Taumarunui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours offer unguided canoe/kayaking trips on the Whanganui River in New Zealand
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Taumarunui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours offer unguided canoe/kayak journeys from 1-5 days and Jet Boat Tours on the Whanganui River in the most central part of New Zealand

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Trip Information

The Whanganui River Canoe Journey is a great adventure for all.

Our trips are ideal for those wishing to have a relaxing holiday, but include enough challenges to create a fun experience. It’s a great chance to really get away from it all for a few days in perfect remoteness. No telephones...no televisions. Just you and nature.

We cater for a great variety of people from all age groups with the emphasis on enjoyment; so a moderate level of fitness is all that is required for the Whanganui River Canoe/Kayak journeys. If you do have a low level of fitness, please be honest with yourself and choose a Jet Boat ride, or a shorter trip or take an extra day to complete your Canoe Journey.


Please CALL us and we can chat with you about the Logistics of your SCHOOL GROUPS, FAMILY HOLIDAY, or GROUP of MATES. We will work with you to ensure that there is less stress on you organising your groups. We can help you by:

  • Emailing information the people in Your Group need to know, for you:
  • A smaller deposit,
  • Freedom Camping beside the River the night before/after your journey, with a Fire Pit; and/or
  • Marae Style sleeping in our Briefing Room (as seen on our home page) YOU TUBE LINK:
  • Use of our BBQ and extensive deck with Mountain and River Views, plus much more.

    Your Whanganui River Canoe Journey starts at either our Taumarunui Base, Ohinepane or Whakahoro, and we will meet you at the end of your journey at the boat ramp in Whakahoro or Pipiriki with refreshments including baking and a drink to welcome you back. TRANSPORT TO AND FROM YOUR JOURNEY IS INCLUDED IN OUR PRICE.

    Vehicle access to the river by road is non existant between Whakahoro and Pipiriki.

    The Whanganui River Canoe Journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki is known as a Department of Conservation (DOC) top 10 Great Walk.

    The Department of Conservation (DOC) provides huts and campsites situated along the Whanganui River.

    The costs of the Campsites and Huts is all explained on their Website The Youth Pass is FREE for Youth aged up to 18 years old.

    For more information please visit http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/manawatu-whanganui/whanganui/whanganui-journey/plan-and-prepare/fees-bookings-and-conditions/

    It can be quite daunting trying to make the DOC Campsite and Hut booking, so should you need any help at all please don't hesitate to give us a call, we will help by either doing the booking for you (NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES) or giving you information you need to do the booking yourself..

    The money you pay to stay in the campsites and huts is used to provide and maintain the services DOC have. It helps sustain the native wildlife, so that all future Manuhiri (visitors) are able to share and enjoy the Whanganui River National Park experience.

    Huts and campsites are noT on a first come, first served basis, if you are booked in the Hut that is where you stay and if you are booked in a campsite that is where you stay.

    The huts have bunk beds, mattresses, a fire place, water supply, basic kitchen and toilets. Campsites have ample tent sites, medium shelter, water supply, toilets, table and seating. These sites are situated higher than the river.


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    We offer Freedom Camping Before & after your journey with us.


    Taumarunui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours
    292 Hikumutu Road
    New Zealand

    Free Phone:
    0800 CANOE 4 U (NZ only)
    (0800 22663 4 8)
    (+64 7 895 7483)
    If all else fails 64 7 895 5350

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