Whanganui Journey

Whanganui Journey

Whanganui National Park


26 Rankers Reviews

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12 Whanganui River

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Time: Up to 5 days, Distance: 145 km

The Whanganui Journey is a popular canoe trip but can also be walked over a number of days.


Feature Value Info


DOC Manawatu/Whanganui

Central government organisation


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiWhanganui River


  • Walking
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 26.

Flatlanders's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Oscar Petersen


Ranking: 10/10

Rent a canoe and get going, you will not regret it!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Daniel Faasser


Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Vic Baughen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Superb scenery, always worth the effort.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Emely Walker


Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 7/10

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).

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

Selina's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Cora's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

We did a three day trip in a quiet and peaceful environment. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed it.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Maximilian Seitz


Ranking: 8/10

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!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Flora Kiessling


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect for an inexperienced canoeist. Amazing camping and picnic spots. Great spots beside the river (Bridge to Nowhere).

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Andrea Le Stunff


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Florian Bisault


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome trip with stunning views, lots of wild goats, beautiful birds and peaceful silence. I would not have done more than three days though.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Tobi's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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