26 Rankers Reviews
8 Whanganui River
The Whanganui Journey is a popular canoe trip but can also be walked over a number of days.
North Island ▷ Manawatu - Wanganui ▷ Whanganui River
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What a ride! Did 3 day canoe from Blazing Paddles. Lost one wooden paddle on day two, found it back on day 3! Especially day 3 (to Pipikiri) is challenging. Trip starts nice and sweet paddling downstream...and ends up with rapids that made us tip over twice...and the river gets deep, wide and fast by that time. But all in all very doable, even for us in our 50s. Just make sure you can swim, keep your lifevest on and tie everything. We lost a hat, watershoes and sunglasses ;) It's a beautiful trip and you'll have time to relax and look around although if you want to make the huts/campground before 6pm you can not linger to long.
Rent a canoe and get going, you will not regret it!
We paddled downstream through beautiful scenery. Bridge to Nowhere walk was worthwhile, some birdlife out there. Felt like three days was enough since variation is not plenty in terms of scenery. We collapsed once in the canoe, since we took the wrong part of the way.
Superb scenery, always worth the effort.
We did the Journey for three days in a canoe and had so much fun! There were not many people on the river, so we were really often completely alone and could enjoy the landscape and the paddling.
3 to 5 day Great Walk, by canoe. Nice landscape but a little monotonous. Need good weather. 3 days were enough (last day quite long because not much current).
Three days of canoeing and enjoying the peaceful nature of the Whanganui River. Met interesting people and learnt a lot about the Maori Culture at the hut's.
We did a three day trip in a quiet and peaceful environment. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed it.
Amazing vegetation, dense bush and lots of green. Really feels like you are in Jurassic Park. I would recommend seeing the Harahurutu Waterfalls as you lie in a green canopy overhanging a 50m cliff. So peaceful!
Perfect for an inexperienced canoeist. Amazing camping and picnic spots. Great spots beside the river (Bridge to Nowhere).
Andrea Le Stunff
We did a three day canoe. Very good if you need a break from the city. The river and forest around is so wild and quiet. You get to see waterfalls around and mountain goats.
Awesome trip with stunning views, lots of wild goats, beautiful birds and peaceful silence. I would not have done more than three days though.
Did the three day (two nights) tour. Lots of fun on the river, especially the rapids. Also really nice scenery, but three days was definitely enough for me.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍