Canoe the Whanganui River
Multi-day trips, freedom hire or guided. You choose!
Welcome to Raetihi and the start of your Whanganui River journey. We are based at the Raetihi Holiday park, from where our river trips depart.
Your hosts are Ben and Rebecca, whose aim is to make your trip on the Whanganui River an amazing experience.
Ben and Rebecca are the only canoe hire operators on the Whanganui River who own a Holiday Park, so be assured of a comfortable night’s sleep in our range of accommodation options the night before your trip.
After meeting at the Park you will take a shuttle to whichever canoe destination you have chosen. Your cars will be securely parked at the base (for free) while you are paddling on the Whanganui River.
Enjoy a free warm shower, drink, and snack when you get back to base after the trip.
Talk to us about your paddling experience and we can help you choose the most suitable trip.
2/3 hour Whanganui River Road Paddle
Meet at the Raetihi Holiday Park for your briefing. Then shuttle 27km to Pipiriki for instructions and before you set off on your way. This section of the river is not part of the National Park, so there are no jet boats around, and you get away from the crowds a little. Leave the rest of the world behind and experience peace and tranquility as you drift down the river towards Jerusalem. Your shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to Raetihi.
Overnight at John Coull
Canoe from Whakahoro, stay overnight at John Coull and jet boat to Pipiriki from Bridge to Nowhere. Meet at the Raetihi Holiday Park, at 8am you will be shuttled to Whakahoro. Your shuttle driver will give you paddle instructions and send you on your way. You will see the highlights of the majestic Whanganui River with its fern-clad gorges and after a night at John Coull, you will reach Mangapurua Landing – gateway to the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. After a walk to the Bridge, and back to the landing you will be met by jet boat and taken back down to Pipiriki and your car.
Tour 1 - Whakahoro to Pipiriki (3-4 days)
This is the most beautiful and scenic part of the river. You will be amazed
as you paddle through the center of the Whanganui National Park passing through pristine native bush, deep gorges covered with ferns, caves and rapids.
Tour 2 - Ohinepane to Pipiriki (4-5 days)
This trip begins approximately 20 km down river from Taumaranui at Ohinepane. As you paddle down the river you will pass through farmland, slowly making your way deep into the center of the Whanganui National Park. The native bush caves, and deep gorges covered with ferns are breathtaking.
Tour 3 – Cherry Grove to Pipiriki (5-6 days)
Starting in Taumarunui and suitable for the keen adventurous type with plenty of paddling experience. Starts in a shallow, rocky section of the river with plenty of rapids, rocks and logs for you to paddle around right from the start. Your beautiful surroundings, including waterfalls, native bush, caves, and gorges are idyllic.
Mountain bike options also available.
We can advise on what you need to bring and a range of other accommodation options.