Mangaweka Adventure Co

Mangaweka Adventure Co


10 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

5 Rafting

3 Mangaweka

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Fun 1hr rafting or kayaking trips halfway between Taupo and Wellington - no experience needed

Break up your trip between Taupo and Wellington with Mangaweka Adventure Co - we have the perfect river activities on the Rangitikei River for everyone in your group.
Family fun rafting trips meet at 10am, take an hour on the water and start at $75 - inlcudes transport, guides, gear and after trip snack! No experience required. Children as young as 3 years old are encouraged to join!
Guided kayaking trips add more adventure to your day. Even if you're a group of 2 people, we are keen to go kayaking. Trips meet at 2pm, cost $90pp and include all transport, gear and after trip snack or soak in the river view cedar hot tub.
More time to spend on the river? Take the day to explore our "Grand Canyon of the Rangitikei". This amazing day through the Mokai Gorge includes walks to waterfalls, a riverside lunch and LOTR location. This day adventure meets at 9am, finishes around 4pm and costs $220pp.
If you want a real NZ adventure, stay on the river overnight! MAC offer a unique river experience with amazing views, exploration of the river and its many caves & waterfalls. Our guides whip up the fire cooked meals and keep you entertained with stories of other river adventure. We provide all the yummy food and river gear you need for this adventure, except a toothbrush and clean undies. Ring us free on 0800 655 747 to book.
All trips meet at Awastone, our riverside base for rafting and kayaking trips. They also host a lovely campground with powered sites for camper vans, if you want to park up for the night.


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Mangaweka Adventure Co

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North IslandManawatu - WanganuiMangaweka


  • Rafting

Operating Season And Hours

Open Year Round - At Awastone, our riverside base.
Winter: Bookings are essential - ring on 0800 655 747
Summer: Plenty of guides around to make your trip happen in 15 minutes.


Showing 8 reviews of 10.

Hamish Stuart's avatar

Hamish Stuart

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great day on the River. Tricia and Paul were really helpful and the children we brought up for the day loved the experience.
We would definitely use them again.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Darlene's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

I had the pleasure of taking the Grand Canyon Scenic Float in October 2015. It was the best trip of my visit. Relaxing, breathtaking scenery, peaceful float through canyons with surprises around every bend in the gentle river. The guide, Dean, was knowledgeable and entertained us with humorous stories of local and international rafting adventures. The lunch was fantastic, introducing me to the addition of beets as a condiment for sandwiches. Fresh and tasty. There are added surprises that you will discover on the float that add even more wonder to this spectacular section of the river (you will have to take the trip to find out what they are). I highly recommend this trip and others by this company. I stayed in the Awastone Campground which was exceptionally clean, fantastic location next to the river and canyon walls.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Mangaweka Adventure Co responds:

Thanks Darlene - it was great to meet you and Im glad it all worked out...

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Chris Cresswell

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great service, great people, great river. Highly recommended

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Brewdab Shing


Ranking: 6/10

Good one also a nice town old and historic .

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Verne Heath


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent personal service, great lunch, trip to and from canyon on 4x4 exhilirating in slippery conditions. Great guide, office and cafe staff very helpful.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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f_family1's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful family trip through Papa Gorge. The guides were amazing with our two boys. They kept the energy and fun level to the maximum. The boys loved finding fossils and bringing them home to show family and friends and they even learned a lot while they enjoyed the ride. Thank you from all of us!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Mangaweka Adventure Co responds:

Thanks for your comments. Tom had a great time too!

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Ranking: 10/10

Great fun for the whole family! We had our boys (4 and 6) with us on the 2-3 hr Papa Gorge trip and we all enjoyed it very much. The water wasn't too wild for the kids, stunning scenery and lucky us, good weather. Tom, our guide, was although very nice and helpful in finding fossils along the way, the kids' highlight!
We stayed with our motorhome on the campground where the trip ended - its although very nice, quiet and in a beautiful setting on the river

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Mangaweka Adventure Co responds:

Thanks for your comments! The campground is a lovely quiet spot to hang out without too much hassle from the caretakers!

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Joe H!

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wanting a very crusie relaxing experience for all the family or a more youthful active adventure, try this. We did the ezi 5hr paddle. Took my mother (76yrs) & her 8 friends (12yr to 85yr) for a 5hr trip to see the great white cliffs & boulders. Our lunch break along the river was supplied at the perfectly rounded boulders in a forest that was an easy walking distance from the river. These boulders are 2 times larger than the Moeraki Boulders, down in North Otago. Me, being a double leg amputee I found this trip very accessible. There are plenty of other types of rafting options that you can experience with these guys, from extreme rafting/kayaking to an ezi paddling adventure. They cover all the bases. Their toasted sandwiches back at base, rock! Accomodation we stayed in the night before, was at the Loghouse in Mangaweka. There are options where you can stay at the very scenic motor camp down by the river(cabins/tent sites). ENJOY!

Reviewed over 13 years ago