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Whanganui River Canoes

10 Parapara Road, Raetihi 4632, New Zealand
+64 6-385 4176
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Awesome day trip on the Whanganui River

Amazing scenery to be seen while navigating the Whanganui River, with basically untouched bush... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Frank M
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Incredible canoe trip

I did the 3 day trip with my partner, his father and brother during February '17- I am a total... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
232lucy
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Join Whanganui River Canoes for a three - five day canoe/kayak trip on the Whanganui River. You can choose to 'do it yourself'with a freedom hire, or have our guides cater for you and show you the best spots along the river. You can meet us the night before your trip at the Raetihi Holiday Park for comfortable, affordable accommodation, or ask us about our Holiday Home if that is more your style. We will make sure you are packed, briefed and ready to go before you start the adventure of your lifetime.
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10 Parapara Road, Raetihi 4632, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing scenery to be seen while navigating the Whanganui River, with basically untouched bush alongside the water. Lots of interesting low grade rapids make the journey fun. Pick up and drop off included, does require a bit of a drive to get in and out,...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I did the 3 day trip with my partner, his father and brother during February '17- I am a total novice and although I got pretty damp on occasions I was rather impressed with myself that I stayed in the boat at all times! Our...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This first part of my review is not about the Trip itself it is about the Whanganui River Canoes company. WRC provided us with a canadian canoe for our 3 day trip on the river. Getting to Raetihi, we went straight to the holiday camp,...More

Thank Simon S
WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Hi there Simon, thanks for coming along on a trip with us - it looks like you had a great time on the river, and appreciated the briefing and gear that you hired! Awesome:) It is great to hear your opinion about our base, however...More

Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Got on the jet at Piririki and rode up to the bridge to nowhere. Walked in for a picnic at the bridge. After walking back to the river rode the jet back down so far and then took a canadian canoe the rest of the...More

Thank Terri C
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We booked our canoe hire here and stayed at the campsite at the beginning and end of the trip. The campsite was terrific, the staff excellent, equipment great and the safety briefing thorough. The briefing included a full weather forecast for the days we were...More

Thank 20Eileen
WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Hi there Eileen, thank you for your review - we are so happy that you enjoyed your trip:) It is great to hear good feedback :) Feel free to come back anytime :)

Reviewed 26 February 2017

The base of the Whanganui River Canoes isthe Raetihi Holiday Park and is halfway between Auckland and Wellington, and close to the Ohakune railway station.Bookings are essential for a trip to theWhanganui River Canoes.The trip is exciting and adventurous.

Thank LachmiPunjabi
WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Hi there, thank you for your review!! We loved helping you with your trip:)

Reviewed 17 February 2017

Worked for this company as a side job when I was in the area guiding. Loved the approach to safety, communication with the other companies that this organisation had.

Thank lucysutt0n
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Had a great trip this last week. Was a bit nervous about doing the freedom canoe hire, but everything went incredibly well ! Myself and my friend had minimal/limited previous experience, having only done kayaking 10 years ago on a high school camp, and after...More

Thank munde712
WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Hi there, thanks for coming along on the trip with us, we loved having you! Thanks for the awesome review, it is great to see that you loved everything we had to offer you :)

Reviewed 30 January 2017

Went on this adventure for a family holiday - Mum, Dad and three lads (aged 17-21). Had booked for the 2 day option where we got picked up at the 'Bridge to Nowhere' landing by jet boat. Went on the understanding that our briefing included...More

Thank JoUrq
WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hi Jo, thank you for attempting a canoe trip with us, and for taking the time to place a review. It is a real shame that you did not enjoy your trip. Our Safety briefings are a real source of pride in our business. The...More

Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We took the three day guided tour of the Whanganui River, through Whanganui River canoes, travelling as a couple with our son and daughter-in-law. This was a trip we had anticipated from an earlier trip by jet boat to the Bridge to Nowhere and having...More

Thank peecee65
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Wayne R
What is the best time of year to do this kayaking trip?
11 February 2017|
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Response from WRCRHP | Property representative |
Hi Wayne, our season runs from October through till the end of April. There is still plenty of time this season if you want to come along :)
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heather12433
We are 3 ladies in our 50s sporting active and fit but with only a little canoeing experience. Would we need a guide/tuition to complete the three day tour? We would be looking to come Feb.24th ish 2016 . We are hoping to catch the Northern Explorer to the National Park on the 23rd Feb. Is it poss to arrange a pick up from there? Thanks in anticipation.
10 November 2015|
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Response from WRCRHP | Property representative |
Hi there, thank you for your question. I would recommend taking the train to Ohakune, as that is only 10 minutes away so a lot easier for us to pick you up. We do offer a full briefing, and description of the river, and how... More
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