganui National Park.
2 Day Journeys
Taumarunui to Whakahoro - Book online -
$175 per adult | $160 per youth (Minimum 4 people)
Starting from our Taumarunui home base, this journey covers 22 kilometers of the Whanganui River and you experience around 50 rapids, some small and some large, exhilarating ones. There are waterfalls on either side of the river and gorgeous scenic bush areas as you travel through farmland at the start of the trip. After two hours paddling downstream you reach the sign letting you know you have entered the Whanganui National Park.
If you have a group of 4 or more adults you can take a two-day leisurely paddle, making the most of the exciting rapids, wildlife, and beautiful scenery of the upper reaches of the Whanganui River. On the second day you paddle by some great waterfalls, amazing scenery, and outstanding rock formations. (If you have fewer than 4 people you can stay the night at Whakahoro and if we are down there the following morning we can pick you up) or you could paddle to Maharanui for your first night and then paddle out by 10am for the pick up. (This must be booked by calling our office).
The DoC campsites on the Taumarunui to Whakahoro section are all on the right-hand side of the river and the best ones to book are Poukaria campsite or Maharanui campsite.
Ohinepane to Whakahoro - Book online -
$175 per adult | $160 per youth
If you have a group of 4 or more people you can depart from Ohinepane and paddle to Maharanui campsite or Whakahoro campsite/hut (a 35 km trip) and camp there the night with a pickup at 10am the next morning. This is a favourite journey as you paddle through numerous waterfalls, spectacular scenery, and amongst outstanding rock formations.
3 Day Journey
Whakahoro to Pipiriki - Book online -
SPECIAL PRICE: $170 per adult | $145 per youth
After Whakahoro there is no road access to the river until Pipiriki. The 3 day trip travels 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 to drive from our Taumarunui base to the starting point at Whakahoro, pack your boats, then a 5 hour paddle to Ohauora campsite or a 7 hour paddle to the John Coull campsite/hut. This can be too much for families or older people.
In this case you could do the 3 day journey over 4 days so you can relax more or you could choose to do the 4 day journey mentioned below, you will then only have a 20 minute drive to Ohinepane to start your journey, and either a 5 hour paddle to Maharanui campsite or a 6 hour paddle to Whakahoro campsite/hut. Doing the 4 day journey instead of the 3 day journey will cut up to 2.5 hours off your first day while you are getting used to the canoe and the river.
4 Day Journey (recommended)
Ohinepane to Pipiriki - Book online -
$175 per adult | $145 per youth
This trip starts at Ohinepane which is a short 20 minute drive down river from our Taumarunui base. This means you skip several of the early big rapids, but not all the amazing scenery, and is absolutely Karen's favourite day.
You can choose to stay at Posh Pioneers who are located at Maharanui, they have an amazing set up there, with Dinner Bed and Breakfast. You sleep in old fashioned carriages. (Please ask me if you want this).
Along the 4 days you will travel through farmland, fantastic rock formations, abounding waterfalls, and you are in the Whanganui National Park which you stay in until you come off the river at Pipiriki. Enjoy the waterfalls, the many bird species, and the iconic Bridge to Nowhere walk.
5 Day Journey (recommended)
Taumarunui to Pipiriki - Book online -
*Internet-only Special* $180 pp (Mention this advert in your online booking. No Public Holidays; and 5 days 4 nights only)
Special Price: $190 pp (Discounted from $200 pp)
This journey has it all. With our private boat ramp on-site at our Taumarunui home base, it means that after the morning safety briefing you can jump straight on the river with no driving time. If you want to take an extra day this is no problem at all.
This is New Zealand's only Great Walk trip that you can canoe. This Whanganui River journey begins at Taumarunui and finishes at Pipiriki. It covers 145 km through exhilarating rapids, breath-taking scenery, gorgeous waterfalls, rock formations to paddle through the middle of, farmland, native bush, and some of the best DoC campsites which you miss if you book a shorter journey.
Te Araroa Walkers Journey
Taumarunui to Whanganui
Whakahoro to Whanganui
Whakahoro to Pipiriki (Bike hire available to Whanganui)
Contact our free number and Karen can talk you through your options.
The Te Araroa Trail walks straight past our entrance gate on Hikumutu Road.
Send your packages to us and we will store them safely for your arrival.
We can pick you up from Taumarunui where there are restaurants and supermarkets and bring you out to our base (3 minute drive) to Freedom Camp or simply enjoy a rest day. We can pick up your groceries in town and you can walk out here if you prefer. We also can do a run in the evening to town for you if you would like to get take-aways for dinner. If you need supplies taken to Pipiriki we can organise that for when you paddle past on day 4 or 5.
We have a daily pickup in Taumarunui town daily around 3:30-4pm to freedom camp at our home base. Just give us a call if you would like to be picked up.
If you are walking into Whakahoro when you come through Taumarunui then you can leave your food and resupplies here (including your fruit and veges), have your safety briefing on the morning you plan to start walking and we will take your food and supplies into Whakahoro and meet you there on the designated day with your canoes and barrels. We have a new double-door fridge to keep your fruit and vegetables fresh until it’s time to bring them to you.
We will help with any of your bookings at the campsites/huts, flying fox, Jerusalem accommodation, Whanganui Holiday Park, etc., and will give you all the knowledge and information that you need for your journey.
Bicycle hire from Pipiriki to Whanganui is available if you don’t want to paddle the whole way.
We give you our Canadian canoes with backrests if you are paddling all the way to Whanganui at no extra cost (if they are available).
Please note: We do not hire to solo travelers paddling alone. The river is simply not safe for you to be paddling the river alone. If there is an odd number in your group this is absolutely ok.
However, we keep a database of solo travelers, so please contact us with what you would like to do and we will do our best to find you a trip on the dates you would like to go.
If we don’t have any other solo travelers booked, we will ask other groups that are going on if you can join them. We find this the safest and politest thing to do as some groups prefer to paddle alone and it can cause an uncomfortable situation if you turn up to the river unannounced.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) provides campsites and huts situated along the river. Youth under 18 years old can camp at the campsites free of charge. We can assist you or can do your DoC campsite bookings to make it easier for you, for no additional charge.
Note that if you make a mistake when using the Department of Conservation booking website, they may charge you to make changes (even if you are making it yourself online). Please give us a call before doing any bookings so we can help you with campsites.